The History Department takes seriously its role in training future academicians. To this end, the Department continues to develop and provide a variety of resources to assist our graduate students in preparing for their careers. For example, interested students may enroll in HIST 570, Topics in Teaching History. This course was developed by two former graduate students under the supervision of Professor Richard Johnson, as part of a Huckabay Fellowship project. The purpose of this course is to help students develop habits of critical reflection about their teaching and to think, more specifically, about why they teach, what they teach, and how they teach. The course is designed for two groups: beginning or continuing History Department TAs and advanced History graduate students preparing to teach their own courses for the first time.
In addition, students who have achieved candidacy and who are interested in pursuing a career in higher education are strongly encouraged to take HIST 571, Orientation to an Academic Career in History. This is a unique course designed to help graduate students prepare for careers as college teachers. Students learn how they can most effectively seek a position, conduct job interviews and campus visits, prepare and teach a course, deal with deans, chairs, colleagues, and students, work towards tenure, and generally navigate a course within the academic profession.
Teaching your own course
Because a curriculum vitae and a teaching portfolio are necessary components of job application materials, students should begin assembling a CV and a teaching portfolio as early as possible in their graduate careers and should update them regularly. To ensure that students tackle the challenging tasks of developing CVs and teaching portfolios, the Department requires that students include CVs and teaching portfolios as part of most departmental applications. Sample CVs are available in the History Graduate Office. Students can learn about developing teaching portfolios by attending the annual Autumn Quarter teaching portfolio workshop conducted by the Department's Lead TA and the Center for Instructional Development and Research.
The History Graduate Office also offers students the opportunity to experience a mock job interview to help prepare them for the real thing. To schedule a mock interview, contact the History Graduate Office and provide the advisers with a CV, a copy of the notice of the job for which you are applying, and a copy of the letter of interest you sent with your application materials to the Search Committee.