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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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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 yesterday 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 yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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 2 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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It's been nearly a month since we've had a "how can we help you?" post, I thought now might be a good time for another post in the series. For those of you not familiar with the series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A new meta-analysis just appeared in the Journal of Moral Education on the neural correlates of moral judgment and moral sensitivity in parts of the brain associated with self-hood (full paper available here). Here are some of the key findings: The default mode network regions were commonly associated with moral... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I am pleased to announce this call-for-papers for the 5th Annual Philosophers' Cocoon Philosophy Conference, provisionally scheduled to be held at University of Tampa on October 14th-15th, 2017 (for an idea of what past years of the conference have been like see here)! As in the past, the Cocoon conference... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
by JG In the last installment of this very occasional series, I talked about learning outcomes in a big-picture, ‘what are they and what’s the point?’ kind of way. Today I want to look at the issue more concretely, using an example from some of my own courses to make... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent open job-market thread, a reader writes: Is it time to abandon hopes of getting any first-round interviews by now? It's hard to figure out what the timeframes are this year, there are both places I applied to in November/October who have not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader wrote in asking me the following question: [Y]ou got a job at a place where you'd hung around for quite a while. I imagine that all aspects of that felt different, and that much of the advice given to job hunters should be modified for that type of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The following is a companion piece to Part 3 of this series, Johnny Brennan's 'Having Children in Graduate School.' In today's post, a contributor who prefers to remain anonymous relates her experiences and tips regarding having children in graduate school as a woman. I hope you all find the post... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent 'How can we help you?' post, there were a few queries about how to answer the standard 'tell us a little about your research/teaching' questions. Amanda wrote: So I have been asked, "So tell us about your research..." I am never quite... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I am happy to introduce the first entry in the Cocoon's newest series: our Alt-Ac Workshop, which will consist in a series of guest-posts by philosophers who have transitioned successfully to jobs outside of academia. Each entry will focus on different tips: on interviewing, networking, and so on. Our first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our newest open job-market thread, a reader commenting under the handle 'Philosomom' writes: I am a new mother (my child is less than 6 months old) and on the market. Any advice about how to deal with planning on-campus visits? I would like to bring... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
By Marcus Arvan & Helen De Cruz Helen and I are happy to introduce the Cocoon’s newest series: our ‘Alt-Ac Workshop’, where guest-contributors with higher degrees in philosophy will provide concrete tips on how to transition effectively from academic philosophy to careers outside of the academy. Before I introduce our... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent 'How can we help you?' post, a couple of readers asked about what kinds of materials to bring on campus visits. 'Job Candidate' wrote: It would be great to know what candidates should prepare and bring to on-campus interviews. Is it expected... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of Johnny Brennan's entry in our Grad School Survival Guide, "Caring for a Newborn in Grad School", 'anon fem grad student' writes: I'd be very, very curious to know whether there are any female grad students for whom this post will be relevant. I've wracked my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
It has been about a month since our last "How can we help you?" post, so I figured now might be a good time for another one! For readers new to this series, this is a periodic opportunity to pose questions to our community on anything you could use some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is just a quick note that Palgrave has a 27% off sale on all books and e-books (including Rightness as Fairness) ending today! The sale code is NEW17EP. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our open job-market thread, a reader asks: I am preparing for a first round interview coming up soon, and I was wondering if people out there feel like sharing their experiences. In particular, did you ever get some 'weird' or unexpected question during interviews? Thanks!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
I had a conversation with a few early-career philosophers at the Eastern APA about conference Q&A etiquette, and we thought it might be fun and useful to dedicate a thread to the issue here at the Cocoon. Specifically, we thought it might be fun to develop a lighthearted taxonomy of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in, I have read The Philosophers' Cocoon and I've got some really good advice from there (for example about publishing). For my knowledge there is one topic that has not been discussed before: publishing before grad school. I was wondering if you or any other contributors have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at The Philosophers' Cocoon