Hume: Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt (2005)

Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities Ph.D.s Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities Ph.D.s by Kathryn Hume

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Hume’s book is a must read for any graduate student in the humanities who desires to become an academic. Hume offers a clear plan for how to begin and perform the job hunt, how to manage interviews at national conferences, and what to do at campus interviews and when negotiating for a job offer. Her project largely demystifies a process that doesn’t seem to get talked about a lot, and she offers helpful advice and examples of former students who have successfully landed jobs at teaching schools and research schools. Additionally, her last few chapters are helpful in envisioning what being an assistant professor will be like, and those chapters are probably very useful reads for beginning professors.

Hume also offers example documents from others’ job hunts in her Appendices, which provides helpful models for humanities PhD scholars looking for a job.

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