The Job Shop

The Society for Values in Higher Education invites graduate students, adjunct professors, early career scholars, and academic job-seekers to attend

The Job Shop

An Interactive, Personalized Workshop for Academic Job-Seekers July 13-14, 2017 Simmons College, Boston

What You Will Get by Participating:

  • Unique opportunity to learn from over a dozen seasoned faculty who have served on search committees for R1 (Research 1) schools, state universities, SLAC’s (small liberal arts colleges), religiously-affiliated institutions, and community colleges
  • Personalized attention and feedback on your materials (CV, cover letters, teaching statements, research statements)
  • Opportunity to practice your interviewing skills and teaching demonstrations with a live audience of seasoned faculty who will offer on-the-spot feedback
  • Networking opportunities with scholars in many fields
  • Opportunity to attend and to present your work at the concurrent SVHE conference (July 12-16)
  • Competition for the Robert Spivey prize money for the conference’s best papers
  • Competition for a 2018 Mary Jo Small Fellowship, covering costs to attend the 2018 SVHE meeting in Denver, Colorado
  • Access to a robust Children’s Program for young family members for the duration of the workshop, at no additional cost
  • All of this for a very modest $75 registration fee!
Registration is limited to the first 24 respondents:Register here today!
Questions and inquires: Contact Dr. Melanie Howard [email protected]

The Society for Values in Higher Education

The Job Shop is sponsored by the Society for Values in Higher Education, a fellowship of teachers and others who care deeply about ethical issues—such as integrity, diversity, social justice and civic responsibility—facing higher education and the wider society. The Society believes that such values call for study, reflection, discussion, and action. SVHE pursues these activities through publications, projects, regional gatherings, and an annual national meeting.

In addition to The Job Shop workshop, your registration also includes access to the full SVHE national meeting from July 12-16. As a part of the annual meeting, you are invited to consider submitting a paper in response to this year’s call for papers:

Sacrifice, Consumption, and the Public Good

In 1840, Alexis de Tocqueville observed a bedrock cultural presupposition of Americans in the Age of Jackson. He called this presupposition “interest rightly understood.” In the second volume of Democracy in America, he wrote, “The principle of interest rightly understood produces no great acts of self-sacrifice, but it suggests daily small acts of self-denial. By itself, it cannot suffice to make a man virtuous; but it disciplines a number of persons in habits of regularity, temperance, moderation, foresight, self-command; and, if it does not lead men straight to virtue by will, it gradually draws them in that direction by their habits.” Today, in the face of challenges of climate change and global poverty, individuals are often asked to make sacrifices in their private lives in order to advance the public good. Within American culture, however, the values of self-care and consumerism can be in tension with those of sacrifice for and service to the public good. And even if an individual makes such sacrifices, she/he might feel that such sacrifices are trivial compared to the magnitude of the problems – leading then to apathy and a prioritization of self-care and consumerism. At its 2017 annual meeting, the Society for Values in Higher Education invites presentations and panels on the theme of sacrifice – in particular, the tension between sacrifice and consumption vis-a-vis the public good, what de Tocqueville styled “interest rightly understood.” Direct questions and inquiries to Eric Bain-Selbo, Executive Director, Society for Values in Higher Education ([email protected]).

All proposals should be submitted electronically through our website: Please submit only Word or PDF documents. Proposals should not exceed 1000 words. Proposals will be reviewed as they are submitted. Review will continue until all available slots are filled. No proposals will be accepted after the deadline of April 15, 2017. Interdisciplinary and/or practice oriented proposals are especially encouraged.

Two papers will be selected for the Robert Spivey Excellence in Scholarship Awards that include a prize of $300 each. To be eligible for an award, completed papers must be submitted by July 1, 2017 and presented at the conference.  For the PDF version of this information, click HERE.