Do you need a personal website? What do you include in a teaching statement? How do you get the most out of your conference experience? As a graduate student, it is challenging enough to juggle coursework, research, writing, teaching, and building community, let alone consider how you might take steps now towards a future career. But thinking about professionalization sooner rather than later is worth doing, and the PhD Unlimited lunchtime series is here to help.
Whether you are aiming for a tenure-track job and/or exploring careers in administration, public service, industry, or other employment outside the university, the UC Davis Humanities Institute has developed a monthly, lunchtime series on graduate careers that takes a broad approach to professional development, and is geared specifically to the needs of graduate students in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences.
Jaimey Fisher, Director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute, explained: “The DHI is delighted to offer workshops that address a wide range of career development topics. We will have experts from all over the country come by to discuss matters of concern to graduate students, including your online identity, developing a writing style for scholarly and more general publication, and pursuing positions at community colleges or outside of the academy, to name just a few.”
Each event in the series will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the DHI Conference Room 228 Voorhies where lunch will be served (please RSVP to Becky Wilson at email@example.com).
- Tuesday, October 25: “Creating a Digital Identity”
Dr. Andy Jones, a lecturer in the University Writing Program, Academic Associate Director of Academic Technology Services, and Poet Laureate of the City of Davis, will talk about the benefits of establishing an online presence. Dr. Jones should know as someone who maintains 5 different websites and active social media feeds.
- Tuesday, November 29: “Crafting a Teaching Statement”
Kem Saichaie Ph.D., Associate Director of the Center for Educational Effectiveness, will guide you through a workshop presentation on best practices for articulating your approach to teaching.
Winter quarter events in the series approach building networks across the University of California for careers outside/alongside the academy and guidance on how to optimize your conference experience.
- Tuesday, January 31: Humanists@Work – UC Partnerships
Meg Sparling, a doctoral candidate in English at UC Davis and a member of the Humanists@Work Advisory Committee, will talk about the UC Humanists@Work initiative and ways that students can connect to those resources as well as creating and participating in a local chapter.
- Tuesday, February 28: Conferencing 101!
From preparation and networking to turning a conference paper into an article submission, Paul Reitter, Director of the Humanities Institute at The Ohio State University will lead you through best practices to make the most out of the academic conference.
Save the date for these events in the spring quarter – presenter details to come as the date approaches.
- Tuesday, April 24: Crafting a Resume and CV
Tuesday, May 30: Navigating the (local) Job Markets
– Stephanie Maroney, DHI Graduate Student Researcher and doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies