Many graduate students, or undergraduates thinking about graduate school, would benefit from having the various forms/lists/how-to guides in one place. I’m using the ‘resources’ tab here to showcase materials of use to graduate students, including not only forms from the History dept but also useful short pieces on how to present your first conference paper; what book editors are looking for (something to think about when writing your dissertation); and some snapshots on the academic job market, etc.
Forms from the History Department
- Comprehensive exams form - 2011 (changes yearly)
- Request for a readings or research course
- Graduate course enrollments by field, February 2012.
The PhD annual committee meeting form is generated for PhD students by their respective graduate department.
Short Pieces about the Profession
- Robert Townsend, “A Grim Year on the Academic Job Market for Historians” (Perspectives, 2010)
- ”What Are Book Editors Looking For?” (2006 article, Chronicle of Higher Education)
- Linda Kerber, “Conference Rules: Everything you Need to Know About Presenting A Scholarly Paper in Public,” from Perspectives (2008).
- Prof. Dan Remenyi, “How to Write an Abstract for a Conference Paper” (2007)
- Canadian Historical Association's Becoming a Historian manual, edited by Profs. Franca Iacovetta and Molly Ladd-Taylor.
- Ken Wissoker, "Advice on the First Book" (your diss, in other words): notes from a talk he gave at U of T in Jan 2012.
- Rebecca Onion's crowd-sourced, Twitter-based collection of books on college teaching.
Grad School Basics
- Cynthia Verba, Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years (Harvard, 8th edition)
Comprehensive Fields Lists
- Elspeth Brown's 'megalist' for US History, 1877-present, from 2010 (note: this list is customized for each student, but will give you an idea).
Sample Conference Paper Proposals
Sample Job Letters
Sample Curriculum Vitae