GraduateRoundtable First Steps: Getting Started as a History Professional

AHA Session 196
Coordinating Council for Women in History 4
Saturday, January 5, 2013: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Roosevelt Ballroom III (Roosevelt New Orleans)
Nupur Chaudhuri, Texas Southern University
The Conference Proposal and Presentation: Tips for Success
Amy Essington, California State University, Long Beach
Publishing Your First Article: You're Going Out There a Youngster, but You're Coming Back a Star
Susan Wladaver-Morgan, Pacific Historical Review and Portland State University
Walking the Tightrope: Reflections on the First Tenure-Track Job
Stephen J. C. Andes, Louisiana State University
Write the Grant, Get the Grant
Stephanie C. Moore, Salisbury University

Session Abstract

This roundtable session outlines five basic skills that doctoral candidates and new Ph.D.s  will not necessarily have learned in graduate school but will benefit from mastering in order to manage the transition to becoming a history professional: Putting together a proposal for a conference paper (or session) and actually presenting one’s work at a conference; submitting and publishing a first article in a refereed scholarly journal; teaching in a first tenure track job; getting established as a public historian; and writing a successful grant application. The goal is to demystify each of  these processes to help new historians become and recognize themselves as full-fledged members of the profession. Each presentation will be short (around 10 minutes), leaving ample time for questions and discussion with the audience. The main audience will be current doctoral candidates and recent Ph.D.s, so it could have a broad appeal.

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