Author Archives: destiny.birdsong

Goodbye–well, sort-of.

As is the case with so many good things–my friend Nafissa’s stay in Nashville, my summer break, the box of cupcakes I just polished off while watching an episode of Law and Order–at some point, they must come to an … Continue reading Continue reading

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Writing an Academic Cover Letter

Okay, here’s a moment of full disclosure: in my last job application portfolio, the cover letter was the last thing I wrote because I thought it would be the easiest to write, but also because I didn’t feel it was … Continue reading Continue reading

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Getting Over the Mid-Dissertation Slump

So there I was: it was the third week of December, and I had one more chapter to write to complete my second dissertation draft (instead of writing and revising one chapter at a time, I wrote complete and subsequent … Continue reading Continue reading

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Going to Conferences Part II: The Posturing

So, if you’ve been keeping up with us for the past few blogs, we’ve been talking about attending conferences. I’d like to devote this particular post to “posturing” for two reasons: 1) I think that, in many cases, it’s assumed … Continue reading Continue reading

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Going to Conferences Part I: The Paper

This post is the second installment of a three-part series on conferences. On Thursday, we talked about submitting abstracts, and today we’ll talk about your presentation. Conferences are great places to meet other scholars and learn cool new stuff. More … Continue reading Continue reading

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Approaching the Archives: a Librarian’s Perspective

“Every archive is different,” says Deborah Lilton, the librarian for the departments of English, Theatre, and African American Studies here at Vanderbilt University. “Really, the only thing they all have in common is that you can’t take anything home.” As … Continue reading Continue reading

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My Dissertation Defense

About twenty hours ago, I locked the door of my apartment thinking, if all goes well, the next time I see this place, I’ll be Dr. Birdsong! Needless to say, it was at that moment that pure panic set in. … Continue reading Continue reading

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Turning Your Dissertation Chapter Into an Article

I’ve heard time and time again how important it is to “get published” before going on the job market.  But, honestly, it’s kind of scary to submit parts of your dissertation-in-progress with the possibility of its repeated (and sometimes unexplained) … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Dissertation Writer’s Retreat

In light of the fact that the application deadline–Friday, June 8, 2012–is fast approaching for the Writing Studio’s Dissertation Writers’ Retreat (which will be held July 9-13, 2012,  9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.), we thought we’d devote this post to information about … Continue reading Continue reading

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Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

A teaching philosophy (also known as a statement of pedagogy, a teaching statement, and a host of other titles) is a tricky document. It should simultaneously encapsulate your ideas about effective teaching, but also map out the ways in which … Continue reading Continue reading

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