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Readers' Reports on Book MSS: Writing and Utilizing Advice

This advice derives from a 2014 Career Session with (Chair) Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern University), LeAnn Fields (University of Michigan Press), Paige McGinley (Washington University), Heather Nathans (Tufts University), and Marc Robinson (Yale University). Special thanks to Leah Englund Brick for framing these notes.

Advice to presses is one form of (blind) academic peer review. This panel was convened to explain how reports are utilized by presses and authors, advise scholars on how to frame reports constructively, and guide authors’ responses to reports....[Read more]


Mentoring and Being Mentored After Tenure

This advice derives from a 2017 Field Conversation co-sponsored by ASTR’s Mentoring Committee, with moderator Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern University), Patrick Anderson (University of California-San Diego), Suk-Young Kim (University of California-Los Angeles), and Henry Bial (University of Kansas).

Mentor/Mentee: colleagues who commit to a mentoring relationship geared toward enhancing the career advancement of one colleague and the professional satisfaction of both; usually, the mentor is not in the mentee’s direct line of supervision. The relationship focuses on....[Read more]


Mentoring PhD Students for Diverse Careers

This advice derives from Tracy C. Davis (Northwestern University)

In an effort to understand the most useful advising practices for graduate students who either have already navigated or intend to navigate the alt-ac or non-ac job market, I interviewed alumnae of the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern (IPTD) who have successfully found positions outside the professoriate. Interviews focused on three questions:

  1. Can you describe any help that you got from professors/advisors/other that you found particularly useful or enlightening as you approached the alt-ac job market?
  2. Can you share anecdotal experience about your own time on the alt-ac job market? How (if at all) does it differ from the academic job market?
  3. What advice you would offer to those on the job market pursuing an alt-ac career?

Alumnae emphasized these themes....[Read more]

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