Professional Development Sessions

NeMLA is pleased to offer professional development interactive sessions at its upcoming 50th Anniversary Convention

CFP: Due January 25, 2019

If you are interested in speaking as part of these sessions, please email a 100-word bio and a 300-word abstract detailing personal experiences that are relevant to these panels to Claire Sommers, Professional Development Coordinator,, by January 25, 2019.

Academia, Alt-Ac, and the Application: Converting Your CV to a Resumé

Friday, March 22, 2019
10-11:30 AM
Gaylord National, Cherry Blossom Ballroom

Given the challenges of the current academic job market, we have begun to encourage early career scholars to explore alt-ac options. However, alt-ac positions frequently require different job materials than the traditional academic job market. This session will offer practical advice on how to convert an academic C.V. into a resumé that will allow PhD recipients to apply competitively for alt-ac positions. 

Don’t Take Grants for Granted: How to Pitch Research and Apply for Funding

Saturday, March 23, 2019
10:15-11:30 AM
Gaylord National, Baltimore 1

One of the most vital skills for any scholar is the ability to make one’s research understandable to individuals outside of their home discipline, as well as academia itself. In so doing, a scholar can advocate for their own research or department, and can also apply for grants to fund their studies. This session will offer practical advice on pitching one’s research to individuals outside one’s field of specialty. We will pay special attention to how to use this skill to apply for grants and other external funding.