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					                       UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
                               Department of Sociology
                                    Spring 2008

                                Professional Seminar in Sociology
                                           SOCY 6831
                                      Thursdays 12:30-1:45
                                           Ketchum 33

                                           Leslie Irvine
                                           Ketchum 223
                                          irvinel@colorado.edu
                                   Office hours by appointment

Some of the most difficult aspects of graduate study are the transitions from taking
courses to writing a dissertation and preparing for (and beginning) your first academic
job. This seminar will give you some tools to help you make these transitions. Through
discussion, exercises, and reading, we will address many of the concerns you have about
moving from graduate student to faculty member. The goals of the course will vary
depending on where you are in the program. All students will produce a CV, or
curriculum vitae. In addition, you could accomplish one or more of the following:
                  Outline a dissertation proposal
                  Finish and submit an article for publication
                  Apply for a grant
                  Develop professional contacts

You will be required to read one book, available at the campus bookstore:
      Allen, David. 2003. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.
               New York: Penguin.
We will also read several articles, available online.

The topics we will discuss include:
       A foolproof strategy for productivity
       Academic life
       Defining yourself as a faculty member
       Writing an article
       Specialty comps
       Packaging yourself for the job market
       Giving a conference presentation
       Navigating the professional associations
       Applying for grants
       Writing a dissertation proposal
       Writing a dissertation
       Turning a dissertation into a book

During the first meeting, we will expand this list with suggestions from the class.

				
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