Sunday, April 22, 2018

Thinking Beyond Your Degree: Eleven Suggestions for a Competitive Job Search

By Dr. Rebecca Dirksen (Indiana University)


*This article originally appeared in SEM Student News Volume 12.1, Spring/Summer 2016.

There’s a great deal of handwringing over the state of today’s job market. This anxiety makes sense: we are facing restructuring of the academic world, with a move toward fewer tenure-track positions for humanities scholars. Moreover, there’s a generalized (and often poorly articulated and thus poorly received) antipathy toward academics, as public dialogues turn to “elitism,” “irrelevancy,” and “employability.” Technically, however, academic job rates for early career ethnomusicologists have been relatively constant if not higher over the past several years, based on the unscientific measure of job postings to the job wiki, ethnomusicology-related listservs, and the Chronicle—although as a discipline we have no firm grasp on where these figures will stand in just five years. But let’s be blunt: even the most accomplished ABDs and recent PhDs with the best connections and the most exciting, cutting-edge research are not guaranteed an institutional home at a university. That said, there’s a comparatively strong market outside the university setting for those with serious public/applied/activist research skills. And there’s an extensive and growing range of available tools and resources that have opened up tremendous latitude for self-designed and directed careers.

So it may be time to reframe a solution to job market stresses: ethnomusicology graduate students might be best advised to build the skills necessary to be a competitive applicant for university and community college jobs while simultaneously positioning themselves to pursue other avenues. Landing a job on either “path” doesn’t preclude anyone from also walking down the other “path.” Academic work and public sector/applied work are not mutually exclusive categories. With this in mind, I’d like to share a few thoughts I’ve had while navigating the process of becoming an applied/engaged scholar, and as I now reflect on how best to assist my own graduate students.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Final Call for Submissions: SEMSN 14.1

Dear Colleagues,

This is the final call for submissions for the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 14, no. 1, will focus on a theme of Music and Politics with particular attention to music-making as political intervention and discourse. We are seeking article submissions on any topic, but will give preference to those that fit within our theme’s area of discussion. Likewise, we will consider submissions from both students and working scholars alike, and encourage authors to submit pieces in a variety of media.

Submissions may be written, photographic, or multimedia (written with visual, audio, and/or video components). We are currently accepting submissions for the following categories:
  • Original photography related to the issue’s theme
  • Student submissions (c. 200–250 words) for our “Thoughts from the Field” column [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme]
  • Student articles (c. 500–1500 words) [related or unrelated to the theme of the issue]
  • Student response column (c. 500–1500 words) [responding to a previous issue of SEM Student News or something else in the world of ethnomusicology today]
  • Professional submissions for our
    • “Dear SEM” column (c. 250 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: “Reflecting upon your own knowledge and experience engaging with music-making in politicized contexts, what advice can you offer students regarding the ethics of fieldwork in instability, that is, how to ethically and adeptly navigate highly-political music research?”];
    • Or individual articles (c. 500–1000 words) [related or unrelated to the issue’s theme, and speaking toward student interests, concerns, experiences, opportunities, etc.]
If you would like to submit a piece, please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com. We also welcome any other ideas, comments, and questions. Submissions should follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (author-date). Files should be submitted in .docx (text), .jpg or .tiff (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than April 2, 2018. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

--
Davin Vidigal Rosenberg
Editor, SEM Student News

Friday, March 2, 2018

2nd Call for Submissions: SEM Student News Vol 14.1

Dear Colleagues,

This is the second call for submissions for the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 14, no. 1, will focus on a theme of Music and Politics with particular attention to music-making as political intervention and discourse. We are seeking article submissions on any topic, but will give preference to those that fit within our theme’s area of discussion. Likewise, we will consider submissions from both students and working scholars alike, and encourage authors to submit pieces in a variety of media.

Submissions may be written, photographic, or multimedia (written with visual, audio, and/or video components). We are currently accepting submissions for the following categories:
  • Original photography related to the issue’s theme
  • Student submissions (c. 200–250 words) for our “Thoughts from the Field” column [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme]
  • Student articles (c. 500–1500 words) [related or unrelated to the theme of the issue]
  • Student response column (c. 500–1500 words) [responding to a previous issue of SEM Student News or something else in the world of ethnomusicology today]
  • Professional submissions for our
    • “Dear SEM” column (c. 250 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: “Reflecting upon your own knowledge and experience engaging with music-making in politicized contexts, what advice can you offer students regarding the ethics of fieldwork in instability, that is, how to ethically and adeptly navigate highly-political music research?”];
    • Or individual articles (c. 500–1000 words) [related or unrelated to the issue’s theme, and speaking toward student interests, concerns, experiences, opportunities, etc.]
If you would like to submit a piece, please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com. We also welcome any other ideas, comments, and questions. Submissions should follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (author-date). Files should be submitted in .docx (text), .jpg (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than April 2, 2018. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

--
Davin Vidigal Rosenberg
Editor, SEM Student News

Friday, February 2, 2018

Call for Submissions: SEM Student News 14.1

Dear Colleagues,

This is the first call for submissions for the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of SEM Student News. This new issue, vol. 14, no. 1, will focus on a theme of Music and Politics with particular attention to music-making as political intervention and discourse. We are seeking article submissions on any topic, but will give preference to those that fit within our theme’s area of discussion. Likewise, we will consider submissions from both students and working scholars alike, and encourage authors to submit pieces in a variety of media.

Submissions may be written, photographic, or multimedia (written with visual, audio, and/or video components). We are currently accepting submissions for the following categories:
  • Original photography related to the issue’s theme
  • Student submissions (c. 200–250 words) for our “Thoughts from the Field” column [relating students' personal perspectives and experiences in the field to the issue's main theme]
  • Student articles (c. 500–1500 words) [related or unrelated to the theme of the issue]
  • Student response column (c. 500–1500 words) [responding to a previous issue of SEM Student News or something else in the world of ethnomusicology today]
  • Professional submissions for our
    • “Dear SEM” column (c. 250 words) [related to the issue’s theme and responding to the following prompt: “Reflecting upon your own knowledge and experience engaging with music-making in politicized contexts, what advice can you offer students regarding the ethics of fieldwork in instability, that is, how to ethically and adeptly navigate highly-political music research?”];
    • Or individual articles (c. 500–1000 words) [related or unrelated to the issue’s theme, and speaking toward student interests, concerns, experiences, opportunities, etc.]
If you would like to submit a piece, please contact the editor at semstudentnews@gmail.com. We also welcome any other ideas, comments, and questions. Submissions should follow Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (author-date). Files should be submitted in .docx (text), .jpg (photography and images), .mp3 or .flac (audio), and .mp4 (video) formats no later than April 2, 2018. Be sure to include your contact information and university affiliation in your email. Please feel free to share this call widely.

--
Davin Vidigal Rosenberg
Editor, SEM Student News