UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER
Department of Sociology
Professional Seminar in Sociology
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
Defining yourself as a faculty member
Writing an article
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.