Resources for Different Job Searches



Resources for the Tenure-Track Job Search


It is likely that you will need to set up an account with Interfolio, which is now the standard dossier delivery service. You can have letters uploaded here, and you can also upload your own materials for delivery to institutions in a bundle.

The Chronicle of Higher Education/Inside Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education comes out weekly and has fairly extensive ads for jobs; any given issue will have six to seven jobs in English, and sometimes many more than that. Davis has copies, and you can also borrow a copy from the graduate studies office or view it online. In the fall, the Chronicle will only occasionally have ads not also listed in the MLA job list, but at all other times of the year (i.e. from January to September), it is the most useful job list. InsideHigherEd also now has good searchable features and many smaller schools post here, since as of the time of this writing, it is free.

MLA Job Information List

The Modern Language Association provides an online job information list published in October, December, April, and June. You may access this list through the MLA main page. Placement directors will distribute the username and password. The MLA job list is the "official" way to advertise an opening. It is the major source for finding out about tenure‑track jobs that will go through the normal MLA convention interview process. It is less helpful for off-cycle hires -- which means that it is less useful in the spring, although still important. You can also subscribe (through MLA) and get your own personal access.

"The Wiki"

The Academic Jobs Wiki has become an increasingly commonly used resource not only for TT search updates but even for finding listings. There are also links to job resources (including alt-ac articles) and reflections on past experiences with universities/colleges. For the most part, the wiki's value is in the updates that people post on their progress through assistant professor level searches: materials requests, interview requests, campus visits (the information generally tails off at this stage). Like all open-source, anonymous webpages, it should be taken with a grain of salt. Some schools will post updates here or respond to comments. However, it is in no way essential to use, and can produce a lot of anxiety for some people. Use with restraint, and be discreet in your own posting.

Other Academic Job Resources

Check notices posted on the bulletin board next to the mailboxes. Internet and other word-of-mouth sources can also provide information about available jobs, especially last-minute replacement jobs, which are seldom advertised formally. The placement directors will forward these as available. Tenure‑track jobs are never solely advertised this way, but internet postings (especially to specialized discussion groups) are becoming more common. If you find yourself in a particular geographic area and looking for work, a blanket mailing to all the area's colleges will very often land you some adjunct work. Almost all colleges now hire some lecturers and some do not bother to advertise these positions, depending instead on blind applications that come in the mail. Early April is the optimal time to send out such letters since many schools hire for lecturer positions right at the end of the spring semester. April to June is the season for such openings.

Duke's English department has an excellent job placement website that contains tips, timelines, and links to job lists. The University of Texas at Austin also has a good job placement website which contains interesting resources on job possibilities outside of academia.

To search for jobs in the United Kingdom, see

Educaloxy keeps international job listings. You can sign up for their listserv.


Resources for Post-Doc Applicants

Current and prospective UNC postdocs will find information about postdoctoral fellowships on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs website ( You will also find some post-docs listed on the ADE joblist.


Resources for Community College Job Applicants

Although there is no separate search category on the MLA webpage for community college jobs, typing “community college” in the search line may yield listings. The MLA also provides details on pursuing this career:

The Versatile PhD program/portal to which UNC students have access via the Career Services webpage (onyen login required; see below) also currently has a variety of resources including personal testimonials from humanities doctoral degree earners who teach/taught at community colleges.

Resources for Non-Academic and Alt-Ac Jobs

UNC DOECL alumni who have gone into non-academic and alt-ac jobs work in areas ranging from instructional design to creative writing to wide-ranging cultural programming. Some alt-ac jobs include teaching, so you can continue this aspect of your work if it is important to you.

For non-academic and some alt-ac jobs, you should prepare a resume rather than a CV, be prepared to speak about skills as well as accomplishments, and create a LinkedIn page to showcase your experience.

Visit the University Career Services website ( and sign up for the UCS Registration System. This system will give you access to job and internship postings, and to the career services listserv. Inquire about networking nights and career fairs.
Amy Blackburn is the chief contact at the moment for our grads.

Department Alt-Ac Handbook

This handbook is a convenient digest of then-current alt-ac articles, created in 2016 by RA Kevin Pyon and Prof. Heidi Kim. It tries to distill some of the most commonly circulated ideas about alt-ac preparation and job searching. Login required.

Links to Information:

Links to Job Search Websites:

Books and articles:

  • See the Career Center resource room for numerous books on both academic and non-academic job searching.
  • Karen Kelsky, The Professor is In
  • Maggie Debelius and Susan Elizabeth Basalla, So What Are You Going to Do With That?: A Guide for M.A.’s and Ph.D’s Seeking Careers Outside the Academy (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001).
  • Outside the Ivory Tower, by Margaret Newhouse (Harvard University Press, 1993).


Conference Call and Research Websites

For calls for papers on English and American Literature and Culture, see the University of Pennsylvania's electronic mailing list: See also the listings in PMLA. Sign up for the listservs of your major field associations or check their websites. Major conferences often send out calls for papers a year or nine months in advance.

Online research tools: