Annotated Bib, Area 3, Conference Proposal, Final Portfolio

Professional Documents (1:2) + Conference Proposal Workshop


Did you all get registered for the upcoming mock interview?

(I got a list last week, and it didn’t have all of you on it. If you want, I’ll pull it up and check your status at the time of receipt?)

C.V. workshop

Your final portfolio will need to include some professional documents, including a c.v. and a statement of research/professional interests. I want, then, to spend some time workshopping these with you.

C.V.s can take on different organizational schemes, depending on the type of school working at/applied to. Some academics also put a lot of effort into visually branding themselves through this document. For others, it’s kind of plain Jane document.

Often this is not even wholly up to the academic. For example, I have two version of mine: one using TWU’s format, which doesn’t even allow for bold subheadings, and one I’ve tweaked. I used to even have heavily designed mastheads on these documents, but the internal TWU format doesn’t allow for that now. Despite that, I have seen the more carefully designed c.v.s (NOT the ones that look like ours) receive a warmer reception when we are determining which applicants we might want to know more about. (It doesn’t GET you the job, but it CAN help you stand out. Note that you can stand out in the wrong ways, too, though, and be very thoughtful about your choices in design. In my “tweaked TWU format cv” I’ve only broken “the rules” in ways that I think help the reader, and I pick and choose when to use which version very carefully.

C.V. Readings

“Writing and Rewriting the c.v.” + “Learning from Other’s CVs” + “Sharing Success in New Ways” + “To Get Job Outside Academe, Focus Résumé on Real-World Experience”

C.V. Samples

TWU’s terrible template

C.V. Resources

  • “Am I My Vita?” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
  • “The CV Doctor” (Series,  The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
  • “From CV to 1-­‐Page  Résumé” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed. On modifying  your c.v. for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           non-­‐academic positions.)
  • “How to Make Your Application Stand Out” (The Chronicle of Higher Ed)
  • “How to Write CVs” (The Professor is In)

Sample Résumés

Résumé Resources

Setting up Professional Portfolio space

At some point, you will want a professional portfolio (if only to hang on to materials you may use later in your writing, or to choose from when it comes time to submit your exit portfolio, required for programmatic assessment. That exit portfolio includes writing samples–usually, but not always, a chapter from your thesis. When you chose something else for the writing sample, you are expected to include the assignment sheet. Archiving it all can therefore be pretty handy. We’ll set up an archive in Google docs today (if you haven’t already) so you’ll have someplace to keep these, long term.

Portfolios created for professional purposes (like the job market) tend to be housed online (I have used both custom built sites on my own or university domains, and WordPress, for this). I want to take the opportunity to LOOK at some online portfolios, and brainstorm how you might want to represent yourself moving forward.


Conference Proposal Assignment (due 11/14, with annotated bib)

  • Write a proposal to an academic or professional conference, chosen by you for its suitability for the work proposed. The length of the proposal will be determined by the CFP (call for papers). Attach a copy of the CFP to your proposal when you hand it in.
    • You do not have to actually submit to this conference. You will, however, actually write this conference paper and create whatever supporting documents are necessary for presenting this work during our final exam period. This work will also form the centerpiece of your final portfolio, so be sure to document your research and writing processes as you go; you may want that process material available for your portfolio as well.

What conferences have you chosen? Are you really submitting? When is the CFP due? Did you bring drafts to share (or would you benefit from some time brainstorming or writing)?

Discussion of reading (Booth) and next steps

For next time

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