| || |
Course leader: Prof. Rob Kitchin (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/people/rob-kitchin)
Dates: Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd January 2020, 10 am to 5pm daily
Location: Seminar Room, Second Floor, Iontas Building
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all three days in full, not simply sessions of their choice.
Format: A series of interactive workshops
Course book: Kitchin, R. and Fuller, D. (2005) The Academic’s Guide to Publishing. Sage, London. (in library)
Pre-Assignment: students are required to submit, on day 1 of the seminar, a CV and letter of application (1-2 pages) for a recently advertised post of your choice, indicating clearly in the opening of the letter the nature of the post.
The final assignment for the course will be a: 2-3 page document that outlines a career strategy and how it will be achieved; an edited CV and amended letter of application following the completion of the module.
DAY ONE: Dissertation completion and viva preparation
10.00-11.15: Managing the completion process; challenges and difficulties; time management; writing and editing; review of MU requirements
11.45-13.00: Technical aspects of the thesis; title; abstracts, acknowledgements, table of contents; referencing; tables and diagrams; technical production; making corrections; malpractices and intellectual property
14.00-15.15: Aims and purpose of the viva; advance preparation; in the viva; MU regulations
15.45-17.00: Surviving the viva: Workshop with 4 recent graduates
DAY TWO: Dissemination of dissertation research
10.00-11.15: Developing a publishing and wider dissemination strategy that enhances career prospects
11.45-13.00: Writing for journals; selecting a journal; what editors look for; how refereeing works; revising and editing;
14.00-15.15: Writing a book; securing a book contract; writing for other media; copyediting and the production process
15.45-17.00: Organizing events
DAY THREE: Post-PhD career
10.00-11.15: Career paths and strategy; research and teaching careers (plus stories of three early career scholars)
11.45-13.00: Networking and building a profile both inside and outside academia; Effective use of social media
14.00-15.15: Securing grants and scholarships
15.45-17.00: CV and cover letter writing; references; interviews; negotiations