Graduate Roundtable on Transitioning to the Professoriate

AHA Session 2
Thursday, January 5, 2017: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Mile High Ballroom 2A (Colorado Convention Center, Ballroom Level)
Anton Rosenthal, University of Kansas
Adjunct/ETI/VAP/TT: The New” Traditional Path?
Liz Skilton, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
From Alt-Ac to Academia
Walter Stern, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Making the Leap from ABD to Tenure Track
Lena Suk, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Session Abstract

Finally, the ink on the offer letter is drying and the excitement of moving to a new position and designing and teaching your own courses seems like a reality. Yet, there are many steps between submitting the dissertation and moving onto a teaching or postdoctoral position. We realize apart from a few websites, there is not much information out there on planning and structuring the first year out of graduate school. This roundtable is about transitioning to the professoriate and about what to expect in the first year of the various academic positions History Phds accept: postdoctoral teaching or research position, visiting assistant professor, tenure-track offers and K-12. Each of these positions comes with its separate set of demands, challenges and excitement. Our panelists have each spent time in these various positions will share the varied experiences of what to expect in the first year and everything that they wished they knew in their first year.
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