A student seeking an academic position should inform the dissertation supervisor and the Chair of the Graduate Committee in the summer before they enter the job market. Primary responsibility for placement rests on the student, although the department makes every possible effort to aid in the search for suitable positions.
In the early stages of dissertation research, students open a placement file in the University Career Center and update it annually. Job seekers should also submit their names to the Professional Register of the American Historical Association, consult job listings in H-Net and the AHA newsletter Perspectives, and make plans to attend the AHA's annual conference and other professional meetings where employers often hold preliminary interviews for teaching positions. The standard application for an academic position consists of: a cover letter, dissertation abstract, and a teaching portfolio consisting of sample syllabi and student evaluations. The graduate program helps students prepare for the job search process with mock job interviews and mock job presentations.
Any student wishing to be considered for college and university teaching positions should bring their dissertation as near to completion as possible. Departmental chairs seeking new faculty, prefer applicants with a dissertation that is finished or at least in an advanced draft stage, so that a search committee can read it and feel confident of the applicant's quallifications.