Professional and Career Development

A variety of resources are available to support graduate students as they prepare and search for an academic position or other professional work that reflects the range of skills and knowledge from doctoral study.

- Workshops: Each semester the Department of History offers workshops for graduate students who are entering the job market.

- Practice job talks: Graduate students who receive an invitation to give a job talk as part of the application process will have the opportunity to give a practice talk to faculty and students in the department. This provides the job candidate an excellent opportunity to practice the presentation prior to the formal interview. At the end of the presentation a question and answer period provides the candidate ample opportunity to practice the content and to receive feedback about the presentation.

- Our departmental pedagogy course for graduate students, which engages a broad range of teaching questions, includes  discussion of literatures on pedagogy and history education.

- A special page of useful links and information from the department's Job Search and Career Development Committee.

In addition:

- The Graduate College Career Development Office holds workshops for humanists on careers inside and outside of academia.

- The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), especially the Mellon-Foundation funded Humanities Without Walls [HWW] program, a collaborative program that, among other activities, holds summer workshops for pre-doctoral students in the humanities who desire to explore careers outside the academy as well as cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students pursuing research that focuses on a grand challenge. (

Note on Interfolio -- The Department of History has discontinued support for Interfolio, which is ending their Dossier Pack Program. Students who wish to use their free Dossier program and subscription-based Dossier Deliver program should see