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The Academic Job Market: An Ecological Introduction (Dr. Leonard Cassuto)

Shumaker Research Building, Room 139

When Nov 14, 2013
from 03:00 pm to 04:30 pm
Where Shumaker Research Building, Room 139
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Contact Phone 502-852-5882
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Description. The academic job market is a monolith that looms over the lives of most graduate students, but part of the reason it's so imposing is because it seems so inscrutable and impenetrable.  Higher education scholar and journalist Leonard Cassuto will explain the role of the market in academic culture of our time, and what it takes for graduate students to search for jobs with informed confidence. His talk combines some nuggets of advice about how to apply with a larger discussion of what the market means--and how it enforces some of the more pernicious assumptions that hamstring our profession (such as the one that professors' jobs are the only kind worth having).
The lecture will be immediately followed by a reception in the lobby with refreshments provided by the Graduate Student Council. 
Presenter. Leonard Cassuto writes a monthly column for the Chronicle of Higher Education called “The Graduate Adviser,” and is currently writing a book about the state of American graduate education.  When not studying the customs and contradictions of his own profession, Cassuto teaches and writes about American literature and culture.  He's the author or editor of seven books, the most recent of which are The Cambridge History of the American Novel (2011), of which he was General Editor; and The Cambridge Companion to Baseball (2011), recent winner of the Best Anthology Award from the North American Society of Sports Historians. Cassuto is the author of Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories (2009), which was nominated for the Edgar and Macavity Awards and named one of the year's Ten Best Books in the crime and mystery category by the Los Angeles Times. He is also an award-winning journalist who writes on subjects ranging from science to sports, in venues from the New York Times to His website is
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