Michael Graziano is an instructor of Religious Studies at the University of Northern Iowa.
If the phrase “academic job market” makes you feel like the picture above you’re not alone. There’s no shortage of posts, essays, tweets, and columns dispensing advice on the job market: what to study, how to shape a CV, and what to say in a cover letter. The rules—both written and unwritten—can seem inscrutable. That’s in part why, for the second year in a row, NAASR will be hosting a no-cost workshop addressing the employment concerns of early career scholars as part of its 2016 Annual Meeting alongside the AAR/SBL in San Antonio.
The title for the workshop, “…But What Do You Study?,” reflects the challenge faced by many junior scholars with an interest in theory and method when it comes time to talk about themselves, their work, and their scholarly interests with potential employers. Participants will have the opportunity to work with faculty from a variety of institutions. Through informal discussions and small group activities, participants will workshop practical and strategic job market advice with veterans of the hiring process.
Not a member of NAASR? No problem! This workshop is open to all, though preference will be given to scholars currently on the job market (including ABD). If you haven’t been to a NAASR panel before, fear not: we’d be happy to have you, too.
We hope you’ll join us in San Antonio!