Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities

Paperback | February 15, 2010

byGregory M. Colón Semenza

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Many graduate students continue to be regarded as "apprentices" despite the fact that they are expected to design and teach their own classes, serve on university committees, and conference and publish regularly. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the attrition rate for American Ph.D. programs is at an all-time high, between 40% and 50% (higher for women and minorities). Of those who finish, only one in three will secure tenure-track jobs. These statistics highlight waste: of millions of dollars by universities and of time and energy by students. Rather than teaching graduate students how to be graduate students, then, the guide prepares them for what they really seek: a successful academic career.

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Many graduate students continue to be regarded as "apprentices" despite the fact that they are expected to design and teach their own classes, serve on university committees, and conference and publish regularly. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the attrition rate for American Ph.D. programs is at an all-time high, betwee...

Gregory Colon Semenza is assistant professor of English, University of Connecticut.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.56 × 5.51 × 0.89 inPublished:February 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230100333

ISBN - 13:9780230100336

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Michael Bérubé * Introduction * The Culture of a Graduate Program * The Structure of a Graduate Career * Organization and Time Management * The Graduate Seminar * The Seminar Paper * Teaching * Exams * The Dissertation * Attending Conferences * Publishing * Service and Participation * The Job Market * Appendix A: Sample CVs * Appendix B: Sample Syllabi * Appendix C: Sample Teaching Portfolios * Appendix D: Examination Materials * Appendix E: Sample Dissertation Prospectus * Appendix F: Conference Materials * Appendix G: Book Prospectus Materials * Appendix H: Job Market Materials * Index

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"Gregory Semenza's Graduate Study for the Twenty-first Century is a tough-minded, witty, generous discussion of how to enter the profession of scholarship and teaching. The appendices alone are worth the price of the book; Semenza provides samples of everything from course syllabi and job letters to materials on the teaching portfolio, book prospectus, conference participation - everything a serious graduate student needs to succeed. The book should be required reading for graduate students and their professors."--Barry V. Qualls, Dean of Humanities, Rutgers University