((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)                
Professional Methods
Fall 2016


Uploading:   [[For safety reasons, only pdfs can be uploaded.]]
  CV Upload 
  Application Letter Upload
  Dean's question answer Upload
  Research Statement Upload
  Abstract Upload
  Teaching Statement Upload
 
Uploaded stuffCVs       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.)
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 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 useful link.
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
https://terpware.umd.edu/
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.

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; more general web presence considerations
-Writing a job application letter
-Requesting letters of recommendation
-Giving a job talk
-Interviewing
   with the search committee
   with the dean  [Associate Dean Daryle Williams will conduct an interview with a volunteer]
-Writing letters of recommendation
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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

useful links
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.)