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Women in German Conference
October 21-24, 2010; Augusta, MI

Workshops: The Changing Job Market

This session will be a series of concurrent workshops that address the
changing job market in academe.  Academic institutions are increasingly
moving towards employing faculty on a part-time or full-time non-tenure-track
basis.  Each year sees the creation of more dual- and multi-language positions. 
And tenure-track jobs become harder and harder to find (let alone secure). 
It is time for everyone from graduate students to department chairs, from senior professors to
adjuncts to be aware of these trends and respond accordingly.  This workshop
session at the Women in German 2010 Conference is designed to create a space
in which to discuss and take action on a variety of related issues.
Possible workshop session topics include:

- how to prepare graduate students for the job search (or help them find non-academic jobs)
- what to know if you're considering an adjunct or full-time non-tenure-track position
- how to advocate for German in times of institutional budget cuts
- how to transition to non-academic jobs (including: how to adapt your c.v.)
- what you can do as a department chair during a time of economic insecurity
- how to find outside funding to support your research
- how to combine motherhood with job insecurity
- how to enter retirement and stay active in the field

The panel organizers will assemble a number of workshops (ideally approx. 5)
that appeal to Wiggies at various points in their careers.  Each workshop
should be a "how-to" session and is expected to provide its participants
with concrete information and/or strategies for coping with this new job
market.  Workshop organizers should plan an interactive session, provide
plenty of time for questions and answers, and consider helping participants
create something concrete (e.g., a resume reworked for a non-academic
position).

Please submit proposals of approx. 300-500 words that makes the case for the
workshop, outlines what you intend to do during the session, and what the
participants will gain from it.

Please send your proposals to Allie Merley Hill ([log in to unmask]) and Ulrike Brisson ([log in to unmask]) by March 15, 2010.

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Dr. Alexandra M. Hill
Assistant Professor of German
Buckley 384, x7204
University of Portland

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