The CUNY Graduate Center offers placement services to students completing their PhDs. A drive of files with information and advice about the job market, assembling a dossier, interviewing, campus visits, and sample documents will be made available to all job candidates. Contact the Placement Officer to access the files. The Placement Officer will schedule several meetings during the fall to discuss dossier materials. They will also schedule practice job interviews and job talks for students on the job market.
- Get lots of experience giving talks and talking about your work on your feet.
- Get feedback on your written work from your supervisor, other committee members, your fellow students, and philosophers at other schools.
- Keep a document of research ideas you’d like to pursue at some point (this will help you write your statement of future research).
- Keep a document of thoughts you have about teaching--things that did and didn’t work, experiences you have, etc. This will help you write your teaching statement.
- Have someone (preferably the person who will write your teaching letter) observe your teaching several times. Have them visit your sections and come to your guest lectures.
- Think about how your work is going to fit together. It's important that, on paper, one's writing sample look like a part of a larger project.
October of the year before your market year
- Apply to dissertation fellowships the year before you intend to go on the market. Many applications are due in October.
- Apply to the ACLS/Mellon. That’s the most strenuous application and by applying to it you’ll have most of your materials together for other dissertation completion applications (e.g., Dekarman, Ford, Newcombe, Liebmann, the CUNY dissertation fellowship etc).
- Spend 2 days the summer before this searching for fellowships through the library fellowship database. Do not assume your professors know all of the relevant fellowships. They do not. No one does. The library has a fellowship database and librarians are always running workshops for this and are generally quite helpful. Go talk to them.
- You’ll need a chapter of your dissertation, 2 or 3 letters of recommendation, anywhere between a 1 and 10 page dissertation abstract (generally, you’ll need different sizes for different applications) and a timeline breaking down, chapter by chapter, what you’ll be writing when if you win the fellowship.
May of your market year (all other months are of market year)
- Meet with your supervisor and other committee members to discuss what your plans should be regarding writing sample, job talk, letters, CV and abstract, etc.
- Think about whether there are any people outside of CUNY that might write a letter for you.
- Polish your writing sample.
- Write your CV, dissertation abstract (all 3 versions), and research statement.
- Create a website. Check on your online presence. Remove inappropriate posts, photos, etc.
- Ask letter writers for letters of recommendation. You need 1 teaching letter and at least 3 research letters. Send letter-writers materials early!
- Society of Fellows are due starting in August. If applying you’ll need, at least a writing sample, CV, 3 letters of reference, sample syllabi, and a research statement. Plan! Get docs drafted early!
- Finish a draft of your dissertation.
- Join the APA (APA membership includes reduced fees for Interfolio, the GC also offers 50 free Interfolio deliveries.
- Set up an Interfolio account (letter-writers will upload letters here, all other materials can also be uploaded here to streamline sending apps)
- Your writing sample should be in very good shape now. Keep editing, polishing and getting feedback on it. Get feedback on it from your supervisor, committee members, friends, etc. You want lots of eyes on this document.
- Have a job talk drafted and in good shape. You will not have a lot of time or energy in the fall.
- The Harvard Society of Fellows application is due in early August.
- Other SoF applications (Princeton, Columbia, Michigan) due in early September.
- Start a spreadsheet of jobs to apply for. Include what documents will need to be sent, what method they need to be delivered in, due dates, etc. Get super organized! This will help make things slightly less stressful.
- Complete your teaching portfolio.
- Start writing cover letters.
- Get an unofficial transcript from the GC and from your undergraduate and M.A. programs (if applicable)
- Send applications. Many applications are due in mid-late October.
- Write more cover letters.
- Schedule your mock interview.
- Send more applications.
- Schedule mock job talk by November 1. Flyouts start in January and everyone is busy in December.
- APA (not many interviews here, but there are still a few)
- Interview notifications
February-May (or later)
- Interview notifications
- Keep applying for jobs. Postdocs, VAPS, fellowships, and 1-2 year positions are often advertised in the spring. Sometimes TT jobs are as well. Be persistent!