S209. How a Hiring Committee Reads: Best Practices for Cover Letters, CVs, etc.

Portland Ballroom 255, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Saturday, March 30, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


What is the hiring committee looking for? Nothing in particular. Or, maybe, everything. It wants a strong candidate who fires imaginations and helps out with departmental business. So, how do you know if the job is a good fit for you and vice versa? How do you present who you are and what you do best? Hiring committee veterans from private and public, 4 year and 2 year colleges and universities will discuss the process of—and offer practical tips for—applying to full and part-time jobs.


Judith Baumel is a poet, critic, and translator. She is Professor of English and Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Adelphi University. She served as president on the AWP Board of Trustees. Her books of poetry are The Weight of Numbers, Now, and The Kangaroo Girl.

Kyle Dargan has authored four poetry collections, most recently Honest Engine. He has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. He edits Post No Ills magazine and directs American University's MFA program.

Eva Foster earned an MFA from the University of Maryland and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Houston. She has been published in the Florida Review and the Helen Burns Poetry Anthology. She is associate department chair of English at Houston Community College.

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two collections, Last Seen, a Felix Pollak Poetry Prize selection, and Gravity, U.S.A., recipient of the Quercus Review Press Poetry Series Book Award; and the novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me. She teaches at Adelphi University


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center