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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, Anon Grad Student writes: The question has two closely related parts: Should one be doing things in grad school -- e.g. taking Stats / Math / CS classes -- to lay the ground for non-academic options? And... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a reader ('Stuck, PhD) writes, I am feeling really, really stuck, and am unsure how to even begin to ask for help. All of the issues Amanda brought up in her recent post (http://philosopherscocoon.typepad.com/blog/2017/03/reader-query-on-professional-frustrations.html) present serious obstacles... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
It's been a while now since we had our last "how can we help you?" post, so I thought now might be a good time for another post. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously in the comments... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I came across Pea Soup's NDPR Discussion Series today, which features authors responding to book reviews, and am curious what readers think: should authors respond to book reviews? If so, when? If not, why not? As an author of a relatively new book myself, I confess to feeling a bit... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Last week, a reader by the name of 'Amanda' wrote into our most recent "How can we help you?" post with the following comment: Okay,so I want to begin by apologizing for what is going to be a very negative post. Marcus I know that in the past you have... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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At long last, I am happy to introduce the third entry in the Cocoon's Alt-Ac Workshop--our new series providing tips, information, and testimonials on how people with higher degrees in philosophy can effectively pursue careers outside of academia. Today's post is by Carl Baker, who is now a statistical researcher... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our recent post on unconventional interview tactics, Lauren wrote: I've been lucky to get a lot of advice from people who have recently hired and also those who have recently been on the job market, but all of it has been from people who have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An anonymous reader wrote in recently: If there is a slow period sometime in the not-too-distant future, it might be good to have a thread where current faculty give advice to people for the transition into and first six months or year of being an assistant professor. Although most new... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A couple days ago in the comments section of our "Interviews gone wrong" post, an anonymous reader shared an unconventional interview tactic: I don't have a terrible interview story, but I have a potentially controversial interview suggestion. I have gone into my interviews with questions about the faculty interviewing me... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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An anonymous reader writes in: As someone on the job market, I'm befuddled consistently by the amount hiring committees care about "whether this person will want to come here" or "whether they will be happy here". Actually, I'm more than befuddled by it: I think it's a very obviously wrongheaded... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 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: So I think it would be helpful/fun to have an "Interviews gone wrong" post where people share their stories of, well, interviews gone wrong. This might not only help people learn what to avoid,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "How can we help you?" post, a reader asks: Say I am (somewhat) in a (the?) closet and decide to publish something scholarly anonymously or pseudonymously. I don't mind my colleagues knowing, but I'd rather my mom didn't google me and find... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
There has been some good discussion recently on what we should do as philosophers in these politically turbulent times. I myself have increasingly felt--especially as a moral and political philosopher--as though I should get more involved in "public philosophy": publishing pieces in non-academic outlets for a broader audience. To that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
There has been an interesting discussion of recent philjobs appointments data in the comments section of our recent post on getting teaching experience in UK graduate programs. One thing that came up in the discussion is how many people are actually reporting their new appointments. As one anonymous commenter wrote,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Eleni Manis has kindly drawn my attention to her website, Phil Skills, which contains some helpful resources and interview testimonials for philosophers interested in non-academic careers. Along with Helen de Cruz's Doing Things with Philosophy, our own Alt-Ac Workshop, and APA's Beyond Academia Guide, it is nice to see the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "How can we help you?" post, a reader asks, "What are the do's and don'ts for negotiating a TT job offer/ contract at a teaching college/university?" Excellent question. As some of you may know, there was a widely publicized horror story a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "How can we help you?" post, a reader ('Amanda') writes: So this post comes in response to a number of conversations I've had with friends on the market, as well as various faculty members, as well as reading Allen Wood's job search... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "How can we help you post?", a reader asks: The following question will be relevant to people who are soon to decide about which graduate school to attend in the UK (but will also be relevant for US students currently at graduate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A few days ago in the comments section of our most recent "How can we help you?" post, an anonymous reader asked: How common is it to be suspicious of and resentful towards your institution's administration? I would love to take a job elsewhere, in part to spite them, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our latest "How can we help you?" post, 'UK grad student' writes in: I'm a graduate student now, but I was wondering what I can do to gain relevant teaching experience before I go on the job market in a couple of years. The problem... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is just a quick note that all Palgrave e-books (including this one) are available for only $14 (an 82% markdown) through February 21st (sale code here). Update: Palgrave's sale has been extended to February 28th. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a reader writes in: [H]ow long is typical to give a candidate to decide whether to accept a position? I was offered a one-year job which I would like to take if I do not get a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a reader writes, "A post taking up applying for dissertation fellowships would be helpful or even some pointers to good fellowship lists." Anyone with experience have any helpful tips? Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "How can we help you?" post, a reader wrote, "A post taking up how applying for Post-Docs importantly differs from applying for jobs would be helpful." [Note: the reader added, "I suggest [this query] as a "top 15" 4th year doctoral student who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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