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Richard R Johnson
HIST 571
Seattle Campus

Orientation to an Academic Career in History

Course for prospective college and university history instructors, preparing them for the nonacademic aspects of their duties. Prerequisite: Master of Arts degree in history or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

HiST 571 is a credit/no credit course designed to help graduate students in history prepare for careers as college teachers. Student will learn how they can most effectively seek and apply for a position; prepare for job interviews and on-campus campus presentations; create and teach a course; deal with deans, chair, colleagues, and students; work towards tenure, and generally develop and advance within the academic profession.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

This course is generally most useful to students who are working on their dissertations and thus have the most immediate interest in preparing to seek a position. But, since it is only taught every 2-3 years, it is open to students at any stage of their graduate careers.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly two-hour meeting. Students should be prepared to draft a curriculum vitae, draw up outlines of their research and teaching interests, design a lecture course, give a lecture to the class, come to lectures given by others in the class—and discuss and critique these with the rest of the class. Format of discussion with the instructor plus visiting students and faculty.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Moran Tompkins
Date: 10/17/2002