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How We Train and Place Our PhD Students

by Kim Keller — Posted Nov 05, 2011 08:13 AM

Professors at Penn State routinely work together to train graduate students in the context of tightly knit areas of specialization.  No matter what area of study graduate students select, they can be sure to have a cohort of accomplished professors with whom to share their work.  Such consistent, and cooperative vetting is key to good professional development.

Penn State English offers job-hunting students an extensive training course run by Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Kathryn Hume, who literally “wrote the book”  [Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt (New York:  Palgrave, 2005)] on how to successfully negotiate the academic job market.

The members of the Penn State English department are also committed to getting graduate students publishing early and often.  Our program offers dedicated publication workshops as part of the regular graduate curriculum.  In these classes, students bring projects they have completed in the context of other seminars to the table with the sole goal of moving them into print in high-quality journals.