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After the PhD

Updated September 2020

Applying Your Degree

The Career Services Center offers job-search programs to help graduate students pursue teaching positions or alternatives to academic jobs.  Examples of specific services include counseling on presenting oneself to an academic search committee, writing an effective curriculum vitae, getting scholarly work published, practicing interviewing skills, and applying skills and degree to a non-academic setting.  Professionals with advanced degrees who are working in various occupations are available for consultation through the Center.  Further information may be obtained from Career Services Center at 534-3750 or on-line at http://career.ucsd.edu/.   

The student’s individual Doctoral Committee is the primary source of career counseling to students interested in pursuing careers in academia.  In addition, the Department sponsors several annual colloquia about academic job searches.  In the Spring Quarter, it presents a colloquium on preparing documents necessary to the job search in Languages and Literatures (the letter of application, the curriculum vitae, the dossier, the statement of teaching philosophy, and sample syllabi).  In the late Fall, it offers a second colloquium addressing how a candidate might prepare for Modern Language Association (MLA) interviews.  Following MLA interviews, if a candidate obtains on-campus interviews, the Doctoral Committee Chair may arrange a practice job talk. 

The MLA posts job lists on their website annually, beginning in late September.  This is the primary source for information about academic employment, and students may register as non-members to view the lists or join at the graduate student annual rate of $22.

Joining the Modern Language Association

MLA is the primary professional association for academics in the fields of languages and literatures.  The MLA publishes a journal, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, and serves as the clearinghouse for job announcements and professional issues for the colleges and university systems.  The Association publishes an annual list of conferences and grants, circulates calls for papers, and maintains an ongoing list of available academic jobs.

Individual students may wish to become members of the MLA, thus receiving information specific to their own research and teaching specialties.  The MLA offers special student membership rates.  More information about the MLA is available at http://www.mla.org/.

PhD Program Advising
(858) 534-3217

Director of Doctoral Studies
Daisuke Miyao

Doctoral Affairs Committee

Daisuke Miyao (Chair)
Hoang Nguyen
Dan Vitkus