Career

UCLA RESOURCES


THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY

  • National Women's Studies Association (NWSA): National organization committed to feminist research and teaching. Their website provides information about the annual NWSA conference, graduate student resources, job announcements, calls for papers, and publications.
  • The Chronicle for Higher Education: The Chronicle for Higher Education is the most widely read news service for university faculty and administrators. The Chronicle is published both in print and online and is an invaluable resource for job listings, university news, and advice for academics.


WMST-L Listserv: WMST-L is an international email forum for the Women's Studies community. Often includes job announcements and calls for papers.

  • American Association of University Professors: The AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good. Their website contains useful information for professors and future professors and membership is open to graduate students at reduced rates.
  • Specialized Professional Organizations: There are hundreds of professional organizations geared towards specific areas of interest, research, and teaching. Most field-based professional organizations have sub-committees , research entities, and/or divisions dedicated to issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. For example, the Modern Language Association has divisions dedicated to women's studies, ethnic studies, and gay studies in language and literature; the American Political Science Association has a Women and Politics research section; and the American Sociological Association has a section on Race, Gender, and Class. It is worth investigating opportunities for funding, professional development, and community through these organizations. Most national field-based organizations host annual conferences and publish scholarly journals.


PRESENTING YOUR RESEARCH

  • Often the best place to start if you would like to present your research is right here at UCLA. The annual Thinking Gender Conference brings together graduate students working on issues of gender and sexuality from all over the country and is sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW). CSW also hosts other conferences throughout the academic year. You should also check out the Los Angeles Queer Studies Conference organized by the UCLA LGBTS Program.
  • You might also consider presenting your research at conferences specifically geared towards the Women's Studies community. Recently, a Collaborative Graduate Conference in Women's Studies was established to bring together Women's Studies graduate students to share their work. The conference is hosted by a different participating university each year. The National Women's Studies Association also hosts an annual conference.
  • Keep your eye open for conference announcements and calls for papers through the WMST-L email forum.

PUBLISHING

  • The NWSA hosts a Calls for Papers for Journals and Publications listing on their website.
  • The WMST-L occasionally includes publishing opportunities.


THE JOB MARKET

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education's job database is simply unmatched. The database allows you to tailor search results by field, region, state, and keywords. You can even limit search results to jobs in community colleges. Given the interdisciplinary nature of Women's Studies, you may find yourself qualified for positions in a diverse range of fields. The Chronicle's database allows you to tap into job listings according to areas of specialization, not simply disciplinary field. The Career section of the Chronicle's website also contains an array of articles geared towards successfully navigating the job market.
  • If you are interested in positions related to languages and/or literature, the Modern Language Association's job listings are quite extensive. Oftentimes, initial job interviews in these fields are held at the annual MLA Conference.
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Online (H-Net) maintains the H-Net Job Guide. Listings include positions in History and the Humanities, the Social Sciences, and Rhetoric and Composition. The database is searchable by field, region, institution, and date of posting.
  • Most field-based national organizations post job announcements on their website and/or in their publications. If you specialize in a particular discipline (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology, History), it is worth looking through these job listings. Keep in mind that you may have to be a member of the organization to access the listings.
  • The University of Chicago's Career Advising and Planning Services' handout on CVs and Letters of Application is quite informative. There is also an excellent handout on interviewing for academic teaching positions. You might also want to check out the video on entering the academic job market (third video from the top). The video contains interviews with Univ of Chicago academics from several different fields and their advice on navigating the academic job market.
  • Mary Corbin Sies, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland - College Park has compiled useful a list of questions she has been asked over the years during academic job interviews.


NON-ACADEMIC RESOURCES

  • The "Where to Find Information on Nonacademic Careers" page on the Chronicle of Higher Education website offers a range of links dedicated to finding jobs outside of academia as well as a list of relevant publications.
  • The UCLA Career Center has an entire page dedicated to PhD students seeking employment outside of academia.
  • Idealist.org provides a database of job opportunities in the non-profit sector.


RECOMMENDED READING

  • Advice for New Faculty Members by Robert Boice
  • Getting Mentored in Graduate School by W. Brad Johnson and Jennifer M. Huwe
  • Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia by Emily Toth
  • The Academic Job Search Handbook by Mary Heiberger, and Morris and Julia Miller Vick