Been There, Survived That: Strategies for Navigating the Profession

deadline for submissions: 
October 11, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Justine Dymond


  • Deadline extension for proposals now due October 11, 2020
  • All-virtual platform for conference
  • Reduced registration fee for all-virtual platform

Northeast Modern Language Association 52nd Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 11-14, 2021

Roundtable sponsored by NeMLA's Women's and Gender Studies Caucus

Thinking of applying to a PhD program? Preparing for graduate exams? Facing the first draft of your dissertation? Applying for your first academic position? Jumping the hurdles of the tenure system? This session will address how best to navigate the various paths of the profession and culture of graduate studies, the job search, and tenure track. We invite abstracts that share experiences from various stages of the academic life, with specific attention to issues pertinent to women and LGBTQ communities. What is valuable advice that you received while on the market? What worked, and what do you wish you had known? How might social justice values influence the system once we’re in a position to make change? Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, seek advice, and mentor each other, with emphasis on the experience of graduate students and faculty from underrepresented groups. By exploring the many approaches to mentorship and building positive relationships for future impact in the academy, this roundtable aims to contribute to the overarching theme of NeMLA’s 2021 convention, “Tradition and Innovation: Changing Worlds Through the Humanities.”

Please submit abstracts by 10/11/20 here:

Areas and themes to be addressed could include, but are not limited to, the following:

Graduate school application Materials

Supervisor relationships


Job application materials


Public and private schools

Research and teaching

Alt-ac career paths


Finances and negotiation


International teaching experiences


Positive mentorship impact