Professional Development


**NOTE: This course is open only to 4th year Ph.D., and 4th or 5th year Ph.D. U. English students-- for whom it's MANDATORY.**


Thursday, 3 pm - 6 pm (alternate weeks)


D. Wright

Course Description

This course is intended to prepare University of Toronto Ph.D. students in English for the job search and more generally to provide them with an introduction to the professional skills that will be part of their lives after they finish the Ph.D. The course will meet the equivalent of 13 2-hour sessions, on selected Thursday afternoons through the academic year. Individual sessions will include the following topics: The Shape of the Profession; An Overview of the Academic Job Search and its Documents; Setting Up a Dossier; Preparing Letters of Application and C.V.s; The Teaching Dossier; Interviewing; Campus Visits and Job Talks; The Publication of Academic Research; An Assessment 0f the Year's Job Searches at U. of T. and Postdoctoral Fellowships. There will also be a session on Non-Academic Jobs (Publishing and Other Alternatives).

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

Most classes will feature the instructor and various guest faculty members discussing the announced topics. Guests from the Toronto publishing community and previous Ph.D. students will join the sessions on non-academic employment. Students wishing to receive a notation on their transcripts should register for the course.

Term: F and S-TERMS (September 2022 to April 2023)
Date/Time: Thursday / 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (alternate weeks)
Location: Room JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)
Delivery: In-Person