((If the Upload facility in this web site isn't working, use an sftp program to upload files to sub-folders of the 889A 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 889A Professional Methods, then to suitable sub-folder.))
LING889A (1 credit)
Uploading: [[For safety reasons, only pdfs can be uploaded.]]
Application Letter Upload
Dean's question answer Upload
Teaching Statement Upload
Uploaded stuff: CVs Web page URLs Application Letters Dean's question answers Research statements Teaching statements Abstracts
Week by week topics and tasks (Subject to change. Check this site frequently.)
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 889A folder in the pdf locker, so we can all look at them
and help each other.
Aug. 31 Course overview
Sept. 7 CVs
Post a draft of yours. Here are some suggestions
and here is a very
Sept. 14 More on CVs; web sites; info on putting your site on the department server and on creating web pages with the "look-and-feel" of the department website.
If you have never done any web page designing, a fairly intuitive tool is Adobe Dreamweaver, available to students through Adobe’s Creative Cloud, which can be found at
Sept. 21 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.
Sept. 28 Finish discussion of web sites. Application cover letters. Upload a draft (and accompanying job ad).
Oct. 5 I have to be in Europe. Have a mutual help session on letters and on Dean's question answers. Upload a rough draft of the latter so you can help each other. You can find some samples from 2014 here.
Oct. 12 Mock interview (Associate Dean Daryle Williams will interview Rachel D.)
Oct. 19 Discussion of Dean's question answers. Upload your answer if you haven't already.
Oct. 26 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.
Nov. 2 More interviews. Also, start working on your Research Statement. Upload your draft by Nov. 9. You can see Omer's in the folder linked above. And here are some general suggestions: Cornell Grad School advice; Dr. Karen's Rules of the Research Statement <In our field, 3 pages is a pretty typical length.>
Nov. 9 Research statements
Nov. 16 More research statements
Abstracts. This meeting or next, we will discuss your abstracts, so upload soon.
Nov. 23 Thanksgiving break
Nov. 30 Journal submission process. Submitting an article; Reviewing a ms.
Teaching statements. See sample in folder. Six tips; Winning teaching statement; 4 Steps to a Memorable Teaching Philosophy
Upload yours, for discussion Dec. 7.
Dec. 7 Teaching statements
Administrative note: If for some reason you need more than one credit for the course, talk to me.
W 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Room MMH 1401G
Howard Lasnik, instructor
1106 Marie Mount Hall
<lasnik [AT] UMD [DOT] edu>
Monday afternoons & evenings
Wednesday all day (until about 5:00)
Other times: If the door's open,
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 Daryle Williams 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
pdf locker (Look especially in the folder "689A Professional Methods" where there are a bunch of student uploads from 2012.) (You will find 2014 stuff in the present web site.)