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?