Academic Job Boot Camp – 14 May

History UK, History Lab Plus and the Institute of Historical Research

Academic Job Boot Camp

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House London

14 May 2016: 13.15-17.00

 

Are you starting to think about applying for your first lectureship in history? Submitting applications and never hearing back? The Academic Job Boot Camp is a free half-day event for early career historians sponsored by History UK, History Lab Plus and the Institute of Historical Research. It will help you to structure your academic CV, hone your cover letter, rehearse your job presentation and undergo a mock interview, as well as demystifying some of the processes around academic recruitment. The experience, feedback and advice you receive at the event is designed to improve your chances the next time you apply for an academic job.

How will the boot camp work? Participants will take part in a simulation of all stages of the job application process up to and including being interviewed as a shortlisted candidate. Twenty-five applicants will be invited to be interviewed at a half-day boot camp on 14 May 2016 at the Institute of Historical Research in London. There they will be interviewed by pairs of experienced academics drawn from a dozen universities nationwide. They will also deliver job presentations to other early career historians. All participants will receive feedback on their interview and presentation and will have the opportunity to observe how others fare. The event will end with a roundtable on how to make your job application succeed, after which there will be drinks, a free dinner and networking opportunities at a nearby pub and restaurant.

Itinerary (all locations at Institute of Historical Research):

13:15-13:30 Welcome and introductions (Wolfson II)

13:30-16:00 Mock Interviews (30 minutes each incl. feedback, conducted by pairs of academics: N304, N202, N204, N203, N102)

13:30-16:00 Job presentations (10 minutes each in front of other early career historians who provide written feedback: Wolfson II and Pollard Seminar Room N301)

16:00-17:00 Roundtable on Myths and Truths about Applying and Interviewing for Academic Jobs (Wolfson II)

17.00-19.30 Pub then dinner at a nearby restaurant

This event is free and sponsored by History UK, History Lab Plus and the Institute of Historical Research. All early career historians are encouraged to apply, with preference being given to those who have completed their PhDs.

To participate, you will need to apply for an imaginary lectureship in a real history programme. Please read the job requirements of the Imaginary Lectureship in History at http://historyuktestone.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/profession/ and the further particulars (http://historyuktestone.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/files/2016/04/Imaginary-Lectureship-in-History-Further-Particulars.pdf), then submit a letter of application and CV to marcus.collins@lboro.ac.uk. The deadline is midnight on Sunday 1 May and applicants will be contacted by Tuesday 3 May.

Publishing Your Research – History Lab Plus at the Social History Society

History Lab Plus is pleased to be sponsoring a lunchtime session at the Social History Society 40th Anniversary Conference in Lancaster this week. We are glad to have Emma Brennan (Manchester University Press) and Emily Russell (Palgrave) talking to us about publishing and we anticipate lots of questions!

You can find us on the programme for Monday 21st March (Day One), 1.15-2pm in CCA016.

Our incoming co-chair Kelly Spring will also be there to answer any questions you have about joining History Lab Plus and what we do. Do come and say hello!

History Lab Plus Events: More Dates for your Diaries!

We have a busy few months ahead at History Lab Plus, with events coming up left, right and centre all across the country. Here are a few details of upcoming events, a Call for Papers and some preliminary dates for your diary.

First of all, we are running an event on Teaching and Technology: Making Digital History‘ at Liverpool John Moores University on 14th March 2015. A stellar line-up of historians will share their experience of engaging history students with digital technologies and will help you to develop your own course ideas. You can read more details and book for this exciting event on our Eventbrite page.

Our very popular event ‘Life After the PhD’ will again be exploring a whole range of post-PhD careers, both academic and non-academic, on 21st April 2015 at Senate House, London. More details will follow very soon.

On June 12th, we’re pleased to be sponsoring a one-day symposium on ‘Teaching World History’ at the University of Derby. This Call for Papers invites proposals for 10-15 minute presentations about how to engage students on international topics. The deadline for proposals is 31st March 2015.

Also in June, we’ll also be running our annual joint event with the Royal Historical Society and this time we’re moving out of London! Watch this space for a announcement of date and brand new location very soon. In the meantime, here’s some of the excellent advice our professors gave last year to be going on with.

In July we’re also proud to be sponsoring early-career workshops at the ‘Rethinking Modern British Studies‘ conference at the University of Birmingham and the Leeds Medieval Congress.

There are also other events in the planning, including one on becoming a freelance historian or heritage professional. So there’s even more to come! Hard to believe, I know; we do our best for you …