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Professional Pathways Series

Professional Pathways Events for ARHU Graduate Students


Spring 2017:

Professional Pathways in Arts and Humanities Alumni Panel

February 20, 2017, 4:30pm-6pm

McKeldin Special Events Room, 6137 McKeldin Library

Interested in careers beyond the tenure track?  Want to know where your Ph.D. or MFA could take you?  Come meet recent alumni from ARHU Ph.D. and MFA programs, now working in career paths beyond the traditional academic tenure track.  ARHU graduate students will meet and participate in small group discussions with alumni working in: Government Agencies and Think Tanks, Museums and Archives, and Community College and Private School Teaching. 

Panelists include:

  • Virginia Treanor, Art History '12, National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • Greg Adams, School of Music '12, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • Matt Klos, Studio Art '04, Ann Arundel Community College
  • Laura Schnitker, School of Music '11, University of Maryland Libraries
  • Krista Park, American Studies '12, U.S. Census Bureau
  • David Ellis, Second Language Acquisition '11, National Foreign Language Center
  • Kristen Hodge-Clark, American Studies '09, Association for Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Kaylen Tucker, English '08, National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Sarah Evans, Communication '11, Fors Marsh Group
  • Hayes Davis, Creative Writing '99, Sidwell Friends School 
  • Mary Cobb Wittrock, French '10, University of Richmond



Teaching Portfolio Workshop

March 15, 2017, 12-1pm

ARHU Dean's Conference Room, 1102J Francis Scott Key Hall

In this workshop, Professor Alene Moyer, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, will walk you through the steps you need to take to develop a strong teaching portfolio for an eventual academic career, at any kind of institution:

  • What kind of academic institution do you see yourself in once your degree is completed?
  • How would this kind of institution affect the emphasis placed on a teaching portfolio and its desired contents?
  • What comprises a strong teaching portfolio?

Join us for this 1-hour workshop to get a jumpstart on developing a teaching portfolio for your eventual job search!  RSVP to Betsy Yuen at



Fall 2016:

Exploring Digital Tools in the Michelle Smith Collaboratory: An Open House for ARHU Graduate Students

September 20, 2016, 12pm-1pm
Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, 4213 Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology Building
Have you heard about the "digital turn" or digital humanities and would like to know a bit more? Come to the Collaboratory Open House and explore the projects and possibilities with digital tools applied to the visual humanities. All are welcome!

Combining sophisticated technology, adaptable workspaces, and a dynamic visualization facility, the Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture in the Department of Art History and Archaeology provides a focal point for applying new technology to study art and architecture in ways not previously possible, and for experimenting with new means of sharing ideas and research with students and colleagues. The center of the Collaboratory, both conceptually and physically, is a large room containing a floor-to-ceiling curved projection surface and a comprehensive technology installation to support ambitious projects, such as effective virtual reality and multi-modal displays. The space functions as a classroom, providing visualization possibilities not available elsewhere on campus, and as a lab, in which scholars from myriad disciplines explore new possibilities for visualization and communication. The facility is designed to encourage collaboration among students and scholars from all disciplines as they use new visualization techniques and information resources to develop understanding and expand knowledge. 

Mock Interview Session

November 15, 2016, 4:30pm-6pm

Room TBD

ARHU will offer a Mock Interview Session for those interested in the academic job market.  Come and see what a real academic interview looks like!

We will structure two 20-minute interviews with mock applicants, allowing time for discussion after each interview.  Two professors in ARHU will serve as the interviewers.  

All ARHU graduate students are welcome to observe and participate in the discussion! If you would like to be considered for one of the actual mock interviews, you must provide the following: 

  • confirmation that you are currently applying for a position in the academy
  • an actual job announcement for which you would like to be "interviewed"
  • a current Curriculum Vitae

We will only have room for two mock applicants, so we will take your request on a first come, first served basis.  Please submit the materials listed above to Betsy Yuen in the ARHU Dean's Office via email at  


Winter 2017:

ARHU789A - This 1-credit practicum is a hands-on seminar in how to build a course from the ground up. Graduate students will design an original 300-level or higher course based on their own area of expertise. We will work through course conceptualization, objectives and learning outcomes planning, materials gathering, syllabus writing, assessment policy and procedures, and lesson planning. A supportive, collaborative environment is key to a successful process and product, so we will actively use peer feedback throughout the course.



2015-16 events:

  • How to Read a Job Ad -- Sept 30: 3-4 pm, presented by Associate Dean and Professor Alene Moyer and Kate Juhl, Career Specialist and Program Director for ARHU
  • ARHU Graduate Student Grant Workshop -- Oct 13, 3-4:30 pm, presented by Cara Kennedy, Grants Development Coordinator
  • How to Write an Effective Proposal for National Fellowships -- Feb 17, 3pm-4pm with Kate Juhl, Career Specialist and Program Director for ARHU. 
  • Alternative Teaching Careers for ARHU Graduate Students --  Apr 26, Noon-1:00pm, 1102J Francis Scott Key Hall, Dean's Conf Room with Kate Juhl, Career Specialist and Program Director for ARHU.

2014-15 events:

  • How to Apply for an Academic Job -- Sept 29: 3-4 pm, presented by Associate Dean and Professor Alene Moyer.
  • Professional Pathways After Grad School: Panel Discussion with ARHU Alumni -- Nov 5, 4:30-6 pm
  • How to Read a Job Ad -- Dec. 03, 11:00am-12:00pm with Kate Juhl, Career Specialist and Program Director for ARHU. 
  • Alternative Teaching Careers for ARHU Graduate Students --  Feb. 26, Noon-1:00pm, 1102 Francis Scott Key Hall, Dean's Conf Room with Kate Juhl, Career Specialist and Program Director for ARHU.
  • ARHU Graduate Student Grant Workshop -- April 28, 3-4:30pm, 2120 Francis Scott Key Hall, Merrill Room led by Cara Kennedy, Grants Development Coordinator

2013-14 events:

  • Alternative Teaching Careers for ARHU Graduate Students- October 25, 12-1pm, presented by Kate Juhl, Program Director for the University Career Center & The President's Promise
  • Preparing for Academic and Non-Academic Careers: The Job Search Process- Sept. 30, 4 - 5:30pm, Julie Miller Vick, Senior Career Advisor at the University of Pennsylvania, columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Ed, and co-author of the Academic Job Search Handbook.  Click here to view slides from the presentation. 

2012-13 events:

  • Leonard Cassuto Lecture: "The Academic Job Market: An Ecological Introduction"  Monday, November 12, 2012 • 04:00PM - 05:30PM
  • ARHU Academic Job Market Mock Interview SessionFriday, December 7, 2012 • 3:30PM - 5:00PM
  • Professional Pathways After Graduate School, Outside Academia: Panel discussion with ARHU Alums Monday, April 15, 2013 • 4:30PM - 6:00PM

Tips for Job Seekers:                                                                                                     

Tips for obtaining Government jobs

Tips for obtaining a position in Academic Administration

Tips for obtaining Non-academic jobs

Tips for obtaining a position in Agencies & Nonprofits, Community Colleges, and Arts and Academic Administration 2013