The French Review, vol. 72, no. 6 (May 1999)

 Pro-Seminar Outline: Fall 1994


PRO-SEMINAR ON PROFESSIONAL ISSUES FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Fall Semester 1994

Charles J. Stivale (in conjunction with French 874)

As a supplement to advanced graduate literary studies, this Pro-Seminar is -open to all students in language and literature-. Expanding a pro-seminar led in Winter 1993 by myself and John Eipper, this forum is aimed at de-mythifying and explaining some important issues, practices and procedures that face language professionals as they prepare to enter "the profession." In this series of eight meetings, we will discuss practical details on the followingsubject areas:

-Week of:
1- Sept 6: Orientation to Library Research, 350 Purdy-Kresge: Discussion of available library resources (bibliographical,
periodical, on-line and CD searches) and of common research practices for preparing projects for papers (whether in courses or for conferences) and for eventual publication.
(** REQUIRED SESSION FOR French 874 participants)

Week of
2- Sept 12: Reading the Scholarly Article, Strategies (with Lezlie Hart Stivale): "Hands-on" practice for critically reading the scholarly essay.
(** REQUIRED SESSION FOR French 874 participants)

Weeks of
3- Sept 26: Producing Publications, I: Conferencing &
4- Oct 10: Producing Publication, II: Journals and Beyond:
Discussion of the step-by-step process for developing publishable scholarly work: pursuing the initial research idea, calls for papers and the conference abstract, protocols of the conference paper, revisions and preparation of journal formats, the essay for publication.

Weeks of
5- Oct 24: Market (Un)Realities: The Job Search, I &
6- Oct 31: Market (Un)Realities: The Job Search, II:
Discussion of the apparatus developed through the MLA for conducting a job search in foreign languages: the Job Information List (and other sources); responding to a job announcement: preparing the cover letter, the c.v., the placement file; at the MLA convention; the follow-up: protocols of the campus visit, the wait, the offer, the "end-game".

Weeks of
7- Nov 14: Negotiating Theories, I &
8- Dec 5: Negotiating Theories, II
Discussion of the array of critical theories that inform scholarly papers and publications as a means to help new professionals situate themselves in readings and writings and conference participation.

Each session will last approximately 90 minutes, with some handouts available, when appropriate, prior to each meeting at the front desk of the department of Romance Languages (487 Manoogian).

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