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Hi, I'm in my second semester as a Ph.D. student in Comparative Literature. I know some people might think that it's too early for me to start worrying about what to do to get hired, others might be thinking that it's never too early, others might be saying "you're a comparative lit. major, there are no jobs" lol, but please just stick with me a moment. I'm looking for advice on how I can become a more competitive applicant when applying for assistant professor jobs (and similar jobs) after I finish my Ph.D. I'm technically first-generation college student (my parents dropped out of college, and my much older sister went to college later through a continuing studies program and received a masters online. However, she doesn't work in academia) so I'm pretty lost here about how all of this works and what's attractive to universities. I'm trying to figure out what I can do to stand out. I've been told that I should go to conferences, so I applied to two and got accepted. Are conferences helpful or do you feel like it doesn't make much of a difference? Should I try publishing more? Researching (you know, outside of my future dissertation work)? If so, how do I start approaching professors or institutions, in general, to start doing that? After graduation, should I apply to a post-doc program? If so, do you know of any stand out ones that I should aim for or even what people look for when hiring post-docs or do you just feel like post-docs are unnecessary? My fellowship requires me to teach one semester gratis. Should I attempt at teaching more? Older students in my department have suggested getting a masters in another department (i.e. English, French, Anthropology, Theatre, etc.) to further diversify myself and make more valuable connections, but I'm not sure if tagging on another year or two to finish another degree for the sake of networking is that beneficial especially when comparative literature programs require you to take courses outside of your department anyway. Should I start building more experiences outside of academia (In undergrad, I was an EIC of a publication for a year, I've also worked in publishing, tutoring, mentoring, and led a social justice/community service non-profit organization for a year, and I minored and worked in social media for a bit-- should I keep doing more things like that in grad school or is it time to refocus and just build on one or two things?) If I sound really young, lost, and a little overwhelmed, it's because I am. I graduated from a private university with a degree in English (writing) in three years and was accepted straight-way into this Ph.D. program when I was 20 going on 21 years old. My program requires 48-course credits, after this semester (I entered in Fall 2017 right now I'm in Spring 2018 semester) I would have 24 credits so I'm approaching that halfway mark with my coursework (I probably need to slow down a bit, but I can't hold a job on this fellowship minus departmental related research/internships relevant to my career so I don't have anything really going on at the moment). I'm required to take a minimum 9 credits Fall/Spring each and a minimum 6 credits in the summer so I'll be at 30 credits when the Fall 2018 semester commences. I'm not at a prestigious ivy league school; I'm in a very small program at a pretty large public university. I don't feel like me being young with a good fellowship is enough to really stand out. So if anyone knows about ways I can further build my CV and experiences to become a better applicant for future jobs, that info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
All: Old Dominion University is undergoing a burst of expansion. Two positions are currently open in the Sociology and Criminology department, and three positions are open in the Cybersecurity department (affiliated with the Sociology and Criminology department). Given the geographic area, student body, and the area of interest within the Sociology and Criminology department, minority candidates are encouraged to apply. I've posted both positions below. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice seeks applicants for two Assistant Professor positions to begin August 2017. These positions are designed to support the Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as the M.A. in Sociology and Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and in Sociology. All areas of research expertise will be considered, with special consideration given to those who study some aspect of the criminal justice system such as law, policing, courts, and corrections; and/or inequality and public policy. A Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, sociology or directly related fields, and a demonstrated ability to conduct research, publish, and teach in criminology/criminal justice are required. Candidates that are ABD will be considered with the expectation that the degree must be completed by August 2017. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has an accomplished, collaborative and diverse faculty and student body. Opportunities exist to participate in the University's Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Department of Women's Studies, and the Institute for Community Justice. Successful candidates should have demonstrated evidence of working collaboratively with diverse populations. Old Dominion University is a residential and research-extensive public institution with a student enrollment of 25,000 including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and a full time equivalent diverse and multicultural faculty of over 800. The university's primary campus is located in Norfolk, VA, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a major recreational area with a population of 1.7 million. Programs are also offered at three Higher Educational Centers in the region and at Distant Learning sites across the state and across the nation. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research Interests, Statement of Teaching Philosophy and contact information for three professional references to https://jobs.odu.edu/. Review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Randy Myers ( RRMYERS@odu.edu). More information about the department is available at http://al.odu.edu/sociology. Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. ---------------- Old Dominion University is seeking two tenure-track Assistant Professors and one Assistant/Associate Professor to participate in an innovative and interdisciplinary Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research. We seek three faculty in any discipline related to cyber security to be a part of this initiative. The Assistant/Associate Professor position will be jointly appointed in an academic department and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. The goal of the university's cybersecurity initiative is to foster interdisciplinary research, education and outreach on cybersecurity. The interdisciplinary initiative currently includes faculty from a range of disciplines including Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Business, Information Technology, and Philosophy. Details about the initiative are available at https://www.odu.edu/ccser. We are especially interested in faculty able to conduct research and teach in an interdisciplinary environment. All three positions will be expected to be fully involved in this initiative. Applicants should possess an appropriate terminal degree and an academic record commensurate with their time in the field. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong vision for their vibrant research programs, commitments to leadership in the area of Cybersecurity, and commitments to excellence and innovation in graduate and undergraduate education. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to our degree and certificate programs. To be appointed at the associate level, candidates must have a record of funded research and a strong research record. Applications should include a letter of interest that addresses the Initiative's goals, a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and contact information for three professional references including email addresses and phone numbers. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016 and the positions will remain open until an appointment is made. Applications should be submitted electronically to https://jobs.odu.edu Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.