We will be holding virtual and in-person workshops and gatherings this year.. Please reserve the following dates and times below (all EST and subject to change). In addition to these dates, you will need to reserve the Friday (with some exceptions) at the end of each month for cohort check-ins starting in October (exact dates and times will be posted at the start of each month). There will also be occasional virtual workshops scheduled throughout the fellowship year. We will try to arrange these on Fridays with ample notice. 

*all times are EST and subject to change


May 13th

Orientation with Jennifer Boles and Deanna Ledezma


June 1st

Fill out the mentor form 

Fill out this itinerary form for Fall Institute


July 1st

Job Market materials due. See below for details. Upload to your respective folders by the deadline.


Monday, July 12 

11:00-12:00 EST Welcome to the Program with Jennifer Boles, Deanna Ledezma, Albert Laguna, and Nena Torres

2:00-4:00 EST  One-on-One Meetings (20 minutes) with Albert Laguna. Sign up here: 


Tuesday, July 13

11:00-1:00 EST Workshop: Introduction to the Job Market

2:00-4:00 EST Workshop: The Cover Letter


Wednesday, July 14th

11:00-1:00 EST Workshop: The Teaching and Diversity Statement

2:00-4:00 EST Workshop: Interviewing


Week of July 19th 

Revise cover letter with a partner


July 26th

Upload revised documents to your job market folder by July 26th. 


July 28th

One-on-one meetings with Albert to review your documents (60 minutes). Sign up here: 

August 6th

Turn in writing materials. See details below. 

August 13th

2:00-4:00 Writing workshop (this time and date is tbd)

September 10th 

Revise documents and upload to your folder for your mentor and Albert to review before the Fall Institute. 


September 21-25th

Fall Institute in Chicago (TBD based on Covid-19 situation)


Arrive Tuesday PM (no activities planned) and depart Saturday (no activities planned). You can come early in the day or stay later but we can only reimburse you for meals at the per diem rate for Wednesday and Saturday.




Professionalization Workshops: Due July 1st


Upload all materials here to your designated job market folder. It is important to keep your folders organized. Always label with your last name, document label, and date, eg. BolesJ_CL_042121. Replace old versions or create an archive folder for drafts. Keep it clean and organized. 


1.) Polished Cover Letter, CV, Teaching Statement, Diversity Statement These should be written for a job from last year that resembles the kind of job and institution that is most appealing to you.  They should be polished and ready to submit to an actual job. Stick to 2 pages maximum for the cover letter and 1-2 pages for the teaching statement and diversity statement. 


How to write the documents:  We especially encourage you to purchase The Professor is In by Karen Kelsky and/or view her blog and write and format your documents as she suggests. For additional resources, refer to the website (will be updated by June 1st). You may also seek out samples from successful colleagues. 


2.) Goals for the Job Market Write a brief text in your folder that will help us to better understand your plans and goals on the job market. This should include:


  •  What are your greatest concerns as you think about applying for jobs and about the job market application process? 

  • What kind of jobs will you be applying to?  (liberal arts, visiting, research, public/private)

  • What do you want to learn more about? 

Writing Program: Due August 6th


1.) Upload an updated outline of your dissertation with chapter titles and percentages completed. See this example. 


2.) Upload a brief text that summarizes your writing habits. Please include:


  • Where do you write? What is your ideal writing location?

  • When do you write? How many days a week? How many hours in a day?

  • What are some of the struggles and forms of resistance that you have while writing?

  • What kinds of accountability systems have you used and what kinds would you like to try? What works best for you?

  • What are you hoping to get from the Mellon Program regarding writing support?