Professor M. Kent Jennings serves as the Placement Advisor for graduate students. His role is to provide guidance to students who are looking for both academic and non-academic jobs. As students enter the job market, Professor Jennings will help guide students in searching for appropriate jobs and strategies for getting them. He will also advise on cover letters, CVs, and job talks.
The department offers several opportunities for professional development through the PS 595 series, which features professional skills forums and talks of interest to graduate students.
Career and Professional Development
The Graduate Division wants to provide all graduate students wtih the resources to be successful in securing a satisfying and rewarding career. There are several online resources available through the Career & Professional Development section of their website.
For Teaching Assistants who are Parents
Graduate students who are serving as teaching assistants (at 25% or more time) are eligible to participate in a child care reimbursement program. The program allows eligible teaching assistants to receive up to $900 per quarter towards childcare expenses for non-school age dependents.
To receive the reimbursement, TAs must fill out the child care reimbursement form and turn it in, along with childcare receipts, to Carol Conley, Graduate Program Coordinator. For more information, see the program factsheet.
American Political Science Association Resources
In addition, to listing available academic positions, APSA provides resources for individuals who are on or preparing to be on the job market. To see more, visit the APSA website. Resouces include: mentoring opportunities, questions to be prepared to answer as a job candidate, and other career resources.