This podcast is a limited series released by the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. Hosts Nupoor Ranade and Wilfredo Flores examine the job market by talking with scholars who just went through the process! Graduate students about to move into this period between PhD and the Tenure Track, Postdoc, or Alt-Ac are welcome!
Episode 10: Final Reflection
Although the final interview has taken place, On the Job has one last episode for you! In this final, reflective episode, host Nupoor Ranade and Wilfredo Flores speak with ... themselves! That's right, as the title suggests, Nupoor and Wilfredo review some of the advice shared in the past nine episodes, talk about how they adapted some of the advice for their own preparation, and chat about how to convert some of the advice for a pandemic job market. They also end with some extra nitty gritty tips on doing Zoom interviews.
Thanks for going along the journey with us, and we hope these interviews have been helpful. As always, head to the DRC website for a transcript of this episode and to find all the other episodes as well. Thanks for tuning in, and we hope you stay safe!
Episode 9: Dr. Allison Hutchison
The final episode of On the Job has finally arrived! In this last episode, hosts Nupoor Ranade and Wilfredo Flores speak with Dr. Allison Hutchison, Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Communications Program at Cornell University. In this episode, Allison speaks about tailoring job searches, knowing what you're capable of and qualified for, using LaTeX and Overleaf for job materials, and making a website in GitHub. Allison also talks about transferring dissertation research into the work she does as Senior Lecturer, offering ways such work can take place in a job talk.
Feel free to follow Allison on Twitter (@allisonhutchiso), and you can read more about her work, teaching, and research on her website. Some of the resources mentioned in this episode include HigherEdJobs, Academic Jobs Online, and Jim Ridolfo's Rhet Map. For a transcript of this and every episode, please head to the DRC website.
This might be the last episode in the interview series, but we do have one last supercut for our listeners. Expect an episode soon with all the major advice from our guests, including a reflection from your hosts. Until then!
Episode 8: Dr. Ashanka Kumari
The penultimate episode of On the Job has arrived! Hosts Nupoor Ranade and Wilfredo Flores are joined this time by Dr. Ashanka Kumari, an Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
In this interview, Ashanka talks about working with graduate students by drawing on her own experiences as a grad student, using multiple job offers (if you have them) as leverage for the job you want, and taking the time to take care of herself. Ashanka also talks about the importance of student diversity and living in a place that resonates with your identity.
Feel free to follow Ashanka on Twitter, and head over to her website to read more about her. To read a transcript of this episode, head over to the DRC website, and you can find the other episodes in this series, as well! The next episode is the last one in this series, and we're so thankful you've been along for the ride.
Content Warning: Please be aware that gun violence is discussed within this episode.
Episode 7: Dr. Sweta Baniya
A new On the Job episode is ready for you, and this time, hosts Nupoor Ranade and Wilfredo Flores speak with Dr. Sweta Baniya, an incoming Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Professional & Technical Writing at Virginia Tech University. This episode was recorded before Sweta defended her dissertation (a week, in fact!), and so she offers invaluable advice about document management for the job market, including making cover letters, retooling CVs, and preparing other documents. Sweta also talks about handling dissertation work during the fall semester during which the job market takes place, and she discusses the importance of taking time to unwind and relax.
Feel free to follow Sweta on Twitter (@Sunkesharee), and you can read more about her research and work on her website. For a transcript of this episode, head over to the DRC website, where you can also find other episodes in this series. There's two episodes left in this series, so stay tuned for more!
Episode 6: Dr. Adam Strantz
On the Job is back again with another excellent inquiry into the job market. In the sixth episode, hosts Nupoor Ranade and Wilfredo Flores interview Dr. Adam Strantz, an assistant professor in the departments of English and Emerging Technology in Business and Design at Miami University.
In this interview, Adam talks about being adaptable on the market and looking for jobs from a variety of disciplines and their intersections. As he says in this episode, we in rhet-comp and technical professional writing are primed for these positions, and Adam talks about how his own job has presented unique opportunities and challenges.
You can follow Adam on Twitter at @AdamStrantz and feel free to email him at strantaw@MiamiOH.edu with any questions. As always, head to the DRC website to find a transcript of this and every episode. Right now, we have three episodes left in this series, so stay tuned for more!
Episode 5: Dr. Antonio Byrd
Hello! The inquiry into the job market continues with this the fifth episode of On the Job w/ the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. This time, hosts Nupoor Ranade and Wilfredo Flores interview Dr. Antonio Byrd, an assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Antonio talks about the social aspect of the job market, reviewing his experiences with moving to another city, and he discusses setting boundaries—and sometimes failing—for work and home life. Antonio also talks about the need to listen to the body, mind, and heart when making choices for the job market.
You can read more about Antonio's work on his website, and you can follow him on twitter @AntonioWrites. Head over to the DRC website for a transcript of this episode of On the Job, and you can listen to this and every episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or anywhere you get podcasts. Please stay tuned for more!
Much appreciation for this initiative. Will be helpful for graduates to direct themselves.