[UPDATE] Cracking the Ivory Tower

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The editors seek abstracts for essays sharing advice, unique stories or sage wisdom for graduate students at all levels. Our goal is to increase transparency and a community of support for graduate students. We welcome abstracts which focus on personal experiences from graduate students at every stage in their academic career (i.e. first year, post Comprehensive exams, ABD, etc.). We also accept abstracts from professors. All humanities fields are welcome to submit.
Abstracts should be no more than 200 -300 words. Please also send a CV and a 100 word biography by May 11. Selected essays must be submitted by August 1. Essays should be written in a style appropriate for both academic and popular audiences. Essay length is no more than 7000 words. Please send all submissions to Kayla Paulk: klp68@pitt.edu.
Topics should include but are not limited to:
Year 1:
-Your path to finding potential mentors
-Your path to finding an academic focus
-The Art of Academic Writing: How I learned to write well

Year 2: Comprehensive Exams/ Qualifying Exams
-Comps studying experiences

Year 3: Dissertation Prospectus
-Choosing the dissertation topic
-Dissertation prospectus defense
-The Academic pipeline

Year 4: ABD and Networking
-The Art of the Conference Presentation
-"Diversification": How to stand out on the job market

Year 5: Infiltrating the job market
-The Art of the Cover letter
-How to create a teaching portfolio
-The MLA interview process: the good, the bad and the ugly