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ISBN-13: 978-0230109469 ISBN-10: 0230109462 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2 edition (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230109462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230109469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This 'survival manual' should be required reading for every doctoral student in the humanities who intends to pursue an academic career. In a realistic rather than idealistic approach, Professor Hume offers under one cover candid information not only for ABD's about to enter the job market but also for assistant professors during their first years in a tenure-track appointment. Written in engaging prose, this volume is a road map for success that stretches from sage advice for conference and campus interviews to departmental politics. The appendix contains many model examples of letters of application and of documents that doctoral students must submit when applying for their first faculty position."--Edward V. Williams, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

"Deft, detailed, unerring, candid, upbeat, and filled with examples (including sample CVs and cover letters appropriate to various fields in the humanities, with variations for applying to schools that emphasize teaching and institutions emphasizing research), this is the best book of its kind that I've ever seen. It will be essential to job hunters all across the humanities. Those who own a copy and follow its counsel will enhance their employment prospects about tenfold. Those who don't will find themselves at a tremendous disadvantage. Highly recommended to graduate students, untenured junior faculty, and their mentors."--David Cowart, Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities, University of South Carolina

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“This ‘survival manual’ should be required reading for every doctoral student in the humanities who intends to pursue an academic career. In a realistic rather than idealistic approach, Professor Hume offers under one cover candid information not only for ABD’s about to enter the job market but also for assistant professors during their first years in a tenure-track appointment. Written in engaging prose, this volume is a road map for success that stretches from sage advice for conference and campus interviews to departmental politics. The appendix contains many model examples of letters of application and of documents that doctoral students must submit when applying for their first faculty position.”--Edward V. Williams, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

“Deft, detailed, unerring, candid, upbeat, and filled with examples (including sample CVs and cover letters appropriate to various fields in the humanities, with variations for applying to schools that emphasize teaching and institutions emphasizing research), this is the best book of its kind that I’ve ever seen. It will be essential to job hunters all across the humanities. Those who own a copy and follow its counsel will enhance their employment prospects about tenfold. Those who don’t will find themselves at a tremendous disadvantage. Highly recommended to graduate students, untenured junior faculty, and their mentors.”--David Cowart, Louise Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities, University of South Carolina

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I recommend this book to graduate students and those who mentor them.
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The lists of interview questions that one might encounter are particularly useful (practice, practice, practice!).
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_Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt_ is an indispensable tool for navigating the academic job market.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Abel on July 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
For the last 4 years I've been involved in helping our English graduate students find academic jobs. Hume's book was of immense help in this regard. As the placement chair, I ordered it for our department, but I also encouraged our job seekers to get their own copies. It is simply the best book out there right now covering all the ins and outs of the humanities job market. Hume's advice, always provided in clear and direct language, is deeply rooted in both her own experience as a long-time professor at Penn State who has seen many job candidates come and go and the experience of the many students with whom she successfully worked as Penn State's placement advisor. In addition to excellent insights into the dos and don'ts of writing one's job application materials--letters, c.v.'s, teaching portfolios, follow-up communications, etc.--one of the greatest strengths of the book is its presentation of the feed-back Hume received from "her" job seekers in form of long lists of questions people were asked at MLA interviews or on campus, for instance. Working with "my" graduate students, I frequently staged mock interviews with them based on a sampling of the questions provided in Hume's book. Many of our students commented to me that one of the main reasons they felt they did well at MLA or on campus in terms of handling the various and varying questions they had to engage was that they were never really caught off-guard because Hume's book seems to cover every conceivable question one could possibly be asked. Also of great help are the many sample-documents Hume included in her book--again directly taken from her successful seekers.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shawna Ross on March 19, 2012
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_Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt_ is an indispensable tool for navigating the academic job market. I've owned this book for three years and have read it at least three times, and each time, I've taken new information from it. This has been my first year actually on the job hunt, and at least partly thanks to Hume's methods and examples, I received two tenure-track offers this year in a very tight market in a humanities specialization that is particularly noted for being oversupplied.

The best part of the book is its authoritative tone that demystifies the job market without making doomsday predictions or giving you a false sense of security. Reading it will help you calm down. If you start to feel anxious, start flipping through the book, and you should begin to feel more grounded.

To point to specific parts, though, the most helpful sections of the book for me have been the lists of interview questions, which are great for practicing from; the section that tells you what particular people are looking for in campus interviews (ie, the difference between talking to a dean or a president or a search committee chair or a graduate student); and the example job documents in the back of the book. The lists of questions are more comprehensive than anything I've found online, and the documents are superior to those found on a Google search because they are, in a certain sense, "peer reviewed." Just a few weeks ago, I used the section on negotiating to work out the salary and perks of my offers; there's nothing like reading that you can negotiate for more start-up money or a better computer for empowering you to make such requests.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Stegner on August 13, 2008
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This book is an excellent resource for any doctoral student's job search. The advice about interviewing, putting together a job application packet, and making the transition from a graduate student to a faculty member is very timely and helpful. The sample documents, which range from c.v.'s to cover letters, are the best feature of the book. I would highly recommend it to anyone on the job market in the humanities or thinking about the process in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. Zimmerman on October 11, 2012
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This really should be required reading for any poor soul exiting a doctoral program in the humanities. I bought several books about the job hunt, but Hume does the best job because her advice is specifically tailored to those in the humanities -- therefore, the examples she includes (vitas, letters, etc) are far more relevant. I also like that she doesn't end with job market help; she also talks about the tricky waters of negotiating salaries, benefits, etc. The information is both practical and vital.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shan on April 20, 2012
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This book is incredibly thorough. I can't imagine what my first interview would have been like if I had not read this, first.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Anne Fisher Gossage on May 25, 2011
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I'm a tenured English professor working happily in my field at a state university, thanks to the advice found in this book (first edition). Without it, I would have been lost. The second edition contains important updates, but the value of the content remains the same. You can't simply follow your own intuition when entering the crazy world of academic job hunting, as Hume shows. Her guidance on how to prepare application documents is priceless. She gives numerous valuable tips on how to prepare for a cattle-call conference interview and also on how to handle on-campus interviews. The book contains wonderfully specific advice on how to ask questions, including what not to ask or say (like never responding to an interviewer's query with "that's a good question"). All of these tips worked beautifully for me, and they are not the kinds of things that I was likely to think of on my own. The many examples given in the book also helped to take the stress out of the whole process. I followed Hume's instructions to the letter and received several job offers for tenure-track positions in my first year on the job market. Now that I have been on the other side of the interviewing process, I value this book even more and recommend it to my graduate students. Hume's advice on "the politics of being an assistant professor" can also help you to avoid some of the pitfalls that are easy to fall into when you are new to a department and university. Achieving tenure is about more than just being a good scholar, as Hume makes clear; it's also about navigating in a new environment. If you want a job as a professor in the humanities, and you want to do well after you get hired, your first step should be to buy this book and read it cover to cover.
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