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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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An early-career reader writes in: I’ve been wondering how one deals with post-publication anxiety. After my first publication, I felt a great deal of anxiety and dread: I couldn’t bear looking at my paper (knowing all the changes I wish I would have made) and it was easy for me... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Emily Thomas of the University of Durham. I recently published a popular book, The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad. Written partly as a travelogue, it explores philosophical issues around travel, from the Age of Discovery to the present day. I learned a few things... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
We (Ian Schnee and Paul Franco) are lecturers at the University of Washington, and we have organized a Teaching Philosophy Online series to be held over Zoom. Currently, we have two sessions planned. The first will be held this Thursday, March 26th, 12 - 1 EST (panelists and the link... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our job-market discussion thread, a reader asked: I was wondering about the ethics of accepting a TT job but then starting to apply for TT jobs again in the fall. This is a job where I suspect I will be unhappy for a few different reasons--no one to talk... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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It goes without saying that the COVID-19 crisis is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Ben writes: I've noticed that people sometimes omit to indicate that a publication was a discussion note/reply, on their CVs. This strikes me as at least slightly deceptive. Do readers share this impression? Impressive though an discussion piece in Mind or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A reader just asked: Do you know of any online academic (maybe only for philosophers, maybe not) mental health support groups for those of us that either don't have family in the area or are otherwise low in social contact? If there isn't a group like this, I'd be interested... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Given how challenging the coming days are likely to be for all of us, both personally and professionally, the Cocoon has tentative plans for a new series, Coping with COVID-19. The aim of this new series will be very simple: to support each other through this. Are there particular things... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, PhDsoon writes: I'll soon get my PhD and some of my senior coworkers have not found a postdoc yet, although they graduated quite a while ago. This raised the question, how long does it usually take between handing in your dissertation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Now that it's been nearly a month since our last "how can we help you?" thread--and now that we've entered a vastly new personal and professional reality with COVID-19--I thought it might be a good time for another thread. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, this is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Most of my recent posts on this blog have been about transitioning to online teaching, the job-market and other issues in the profession. It has been quite a while since I have talked actual philosophy. This little series will try to do some of the latter, and I hope readers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I was offered several temporary jobs, but for personal reasons I have decided to stay in my current institutions. Two of these were very good fellowships. Is it ok to put on my CV that I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A brief tour of an online business ethics course Successful online teaching requires a different set of skills than successful in-person teaching. Some of these skills are related to how a course is organized and how students interact with a course. Having your course shifted online means that you lose... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Practical Strategies for Facilitating Learning Online in the face of Pandemic By Adam J. Bowen, PhD Assistant Teaching Professor Dept. of Philosophy & Religious Studies Ball State University In the face of the imminent covid-19 pandemic, academics are being tasked with carrying out an unprecedented mass migration to online learning... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Some Suggestions for Switching Quickly to Online Teaching with Canvas Nicholaos Jones, Professor of Philosophy, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama I began teaching online four years ago. I have converted three courses into fully online formats. I offered my first online course during a summer semester, for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Some first principles for emergency online teaching Many of us are struggling to transition our courses from well-planned in-person offerings to online delivery in various states of panic. Perhaps we are worried because we have high expectations for our courses. Perhaps we have never taught online before and aren’t sure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This guest post by Jake Wright (University of Minnesota, Rochester) is the fourth post in our COVID-19 teaching transition series. I hope you all find it helpful! Performing Triage on Your Suddenly Online Class So you’ve just gotten an email from the chancellor/president/provost announcing that your courses are moving online... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I came across this helpful poster on social media yesterday. It sums up a lot of advice I have heard recently that seems right to me, and which I myself plan to adopt: Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest-post by Mary Beth Willard (Weber State University). Many thanks to her for putting it together!: Why Listen To Me: Free advice is worth what you pay for it, but I have been teaching online with success for about seven years now, and I know many philosophers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This post first appeared on Rebecca's blog on 12th March 2020. We're very grateful to her for allowing us to repost it. I’m absolutely serious. For my colleagues who are now being instructed to put some or all of the remainder of their semester online, now is a time to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader 'empathy') writes: I was on a search committee this year and I read a lot of cover letters. One not successful applications [sic] stood out to me. This applicant in many ways was strong: they had a strong post... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I had to do a campus interview with a teaching presentation. I've worked hard in my teaching to structurally make it possible to have a very good, dynamic, discussion based classes, but of course you can't do that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this, but this blog has made me irrationally fearful of backlash from people after it'll become public news that I got the job that I got. I've got... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I'm relatively new to peer-reviewed publishing. I recently received a desk rejection from Journal X. They said that my scholarship did not meet their scholarly standards because I did not cite people of color who work on my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I’m a PhD student in a long-term relationship with another PhD student. While the job market is difficult enough as it is, my two-body problem makes thinking about the job market much more complicated and uncertain. I’m aware... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon