Hacking the Job Market: Getting (and Surviving) an Academic Job

Rooms 427-429, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Post-MFA/PhD, how can you land an academic job in today’s hyper competitive market—and flourish once you’re there? As daunting as this process may seem, there are many useful “hacks” can help you highlight your full range of skills—and use them, later, to navigate time demands on the tenure track. This multigenre panel of poets and prose writers includes tenured, tenure-track, and program director faculty who will offer nuanced yet practical advice for success in the job search—and beyond.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline,_Hacking_the_Job_Market.pdf



Susan Meyers teaches at Hugo House and directs the creative writing program at Seattle University. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel, and she has received awards from the Fulbright foundation, NEH, AAUW, Hedgebrook, Jentel, Playa, and Millay Colony for the Arts.

Holly M. Wendt is associate professor of English and director of the creative writing program at Lebanon Valley College. Their debut novel Heading North is forthcoming from Braddock Avenue Books and their prose has appeared in Shenandoah, Passages North, Four Way Review, and elsewhere.

Joseph Salvatore is books editor at The Brooklyn Rail, a frequent reviewer at New York Times Book Review, and associate professor of writing at The New School. He is the author of the story collection To Assume a Pleasing Shape (BOA Editions) and co-author of Understanding English Grammar (10/e, Pearson).

Jon Udelson’s fiction has appeared in Juked, The Ampersand Review, The Baltimore Review, and Fiction magazine, among others. He is the author of Arabic Tattoos and currently serves as assistant professor of English at Shenandoah University. His scholarship focuses on writing, literacy, and craft.

Ben Ristow is a writer and associate professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He is the author of Craft Consciousness and Artistic Practice in Creative Writing (Bloomsbury, 2022) and his fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Indiana Review, Southwest Review, Ambit, and Terrain.org.


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