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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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In my previous two posts in this series, I presented what I take to be some common mistakes in teaching and research statements. I hope some more search-committee members weigh in, so that job-marketeers can hear other perspectives. But in any case, in today's post I'd like to discuss some... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Yesterday, this Google Scholar report on h5-index statistics of philosophy journals started going around my social media feed, and a few questions occurred to me: what, if anything, should we take statistics like these to indicate? Should they lead people who rank journals, or use journal rankings in hiring, tenure,... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Last week, we had a new thread in this series examining common mistakes in research-statements. In today's post, I'd like to discuss common mistakes in teaching statements. Then, in my next post, we will examine teaching portfolios more broadly. I will begin by sharing my sense of what some common... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, junior anon writes: The blog has talked extensively about how to write and achieve a contract for a monograph. I wanted to know what the process is like for getting a contract for a volume. How does one start the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our thread on prior credit toward tenure, 'Going Up Tenure Year' writes: Question re: going up in your tenure year. I am going to be doing that -- is there something particular that you put into your cover letters? I am on track to get tenure here and my... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
CALL FOR PAPERS: 81st ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOUTHWESTERN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY November 1-3, 2019 • Fort Worth, TX Host Institution: Texas Christian University Extended CFP Deadline: Friday, July 26, 2017 Conference URL: http://www.southwesternphilosophical.org Overview: Papers on any philosophical topic are welcome. All presented papers will be published in the Society’s... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Amanda writes: I have a friend with a BA from a Canadian institution, and MA in philosophy from a US institution, who, for compelling personal reasons, wants to do a PhD in Europe (non UK). They have US and EU... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Our recent discussions of cover letters and teaching statements got me thinking it might be a good idea to add a few threads to the Cocoon's Job-Market Boot Camp from several years ago. Although that series examined cover letters, teaching statements, teaching portfolios, research statements, CV's, writing samples, and letters... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Bernardo Vargas writes: I am recent graduate of an MA Phil. program in the US and I am looking at PhD programs in the UK. However, I am looking at distance-learning programs because of family circumstances such as the Uni.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Anon writes: I have a question about moving from a VAP to a TT-job. Is it possible, in your experience, to count the years you have been VAP in the tenure clock when you move to a TT-job? For instance,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Relocator writes: This job-market season, I accepted a tenure-track job at a large state teaching-focused university. I am coming right out of graduate school. I was very happy that part of the offer included relocation funding. But, the relocation funding... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "Ask a search-committee member" thread, Postdoc writes: I'd like to know how search committees read teaching statements. I'm familiar with the standard advice on teaching statements from The Professor is In (give concrete examples, don't be saccharine, keep it down to one page), but I am... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: After getting a rejection for very odd reasons, is it ever appropriate to write to an editor asking them to reconsider? I ask because I recently had a couple of rejections (different journals, different papers) that were very odd. In one case, the reviewer claimed I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Updated July 9, 2019. Readers may recall that Helen De Cruz and I have been running a Job-Market Mentoring Program for job-candidates the past several years. This was our third year running the program, and we were able to match 35 job-candidates with tenure-stream mentors. Although we will be getting... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "Ask a search-committee member" thread, Anon writes: Cover letters for me are to some extent the most mysterious part of the application, so much so that I think they shouldn't even be required. I have read here already that you can tell just by reading someone's cover... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I came across this illuminating post by a former journal editor yesterday, and was reminded of a disturbing discussion I happened across on social media a couple of weeks ago. In that discussion, a philosopher on social media began by sharing an interesting proposal: that journals should ask submitting authors... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "Ask a search-committee member", grymes writes: Here's something I'm curious about, looking back on the job market with at-least-closer-to-20/20 hindsight. My suspicion is that folks on the market (myself included) often commit the following fallacy: 'I'm competing against hundreds of well-qualified applicants for every job, therefore every... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: How much math and also what math should one learn, in order to do well (maybe even stand out) in the philosophy of math? I'm a philosophy PhD student who knows roughly the first three semesters of calculus for an undergraduate science or engineering major. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Several weeks ago, I shared some interesting findings that Jonathan Weisberg (Toronto) compiled on academic job-placement. Weisberg has since updated his findings, including the following figures: One thing that Weisberg didn't include in either of these figures is unranked programs. However, he did report findings for them, and the findings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "Ask a search-committee member" thread, Anon writes: Sorry if this has been answered before: should you list previous job talks (from campus visits) in your CV? My sense is that quite a few job-candidates do this, but every time I have seen it discussed, the consensus answer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our "Ask a search-committee member" thread, I posed the following query: ... I recently heard a job-marketeer [ask] on social media...whether candidates with significant citation counts (viz. Google Scholar) or download numbers (at Philpapers, SSRN, etc.) should put these things on their CV. I recall... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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