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Catherine Connors, Keely Lake, John Paulas, and Kenneth Kitchell Jr.


Since the 1970s, the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), formerly the American Philological Association, has published Careers for Classicists, a practically-oriented guide to the job market for classics students with undergraduate and graduate degrees. There have been many iterations of the guide, each edition building on the last, and responding to changes in hiring practices, the job market inside and outside the academy, and technology. Several aspects of the publication have, however, remained constant. Careers has always advocated K-12 teaching as a rewarding career, provided helpful advice about how classicists can train to be teachers and find teaching jobs, and provided guidance about a variety of career pathways outside research and teaching.

In 2018, SCS determined that it would be optimal for the next version of Careers to be split into two distinct publications that would provide more detailed advice for students with undergraduate degrees on the one hand and with graduate degrees on the other. Careers for Classicists: Undergraduate Edition is currently in progress, and you are reading Careers for Classicists: Graduate Student Edition.

We thank the previous authors of Careers for Classicists, George Kennedy, Laura Stone Barnard, and Kenneth Kitchell Jr. for providing a solid foundation on which SCS has been able to build in order to address the current needs of students. Special thanks go to Kenneth Kitchell Jr., author of the 2012 and 1999 editions of Careers, for giving his blessing to the decision to split the publication in two and for handing over the publication of this edition to three new authors: Catherine Connors, Professor of classics at the University of Washington; John Paulas, President of PhD Matters Ltd.; and Keely Lake, a classicist with many years of teaching experience in K-12 schools and higher education, who is currently Chair of the National Committee for Latin and Greek. Since significant portions of Professor Kitchell’s text, particularly with regard to K-12 teaching careers and faculty positions, have been retained in this version, we credit Professor Kitchell as fourth author. I would also like to thank Cynthia Bannon, Chair of the Career Planning and Development Committee, for her advice and guidance throughout the project.

Helen Cullyer

Executive Director, SCS

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