East Carolina University
 
Department of English
PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication


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Career Resources

Academic Career

Academic careers include faculty, teacher, research, post doc, adjunct, and administrative positions with a college, university, or research institution. The resources below will help you in preparing for the job market.

Materials to Prepare

Curriculum Vita: An academic resume that highlights your teaching, research, and administrative experience.

Letter of Application: Two pages describing your experience and qualifications for an academic position.

Writing Sample: Approximately twenty pages, preferably from a published work or from your dissertation.

Abstract of Dissertation: One-page brief summary of your dissertation.

Teaching Portfolios: Sample syllabi, list of courses, one page statement of teaching philosophy.

Research Agenda: One to two page description of your current and future research and publication activities.

Letters of Reference: Three letters from professors, at least one about teaching.

Interview

Telephone Interview: A telephone interview is typically done before extending a campus interview.

Campus Interview: A campus interview determines a candidate's fit with the interviewing university.

Career Advice Resources

Chronicle of Higher Education Career Advice

Inside Higher Ed Career Advice

Modern Language Association Career Advice 

Job Search Resources

Chronicle of Higher Education Jobs

Higher Ed Jobs

Inside Higher Ed Jobs

MLA Jobs: Contact Shavon Carey for access to this database

Also, visit your discipline's professional association for job prospects.

Other Resources

ATTW Career Advice, compiled by Dr. Richard Johnson-Sheehan, Purdue University: This document provides comprehensive information on how to obtain an academic position. While focused on technical and professional communication professionals, the advice offered in this document is useful to anyone in English.  


ECU Career Center: ECU's career center will assist you with cover letter and resume preparation, job search advice, and mock interviews. English department contact is Catrina Davis, 252.328.6050.

Non-Academic Career

There are many opportunities in the public and private sector for people with degrees in the humanities and the social sciences. The resources below will help you in preparing for the job market.

Materials to Prepare

Resume: A description of your qualifications for a particular job.

Cover Letter: Introductory letter outlining your interests and accomplishments.

Portfolio/E-Portfolio: An organized presentation of your work.

Job Search Resources

International Association for Business Communicators Jobs

Public Relations Student Society of America Jobs

Society for Technical Communication

Other Resources

ECU Career Center: ECU's career center will assist you with cover letter and resume preparation, job search advice, and mock interviews. English Department contact is Catrina Davis, 252.328.6050.