Students who are on their way to completing their dissertations and ready to go on the job market are encouraged to participate in the Department's Job Seekers Committee. Each year two faculty members chair this committee, whose aim is to direct students through the entire academic job search process: looking for job openings on the MLA website, polishing job application materials, applying to and interviewing for jobs at the MLA conference in the winter, attending campus visits and giving campus job talks, and negotiating job offers. Job Seekers Committee activities include regular meetings and mock job interviews.

The UChicagoGRAD office also offers assistance to students in setting up dossiers and has additional career counseling programs.

Current students can view sample job market materials on the password-protected Job Seekers page on UChicagoBox. Please contact department staff for the password.

See below for recent materials from the Job Seekers Committee, including meeting minutes and instructions from committee members. You can use these materials to learn about the Job Seekers Committee and to judge whether you are ready to go on to the academic job market.


Preparing Materials

Academic Job Postings

Fellowships and Postdocs

Preparing for Interviews

Campus Visits, Job Talks and Negotiations

Useful Publications

Academic Career Resources Websites (Some with Job Lists)

Academic Professional Organizations

International Job Searches