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1001 South Marquette Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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6:15- 6:50 (Hilton Board Room 1) Preparing for the Job Market

Led by Deborah Thomas, Professor of Anthropology and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

How does one stand out in a crowded job market? How can graduate students develop the skills to craft compelling job letters, CVs and supporting materials? Although getting a tenure-track job can seem to be a mysterious process, this workshop will focus on the components of the application dossier that are within the applicant's control, and strategies for surviving the process successfully.

6:55-7:30 (Hilton Board Room 1) Career Strategies for Contingent Faculty

Led by Lavanya Murali Proctor, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Lawrence University.

With heavy teaching loads, contingent faculty understandably find it difficult to research and publish at rates necessary to find secure employment. In this workshop, Professor Murali Proctor will share professional strategies for navigating the job placement landscape. What kinds of scholarship (traditional, public, a mix) can position oneself as a visible scholar? Involvement in AAA sections and other forms of engagement will be part of the discussion.

7:35-8:10 (Hilton Board Room 1) The Teacher Scholar: Preparing for a Career in Teaching-Intensive Institutions

Led by Gabriela Torres, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College, MA

A central contradiction rests at the heart of our discipline's training. Doctoral degree granting programs are designed to train students to work in similar programs, where research is the central and most rewarded feature of the job description. However, graduates are more likely to be employed in teaching-intensive institutions where a 4-4 teaching load is the norm. As a result, graduates are often ill prepared for the challenges and pleasures of working in a teaching-focused setting. What formal and informal skills should graduate students acquire early in their careers, while on the job market and in the first years of a tenure-track job? How can faculty better prepare their graduate students for these work expectations, so that they adjust smoothly as new faculty?

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Hilton Minneapolis

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1001 South Marquette Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55403

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