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Northeast Modern Language Association
Panel: "Yes, But What Is Your Discipline?: The Ph.D. in Creative Writing and the Creative Writer with a Literature Ph.D"
43nd Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15-18, 2012
Rochester, New York – Hyatt Rochester
Host Institution: St. John Fisher College
This roundtable discussion will focus on a key dilemma for creative writers and the departments who hire them: a Ph.D. in Creative Writing or a creative writer with a Literature Ph.D.? We will discuss the subject from the position of both the prospective faculty (Ph.D’s of both castes will be represented) and departments who often face a difficult choice one way or another. Speakers will include Ph.D candidates or recent hires who will discuss their decision and the results, and department representatives who have negotiated the same. In addition, we'll discuss the role of fiction writer/poet/essayist in the English Department. Especially encouraged are faculty who have dealt with this issue as department heads or members of hiring committees. Send an abstract (150 words) and a c.v. to email@example.com by September 30th, 2011