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Here you will find dates, info, to do items, for each upcoming meeting. Please try to log in to meetings a few minutes before they start to make sure there are no issues. Zoom info will be posted to the shared calendar invites. Please RSVP to these workshops in advance. 


Introduction to the Job Market 

11:00 AM EST

Facilitated by Albert Laguna

Individual meetings will be scheduled for the following week. Sign up here:


Mentor Orientation Meeting (Mentors Only)

3:00-4:00 EST

Facilitated by Nena Torres and Jennifer Boles 


Optional: Live Webinar with Professor is In, Hacking the Job Market (in a pandemic)

3:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Dr. Karen Kelsky


Mellon Fellows Orientation

12:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Jennifer Boles


Welcome to the Program and Introductions



Cover Letter and CV Workshop

2:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Albert Laguna

To do: Revised cover letters are due to your folders on Friday, July 17th. 


Optional Webinar: The Professor Is In, Going Postac (in a Pandemic)

6:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Dr. Karen Kelsky


Optional: REMOTE Free Virtual Conference

about Online Teaching 

9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST

This event is free but you must register. I recommend attending some of these sessions to anticipate interview questions about how you will adapt your courses to be online.There are also sessions on Monday but they overlap with your cover letter session.


Conversation with Mellon Alumni about the Fellowship and Job Market

1:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Albert Laguna


Job Market Breakout Sessions

11:30-3:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Albert Laguna

  • GROUP 1 11:30-12:40 (Allison Guess, Óscar Campo Becerra)

  • GROUP 2 12:30-1:30 (Rosanna Simmons, Alberto Wilson)

  • GROUP 3 1:30-3:00 (Lexi Pérez, Ana Cristina Perry, Alana de Hinojosa) 


Optional Live Webinar: Professor is In, Talking Mental Health in the Academy (in a pandemic)

6:00 PM EST 

Facilitated by Dr. Karen


Teaching and Diversity Statement Workshop

11:30-1:00 EST

Facilitated by Albert Laguna

Due Monday July 27 by 9am:  Submit draft of teaching statement and diversity statement (1-page each, single spaced) to Job Market folders


Optional Live Webinar: Knowing Your Own Value in Academia: Self-Advocacy, Time Management, and Saying No

6:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Dr. Karen Kelsky


Optional Live Webinar: How to Write a Winning Grant

6:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Dr. Karen Kelsky


Breakout Sessions with Albert

11:30-1:00 PM EST

  • GROUP 1 11:30-12:40 (Allison Guess, Óscar Campo Becerra)

  • GROUP 2 12:30-1:30 (Rosanna Simmons, Alberto Wilson)

  • GROUP 3 1:30-3:00 (Lexi Pérez, Ana Cristina Perry, Alana de Hinojosa) 


Workshop: Interviewing for the Academic Job Market

11:30-2:30 PM EST

Facilitated by Albert Laguna


POSTPONED: Workshop: Journal Publishing, DATE TBA

1:00-3:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Editor-in-Chief Lourdes Torres, Latino Studies

Please sign in a few minutes early! 


Optional Post-Ac Workshop: How to Get the Job You Really Want with Jennifer Polk

6:30 PM ET

Facilitated by Jennifer Polk from PhD to Life

This is a Women's only event.

Are you looking to take the next step in your career journey, whether within your current position or company, starting a new job, or building a business? Participate in this workshop to; gain greater clarity about the importance of knowing yourself during a job search or career exploration,• develop deeper understanding of your own strengths, and identify next steps you can take to move your career forward.At the end of the workshop, you will feel more confident interacting with others in a context where you’re discussing what you want and are looking for in a job or career. Register on Eventbrite.


Optional Post-Ac Workshop: Career Diversity Virtual Roundtable

6:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Career Diversity Virtual Roundtable

Career Diversity Virtual Roundtable


HWW Alumni Panel and 2021 Predoctoral Career Diversity

Join us for a kickoff of Humanities Without Walls’ (HWW) 2020-21 career diversity programming! In this virtual roundtable, hear from three HWW fellowship alumni about their experiences post-fellowship and how the Predoctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop informed their career exploration and development. This session will also launch the 2021 fellowship application season, with a Q&A to answer your questions about the fellowship application process and the switch to a virtual workshop in 2021. Registration is required. A meeting link will be shared with registrants by email on the morning of August 27.  PLEASE REGISTER BY AUGUST 21.


October Cohort Check-In

11:00-12:00 AM EST

Facilitated by  Jennifer Boles and Deanna Ledezma

Revise plan and write a reflection about your writing process before the meeting. 


Writing Workshop II

11:30-1:00 PM EST

Turn in to your writing folders before the meeting:

1.) updated Unschedule

2.) Reflection of your month's writing process based on your graph

3.) Dissertation 1-page outline updated with %'s and loose timeline to completion on second page


Optional: Beyond Professoriate Webinar, Job Searching in the Pandemic

12:00-1:00 PM ET

Join us at noon EDT on Sept 10th for our free webinar on Job Searching During the Covid-19 Recession. We will talk to My-Linh Luong (ABD) and Alyssa Lowery (PhD), two job seekers who have been actively searching for employment in the U.S. during the past four months.

In this webinar, you will learn:


  • Strategies for networking and learning about which sectors are growing.

  • Questions and issues to consider when applying and interviewing.

  • Self-care tips to keep you moving forward in your search.



Click to Register



Register to join the webinar on September 10th at 12pm EDT (and if you can't attend live, register to receive the replay).


Optional: Beyond Professoriate Academic Success Conference

11:00-4:00PM ET

Let me know if you want to attend. If enough of you are interested, I may be able to purchase tickets. 

11:00 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET
Sarah Glosson, PhD – Writing strategies for Humanities and Social Science Graduate Students and PhD

12:15 p.m. ET - 1:15 p.m. ET
David Congdon, PhD – From Dissertation to Published Book: A guide for first-time authors

1:30 p.m. ET - 2:30 p.m. ET

Ben Arenger, PhD – 3 Tips for Successful Grant and Fellowship Applications 

2:45 p.m. ET - 3:45 p.m. ET

Jennifer Askey, PhD – Productivity and Time Management for Humanities and Social Science Grad Students and PhDs


Register here:


Mentor Job Market "Roundtable" with Fellows

11:00-1:00 PM EST

Facilitated by Albert Laguna and Jennifer Boles

Mentors discuss their experiences on the job market and offer advice about the process and transitioning to a tenure-track job. This will be followed by a Q&A. 


Writing Self-Care with Chris Bowman

11:00-12:30 PM EST

Chris Bowman is a Chicago-based physical trainer, chiropractor, massage therapist, and professional organizer. She is going to discuss best practices for mental and physical health while offering individualized feedback for optimizing your writing space and keeping your body and mind healthy. 

 In anticipation of the workshop, send her a short video of you working in your workspace. You need to show your entire body, so have someone film it for you or place it far enough away that she can see your entire workspace. Then take the camera and just show her what your space looks like close up. In addition to this, please make sure that you introduce yourself (name, location, brief 1-2 sentences about your diss project) and include the kinds of things that you do to take care of your mind and body while writing. You can discuss your writing routine (perhaps how it's changed recently and what you've learned), how you break up your time for mental and physical breaks), how long you work, how/when you move your body, etc., etc. She would also like to know if you experience any pain or have any concerns with your body that are aggravated by writing. 

Please upload the videos here. If you don't want to submit a video, then a photo of you working (one full shot of you and then a close up of your space) with a short written blurb is also fine. 


November Check-In

11:00-12:00 PM EST

The goal of this meeting is to report and reflect on your writing and well-being in November and since the start of the fellowship, and discuss your updated plan from January to completion. We will also assign peer reviewers and discuss this in more detail. Please make sure to fill out the peer review sheet as soon as possible and complete the reflection and updated plan before our meeting as outlined on the website.


Latino Studies Webinar on Journal Publishing

7: 00 PM EST

Access recording of the webinar here

“Journals of Latina/o/x Studies: Publishing Today and Tomorrow” brings together editors from three prestigious, interdisciplinary journals devoted to Latina/o/x Studies. Charlene Villaseñor-Black (Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture), Edwin Meléndez (Centro: Journal of Puerto Rican Studies), and Lourdes Torres (Latino Studies), join LSA President, Rafael Pérez-Torres, for a conversation about the current and possible future state of journal publication in Latinx Studies.


Our conversation will range from a nuts and bolts discussion about what journals look for in successful essays, reviews, and notes to conjectures about the future of journal publication in a post-pandemic digital age. This will be an informative and engaging conversation immediately relevant to the continued development of Latina/o/x Studies. We hope you will join us!


Virtual Roundtable Dec 9, 2020, 4pmPST/7pmEST


Click here to register:


January Mellon Check-In

11 00 AM EST

Submit your chapter for peer review by January 22nd. See instructions here. 


Journal Publishing with Editor Lourdes Torres

1 00 PM EST


Monthly Check-In

2 00 PM EST

Peer reviews due to folder on February 29th. 


Monthly Check-In

2:00 PM EST

Peer reviews due to folder on March 26th. 


Book Publishing Workshop with Olga Herrera + Final Check in

2:00-4:00 PM EST

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