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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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Nearly two years ago, I attended a panel at the APA Eastern hosted by the American Association for Philosophy Teachers. The topic of the panel was how to deliver a teaching demonstration during a campus visit. (An overview of the panel’s content can be found in this post on the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Several days ago, Ambrose wrote in with a comment asking about a status-designation for a paper under review: This is not directly related to the post but I'm hoping for reassurance. Does anyone know what it means for a paper on scholarone to go from "awaiting decision" to "awaiting recommendation"?... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: I believe you’ve had these discussions before, but it might be interested to have a post about this again. I am planning to leave the philosophy job market next year, and I’m currently trying to figure out alternatives. I don’t have a STEM background but a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, Amanda writes: Okay so most of us have experienced nasty reviews and wildly divergent reviews. However, I am dealing with a new low re papers and submission and stuff. I have this paper that plenty of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, Kyle writes: Does anyone out there have experience transitioning from a PhD in Philosophy and teaching at the college level to teaching at the high school level? I don't have a relevant degree (Math, English, etc.),... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: A standard piece of advice about tailoring in cover letters is to explicitly mention faculty at the school one is applying to. This seems smart and right. Here's a problem-schema I've run into several times, though: I'm looking at the University of X. Professor Y, who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is just a quick note that OUP and Palgrave are having 50%-off holiday book sales! Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
eIn the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, Anonymous writes: How do you work out when it is time to give up on (or at least put aside for the long term) a project that you have been working on for some considerable time?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" post, Anon writes: I'd like to see a post on couples finding a dual positions somewhere. It would be nice to see what success looks like in this arena. It's hard to know how to go about solving... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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An anonymous reader writes in: "I was wondering if the community had any idea how likely it would be to reenter academia after working in the private sector for a significant amount of time. I'm in my last year of my PhD and it may be possible for me to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" post, Eugene writes, Beyond publishing in top-20 journals and teaching a diverse range of courses, are there any non-obvious things a post doc can do to stand out in a stack of job applications for an assistant... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
It has been a while since we've done one of these, and since job-candidates are in the thick of the job-market, I figure now might be a good time for one! For those of you unfamiliar with the series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Midway through graduate school, following numerous arbitrary increases in my monthly bill, I abandoned Comcast’s cable and internet service. Afterward, I struck a deal with a friend in a neighboring apartment to use his wireless network and cover half the expense. Six months later, he moved to a different complex,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An anonymous UK PhD writes in: Its coming up to two years this February since I finished my doctorate. In that time i've applied for lots of postdocs/associate profs etc. Nearly all of these job applications required letters of reference (usually just two, sometimes three). Now, recently I asked, politely... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A reader writes in: Some years back you wrote a post in which you responded to Thom Brooks' publishing advice for graduate students. Here's what you said about publishing replies: After discussing book reviews, Brooks talks about "replies" -- 2,000-word or so responses to articles/arguments published elsewhere. I entirely agree... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A few weeks ago in the comments section of my post on tenure requirements, a reader wrote: How did those of you who are on the tenure track or have tenure deal with the stress of long hours (seriously long hours), teaching prep, service, and research demands - especially in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Seeing that the job-market discussion thread turned into an all-purpose job market discussion, I figured it might be good to have a separate thread for job-market reporting (i.e. reporting interviews, flyouts, offers, hires, and so on). This is that thread. From here on out, please visit the other thread for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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More than 5 years ago, I wrote my first post on the Cocoon. It was the first of several posts addressing issues concerning work-life balance in academia. Given that the last entry in the series was close to 2 years ago, readers might have thought it was over. Nope. That... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An interesting question just arose in the comments section of our job-market discussion thread. Tenured wrote, "The killer for most people's application is their letter of application...People put very odd things in the letters. They go on and on about their research and nothing else...and often quite silly emotional things."... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
After many years of debate, this new article by Alexandru Volacu finally gets the distinction between ideal and nonideal theory (and how to do both properly) exactly right. If you do social and political philosophy, do check it out! Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A quick query for you all: who are the best American philosophers working on free speech and academic freedom today? Thanks! Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A couple of weeks ago, I posted on how tenure requirements and decisionmaking can differ by institution. In the comments section there earlier today, 'recent grad' requested that I survey readers about some other respects in which jobs at different institutions can differ: Could you create a poll or a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Each year, some of our readers request a thread to commiserate about the job-market: a place to share news about interviews, questions about particular jobs, and so on. Here's a thread for this year's market. Feel free to share away! (Note: I've included a permalink on the Cocoon's right side-bar... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Earlier this evening, I accompanied my spouse, a PhD candidate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, to the reception at her discipline's major regional conference (akin to our Eastern APA). As I was chatting with her advisor, he mentioned the previous day at the conference. I was a bit surprised, as my spouse... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The final suggestion I offered in the previous post in this series was that graduate students should not expect to be overjoyed when their dissertation is finished, but I said nothing about what graduate students can expect after they’ve finished their dissertation. So what is post-dissertation life like? In the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon