On April 12, 2016, the University of Illinois Department of English issued the following statement in support of our non-tenure track colleagues:
We, the faculty of the Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in continuity with resolutions we have passed in previous years, call upon the university administration to bargain in good faith with the Non Tenure Faculty-Coalition and agree to a contract along the lines that the NTFC has proposed. We believe that agreeing to such a contract is essential to maintaining and improving undergraduate education. Because our non tenure faculty are indispensable to the university’s commitment to excellent teaching and research, we express our support for the NTFC, including our support for the right ofnon tenure faculty to participate in a lawful work action without retaliation.
We add new alumni to the Department of English Alumni Mentoring Network all the time. Our newest participant is Luke Trayser, a senior copywriter at Ivor Andrew in Chicago. Luke was kind enough to send along some advice for current students interested in careers in copywriting:
- Even if you don’t have experience, you have your words. Your portfolio is vital. Write all the time, write for free, and put the stuff you’re proudest of in your portfolio.
- During an interview, don’t try to be someone you think they want. That’s a good way to be stuck in a job that doesn’t fit. Instead, just be you. If you do that and get turned down, it was not the right place for you.
- Most writing jobs require a cover letter and résumé, but it’s much easier, and more effective, to apply with your portfolio and résumé instead. It’s a hilarious little irony that the people who ask for cover letters can’t stand reading them.
Not sure what Luke means by “portfolio”? Have a look at his!
For students in the English Honors program who wish to write a thesis in Fall 2016, one-page proposals are due by Monday, May 2, in the English advising office, along with a registration form for English 391. Even if you are not planning to write your thesis until Spring 2017, you’ll find this memo informative.