Placement Services and Jobs

The History Department has a comprehensive program designed to prepare Ph.D. candidates for the job market. Every year a faculty placement officer organizes regular workshops for students planning to enter the job market. The workshops in the early fall cover writing and revising application letters; tailoring letters to specific schools; C.V.s and resumes; compiling supporting documentation; and soliciting letters of recommendation.

Late in the fall faculty members conduct mock interviews with job seekers. The department also invites guest speakers, including recent graduates, to discuss the application process. To further assist students, the department will, in most cases, subsidize the cost of one trip per student to the annual meeting of the American Historical Association for job interviews. When possible we provide Internet access for last-minute research on potential jobs. The department also holds a reception at the AHA as an opportunity for our students to make important contacts.

Our Ph.D.s have an excellent placement record, despite the tightness of the job market. Emory history Ph.D.s in senior ranks hold posts in many major universities. They have also developed successful careers in law, business, government and secondary school education. Competition for jobs at the college and university level is intense. We believe that history is an important discipline that needs talented recruits. We also believe that you should not enter the profession unless you have a strong commitment and are aware that you may have to withstand disappointments when seeking employment. It is likely that you will have to submit many applications and possibly apply for several years before finding a permanent post.

Our recent graduates have done very well. Unfortunately our information is incomplete at present. What we do know is the following: of the 58 PhDs who received their degrees between 1994 and 2004, thirty-six, or 62% are in regular teaching positions at colleges and universities. Many of these are tenure track or tenured but we don't know how many. Eight more, or 14%, are filling temporary positions. Six, or 10%, hold good professional jobs other than teaching. The last eight are unknown. Thus 76% currently hold teaching positions. Of course the graduates who have been out the longest have had more time to establish themselves than those who recently graduated.

Where are their jobs? The list is constantly changing, but some of the more interesting destinations are Coe College, IA; Davidson College, NC; DePaul University, Chicago; Iowa State University; Kenyon College, OH; Maryville College, TN; Mercer University, GA; Rutgers University, NJ; Sewanee University, TN; Southampton College, NY; University of Georgia; University of Kentucky; University of Missouri, Kansas City; University of South Carolina; University of Texas, Texarkana; Virginia Commonwealth University; Wilfred Laurier University, Ontario.