Although graduate students are often interested in teaching a range of courses at a range of levels during their graduate training, those opportunities are not always available to them. This panel asks how graduate students can make the most of the teaching opportunities they frequently get: being a grader or discussion leader for a larger lecture course, tutoring in labs or writing centers, teaching introductory or general education courses in literature or writing. What might graduate students learn from these opportunities that will help them on the job market or when teaching mid- and upper-level courses? Conversely, how can these opportunities be valuable in and of themselves, other than being practice for later opportunities? How can graduate students integrate their research interests into these teaching positions? In short, how can these common (often devalued) teaching opportunities be privileged pedagogical positions and spaces? We are interested in hearing from current or former graduate students and from faculty or administrators who work with graduate students.
Please submit a 250-word abstract plus CV by 15 March 2015 to Alexandra Valint (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sarah Kremen-Hicks (email@example.com).
Teaching languages and literature beyond the R1 institutions and large well-established programs can be rigorous. It imposes its own set of challenges and what if scenarios, related to the enrollment, retention, and the overall vision of the role of humanities at the institution. The MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession invites you to explore these challenges at one of our sponsored panels “Humanities beyond Humanities” planned for the upcoming 2016 MLA Convention in Austin, TX. We welcome proposals on teaching languages and general humanities courses at STEM institutions, military academies, and smaller programs, as well as proposals on the state of languages and literature and alt-ac and post-ac tracks. Please submit a 250-word proposal and a short bio by March 10th, 2015 to Svetlana Tyutina (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Geffrey Davis (email@example.com).
If you’re on the job market or planning on going on the market, consider participating in the MLA’s academic job counseling! Sign up for a session in advance at the Job Information Center (at the Governor’s Ballroom, level 4, Hilton Austin). Counselors are available on Friday from 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The service is free. Bring a CV and/or cover letter and any questions you have about the market or your materials. Read our prior post from former committee member Shane Peterson about the advantages of speaking to a job counselor: http://mlagrads.mla.hcommons.org/2014/01/09/free-job-counseling/
Make sure you check out this post from the Committee on Information Technology for information on signing up for career consultations at the convention!
“The 20-minute consultations will take place on Friday, Jan. 9, and Saturday, Jan. 10, at the center operated by the Job Information Service, in the Fairmont Waterfront, across the street from the convention center. Just sign up at the center for a session. Need to know how to turn a CV into a résumé, or where to look for nonacademic positions? Curious to hear about the rewarding opportunities that alt-ac roles often generate? We can help! We look forward to meeting with you and talking about the possibilities of nontraditional career paths in the humanities.”