LING689M   (1 credit)                
Professional Methods
Fall 2022

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Week by week topics and tasks (Subject to change. Check this site frequently.)

Aug. 31     Course overview
Sept. 7     CVs  Upload a draft of yours. Here are some suggestions  and here is a useful link.
Here's an interesting guide to Locating and Applying for Linguistics Jobs in both the Academic and Private Sectors. It has sections on CVs as well as several of our other major topics.
Sept. 21   More on CVs.
Web sites. Send me the url of your site, or put it on the list in the shared folder yourself.
Also, look for appropriate job ads (need not be current) and begin working on draft of application letter to upload. Here's a HO of mine on cover letters, here's an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.  (Unfortunately, the links to sample letters in this pdf don't work, but the advice offered is generally good.) And here's an excerpt on cover letters, including one sample, from U. of Texas Academic Job Search Handbook.
Sept. 28   Finish discussion of web sites. Application cover letters. Upload a draft (and accompanying job ad).
Oct. 5  Finish discussion of application letters. Do first draft of "Dean's question" answer. (You can find samples from 2018 and 2020 in the Uploaded stuff link on this site.)
-Link to UCI guide to "Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement"
Oct. 12  Finish discussion of application letters. Then discussion of Dean's question answers. Upload yours before class. Look at those from previous years for ideas. You will want to convey (or at least hint) what the field and your corner of it is about, why it's intersting and important, and what your particular contribution is (all to someone who most likely never even had Ling 101).
Oct. 19   We will finish discussion of Dean's question answers. Then departmental interview practice. Bring in your questions. All of you will be interviewers, and, in turn, interviewees. Our wiki has some ideas to get you started on interview questions. More interview questions.
Oct. 26    More interviews. Also, start working on your Research Statement. Upload your draft by   Oct. 31. You can see previous students' ones from 2018 and 2020 in the folder linked above. And here are some general suggestions: Dr. Karen's Rules of the Research Statement  <In our field, 3 pages is a pretty typical length.>
Nov. 2   Mock interview (ARHU Associate Dean Trevor Parry-Giles will conduct the interviews, offer suggestions, and answer questions).
Nov. 9  Final departmental interviews. Research Statements. Upload yours in advance, and look at the others prior to class.
Nov. 16  More Research Statements. Upload yours by Nov. 14. Read all of them before Nov. 16.
Nov. 30
  Really final departmental interviews. We will do an interview with Gesoel Mendes, a recent UMD grad who has made the short list at USC. I uploaded his cover letter (all his other stuff is linked in the cover letter). I will set up a Zoom.
Research Statements.
Dec. 7    Last class meeting. Research Statements.

Administrative note: If for some reason you need more than one credit for the course, talk to me.

Meeting time:

W 11:00-12:30  
Room MMH 1401G

Howard Lasnik, instructor

1106 Marie Mount Hall
<lasnik [AT] UMD [DOT] edu>
(301) 405-4929

Course description

Topics will include:

-Writing a CV
-Creating/revising your web site; more general web presence considerations
-Writing a job application letter
-Requesting letters of recommendation
-Giving a job talk
   with the search committee
   with the dean  [Associate Dean Trevor Parry-Giles will conduct an interview with a volunteer]
-Writing letters of recommendation
And a selection of the following, based on students' interests:
-Non-academic professional possibilities
-Balancing professional and personal life
-Submitting an article to a journal
   Responding to reviewers' comments and criticisms

-Reviewing a journal submission
-Submitting an abstract to a conference
-Preparing a handout for a conference presentation or job talk
-Giving the presentation (and responding to questions)
-Being an impressive audience member at a talk
-Teaching techniques
-Research statements
-Teaching statements
-Diversity statements

useful links
pdf locker