A networking group for academics pursuing a wide range of careers.


10 replies, 10 voices Last updated by  Paul STOCK 1 year, 10 months ago
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  • #16362

    Brian Tholl

    Post here with a few details about yourself, your goals, and what you would like to see from this group.

  • #16367

    Brian Tholl

    Hi all!

    My name is Brian and I’m a PhD candidate at Rutgers University and a Lecturer in Italian at Penn State University. I’m interested in the public humanities and I’m a huge believer in the way in which shared human experience and cross-cultural exchange can develop and improve community relations, especially in the fully digital age of the 21st century. I’m looking forward to using this group as a networking space and hearing about the career paths/goals of our members!

  • #16477

    Stacy Hartman

    Hi everyone! I’m Stacy Hartman, and I’m the Project Manager of Connected Academics at the MLA. I got my PhD from Stanford in German Studies in 2015 and moved to NYC to start with the MLA a week later. I’m currently working on an edited volume around the topic of transforming graduate education called Mission Driven: Reimagining Graduate Education for a Thriving Humanities Ecosystem with my colleague and grad school BFF Jenny Strakovsky at Georgia Tech.

  • #16720

    Nicole Marie Gervasio

    Hello everybody! My name is Nicole, and I just received my Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature with a certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Columbia University in May 2018. Right now, I’m a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University’s Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. I still spend a lot of time in New York City, though, so I’m interested in learning about public humanities initiatives, networking opportunities, and both traditional academic and alt-ac successes taking place across the East Coast.

  • #16722

    Beth Seltzer

    Hi all! I’m Beth Seltzer, and I do digital pedagogy and scholarship as an Educational Technology Specialist at Bryn Mawr College. I have a Ph.D. in Victorian literature. Happy to talk to people about Ed Tech type positions, and to hear about opportunities!

  • #16723

    Maria Seger

    Hi all! I’m Maria Seger, and I’m currently an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I finished my PhD at the University of Connecticut in 2016, and I was part of the inaugural cohort of the Connected Academics in 2015-16. I’m not committed to a lifetime on the tenure track, so I’m looking forward to learning more about positioning myself for new opportunities as they arise. I’m currently in charge of my department’s career diversity professionalization for graduate students, so I’d be happy to chat about programming for the next generation as well.

  • #16800

    Natalie Berkman

    Hi everyone! My name is Natalie and I just completed my PhD at Princeton in French literature (specifically hi to Brian — remember me from Urbino? Fun times!). At the end of my program, I had a few postdoc offers and had a campus visit scheduled for a tenure-track job in Alabama, but I really wanted to move to Paris to live with my husband, so took a job as an Academic Coordinator at the SAE Institute in Paris! I’ll write more about it on the victories page, but let’s just say I’m loving it!

    Looking forward to hearing all about everyone else’s career paths, learning from you all, and cheering you on from Paris!

  • #16843

    Sara Wilson

    Hi all!

    I’m Sara Wilson, and I’m a 2016-17 proseminar alum. I currently direct communications and outreach (including public programming) for Temple University Libraries. I got my PhD at Temple in 20th century British Literature. I’m always happy to talk about my job or hear what others are doing. Like Natalie, I’m about to write more about my job in the victories thread.

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  • #16930

    Candace Cunard

    Hi everyone! I’m Candace Cunard and I was in the latest Proseminar class (2017-18). I finished and defended my dissertation (on eighteenth-century British novels) at Columbia in May 2018, and have just survived my first month in a job as a part-time high school English teacher at a progressive private school in New York City (where I teach 2 sections of 10th grade American literature). In addition to this job, I’ll be adjuncting an upper-division seminar in my field back at Columbia this spring. I’m excited to connect with other Prosem alums about their career journeys and to continue to keep an open mind about my own; I’m pretty sure that I do see high school teaching as a long-term stable career option for myself, but I’m also not ready to “give up” entirely on the parts of academic life that aren’t part of my current job description. (e.g. I might want to publish a monograph someday! I really love going to academic conferences! I want to keep teaching in my field, which isn’t an option at my current high school!) I’m looking for ways to continue navigating my relationship to academia as someone who feels both inside and outside of it (I have been calling myself an “amphibious academic” in some places) and to hear from others who might be trying to build a similar sense of fluidity in their jobs/lives.

  • #17660

    Jose Gomez

    Hello everyone. My name is José Juan Gómez-Becerra. I am an assistant professor of Spanish at Eastern Kentucky University. I recently finished my Ph.D., summer 2018, at Arizona State University, and started my new position in month after, in August 2018. I was a Connected Academics Research Fellow for Arizona State University, and I had the privilege to participate in the 2018 Career Development Boot Camp. My involvement in the Connected Academic initiative and in the CDBC were central to my success in the job market. I am grateful for the MLA and for the colleagues invested in the well-being of Ph.D. students in the humanities. As faculty in the humanities, I am committed to a culture change of broader career perspectives and intentional mentorship. Connected Academics is tantamount to versatility and intentionality.

    I look forward to meeting you all at the MLA convention.

  • #22728

    Paul STOCK

    Hello everyone!  I’m Paul Stock and I am a professor in Economics at a private Christian University in Texas.  I earned a PhD in Economic Education from Ohio University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Oklahoma City University.  I am interested in networking with other college faculty in humanities.  Since I have been teaching college for 22 years, I can offer advice on tenure, performance evaluations, teaching, and research.


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