Here’s my attempt to order all of the professionalization material into a linear narrative, moving from being a prospective graduate student, through graduate studies and writing a dissertation, to being a junior faculty member.


Starting Graduate Study

Finding the Right Program for You

Asking for Letters of Recommendation


During Graduate Study

Figuring Our a Dissertation Committee

Taking Qualifying Exams

Writing a Dissertation — the 5-page dissertation method & the big picture


Getting Started on Professionalization

The Professionalization Timeline

Attending Academic Conferences

Working on a CV

Finding a Job

Preparing a Job Letter & What People are Reading Job Letters for

Developing a Second Project

Designing Syllabuses

Preparing a Teaching Statement

Preparing a Job Talk

Getting Published


Next Steps towards or on the Tenure Track

How to Write an Article in 6 Steps 1 (Analyze), 2 (Conclusion), 3 (Lit Review), 4 (Cases), 5 (Introduction & Argument), 6 (Fine Tuning)

From Dissertation to Book, part 1 & 2

Thinking about the Career — as an assistant professor

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