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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Amanda asks: If you have a TT job and are thinking of applying to fellowships and such (things where you get extra money to do research but are not looking to move jobs), is it typical to have letters of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, postdoc writes: I like the idea of publishing my research in open access venues, since I find the for profit journal industry contrary to the academic ideal. My solution is to try to at least aim... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader asked if we could have a thread on work-life balance during the PhD. I'm probably not the best person to give tips here. On the contrary, I'd probably benefit from such a discussion as much... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, '1st time on the market' writes: Does anybody have examples of folks who teach philosophy full-time at a community college and still manage to publish decent work? I plan to receive a PhD this spring from an unranked program and have... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Jeremy writes: Something I've been wondering about: Do you think there is any benefit to taking videos of, e.g., lectures, talks/presentations, etc. and sharing them in one's portfolio in the relevant place? The advantage, I would think,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Number Three asks: At what point should I stop asking dissertation committee members for letters of recommendation? Two years post-PhD? Four? More? I will be curious to hear what other people think. However, my own thoughts (based... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In an email query this weekend, a reader asked: "Teaching schools" (whatever vague and ill-defined collection of institutions that picks out) claim to value teaching. So one would think that applications at teaching schools would be evaluated along broadly the following lines: (1) Will this person stick (e.g. Can this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
As I'm sure most of the blog's readers know, I've advocated for dramatic changes to our peer-review system--ones I've argued would be likely to benefits authors, reviewers, editors, and the profession. While some surprising changes in policies by European funding agencies might push things in the direction I've advocated (though... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Now that the academic year and job market are in full swing, I thought now might be a good time for another monthly 'how can we help you?' post. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I've written a number of times on how there are multiple academic job-markets, not just one. As a quick rough first pass, there is a research job-market and a teaching job-market--and hiring committees in each market look for different things. A few of my experiences have led me to believe... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader wrote in by email: I'm not long out of graduate school, and now I've got to get some publications under my belt. I'm okay with diligence, but now that I'm not working on the dissertation and don't have a committee steering me with a moderately heavy hand, I'm... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I have a problem with patience in publishing. Or maybe I don't. I'm not sure. Let me explain what I mean, and then invite you to share your thoughts and experiences. When I read this piece that I shared earlier today, it resonated with me--not because the story has any... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Rolf-Peter Horstmann (Humbolt University) shared this interesting story of a four-year publishing ordeal. A brief excerpt from the introduction: This is the story of the obstacles that a scholarly manuscript has to overcome before it eventually gets printed. It can confirm the impression, shared by many, that much in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Last week was my university's first week of classes, and today is the Labor Day, which means we have the day off. Given that I have a MWF teaching schedule, this is a nice stroke of luck, as the sudden change of workload from summer break last week hit me... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our job-market discussion thread, Anon writes: ...I am extremely stressed out about applying from my current TT position. Suppose someone is teaching a MWF schedule and lands multiple on-campus interviews. The faculty member will likely have to miss a number of teaching days. What is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Morgan Thompson writes: I'd be curious to hear advice about applying for dissertation fellowships, especially how to pitch one's dissertation proposal/summary to both philosophers and non-philosophers. Good query! I'm probably not the best person to ask... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Asia Ferrin (American University) has an informative post at Diverse Issues in Higher Education entitled, 'Getting to the Other Side: Surviving the PhD.' It contains some helpful info about what grad school is like, some of the challenges PhD students face, and some helpful tips for doing well. I would... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I've been arguing for changes to our system of peer-review for about six years now--specifically, in favor of the more "open" peer-review utilized in math and physics, where papers are posted to a public repository, discussed openly, and routinely cited even before being sent to journals. I've tried to catalog... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This song really needs to be listened to all the way through to be properly appreciated: More below the fold... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Today I am going to set aside the question of whether we should radically alter our system of peer-review, whether by having a more open system that fed into peer-reviewed journals, or by getting rid of peer-review entirely. Instead, I want to ask you all about journals that have great... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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There is an interesting discussion at Daily Nous regarding the importance of different kinds of teaching experience for the job-market. Readers may recall that the importance of teaching experience is something I discussed in the Cocoon's Secret Lives of Search Committees series. As I noted there, having served on several... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, anonymous writes: I have a small question but it is one that I know a lot of people face. When applying for jobs, is it always best to send exactly what the department asks for? Or is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest "how can we help you?" thread, anon writes: It emerged in discussions in recent-ish memory that some people have pretty short teaching dossiers. How are those structured? When I put together just all my course evaluations, from about 12 courses, I have about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
There has been quite a bit of discussion about problems with philosophy publishing. Marcus has had a number of very interesting posts on various problems or issues with the system (see, for example, here, here, here, and here), and he has been advocating for changes based upon practices in other... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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