((If the Upload facility in this web site isn't working, use an sftp program to upload files to sub-folders of the 889E folder in the pdf locker. [The upload function in the pdf locker is broken.] Here are links to good sftp programs for Windows and Macs available free to students. Here's how to configure the relevant session in the Windows program. (I assume Mac one is similar.) Once you're in, navigate to locker, then to 889E Professional Methods, then to suitable sub-folder.))

LING889E   (1 credit)                
Professional Methods
Fall 2014


Uploading:   [[For safety reasons, only pdfs can be uploaded.]]
  CV Upload 
  Application Letter Upload
  Dean's question answer Upload

Uploaded stuffCVs       Web page URLs     Application Letters    Dean's question answers     Research statements    Teaching statements

Week by week topics and tasks (Subject to change. Check this site frequently.)
Standardly bring a computer or tablet to class and post any written assignments to this web site, or, if that fails, to the appropriate sub-folder of the 889E folder in the pdf locker, so we can all look at them and help each other.
Sept. 3     Course overview
Sept. 10   CVs  Post a draft of yours. Here are some suggestions  and here is a very useful link.
Sept. 17   More on CVs; web sites
Sept. 24   More web sites; Look for appropriate job ads 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 good.) And here's an excerpt on cover letters, including one sample, from U. of Texas Academic Job Search Handbook.
Oct. 1   Finish discussion of web sites. Application cover letters. Upload a draft (and accompanying job ad).
Oct. 8  Application cover letters. Upload a draft (and accompanying job ad; or if there is no relevant ad, make up one).
Oct. 15   More cover letters.  "The Dean's question": You've made the short list and are brought in for job talk and department interview. Then you are taken to the Dean (not a linguist), who asks "So tell me what you work on". Upload a written version of your answer (one paragraph).
Oct. 22  More Dean's question answers    
Oct. 29   Mock interview (Associate Dean Daryle Williams will interview Aaron)
Nov. 5-19    Departmental interviews. You will take turns being the applicant. The rest of us will be the departmental search committee. 15-20 minutes for each interview. Be ready with some questions you will ask. 
Nov. 26  If mock interviews are finished, we can cover one or two of the topics in the list on the left. We can decide on Nov. 19.
Dec. 3  Guest lecturers: Tonia and Ellen on issues involved in balancing personal and professionsl life.
Dec. 10  Guest lecturer:  Phil on non-academic professional possibilities.

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

Meeting time:

W 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room MMH 1401G

Howard Lasnik, instructor

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

Office hours:
Monday afternoons & evenings
Wednesday all day (until about 5:00)
Other times: If the door's open, drop in

Course description

Topics will include:

-Writing a CV
-Creating/revising your web site
-Writing a job application letter
-Requesting letters of recommendation
-Giving a job talk
-Interviewing
   with the search committee
   with the dean
-Writing letters of recommendation
-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

useful links
pdf locker (Look especially in the folder "689A Professional Methods" where there are a bunch of student uploads from last time I taught the course)