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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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I came across this very interesting interview yesterday with Aaron Kagan, who received his PhD in philosophy at Fordham and now works at Google. The interview not only covers his own path out of academia. Kagan also gives a ton of helpful tips on how to do so, including things... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Richard Yetter Chappell (University of Miami) is starting a really neat new series at his blog, Philosophy, et cetera. Here are the details: In a previous post, I summarized my published papers, with an eye to trying to answer the questions, "What makes your papers worth reading?" and "What insights... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our ongoing discussion of whether job-candidates should have professional websites, a reader ('designer') wrote: My issue is that people's webpages are often quite unprofessional. They often have a lot of nonsense on them. Some people, for example, post a lot of pictures of themselves milling about at conferences with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I recently have had a number of requests for a pdf of my dissertation. I defended in 2018 and am currently a postdoc. At the moment, I've polished and published a few sections of the dissertation; however, I'm... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" post, Anthony writes: Question: How does a graduate student find summer teaching opportunities? I would be happy to adjunct this summer at a community college. Context: I'm currently earning a masters degree in humanities. For it, I'll take a couple philosophy-related courses.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, Bram Vaasen writes: Do I need a personal website? I'm a currently a postdoc and I keep my PhilPeople profile up to date. I.e. recent CV, PDF:s of penultimate drafts and my thesis, a picture in which I look like a... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A reader writes in: There are jobs out there for philosophers that do not get advertised on Phil jobs. Here are two in applied political philosophy that came my way recently. Perhaps it is worth posting about these particular ones and about the general problem: where do we find jobs... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comment thread on my post on publishing advice for grad students and other early career people, a grad student writes: As a graduate student, I do appreciate the time and effort made to help us figure out how to best go about trying to publish papers. My biggest... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, Mary writes: Writing applications now, [currently a] post doc, second year on the market [applying for TT jobs]. I think I finally have a handle on how to address what hiring committees are looking for with one big exception: evidence of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I have two questions about the role of personal websites in the job application process. 1. What are some reasons search committee members might visit an applicant's webpage? I have a hidden, password-protected page on my website that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Eric Schwitzgebel (UC Riverside) published a post yesterday entitled, 'How to Publish a Journal Article in Philosophy: Advice for Graduate Students and New Assistant Professors.' While I think the post is very helpful in a variety of ways--particularly in terms of walking grad students through the whole publishing process--I'd like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In celebration of World Philosophy Day, Daily Nous shared a thread today from way back in 2014 asking readers to share why they went into philosophy. The comments are a lot of fun to read, but they led me to wonder: has being a professional philosopher met their hopes or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Several months ago, I shared some of the new teaching practices I experimented with this fall (my first ever time teaching in a hybrid in-person/online format). As I noted in that post, one thing that seemed to me to work very well has been having students record short Flipgrid video... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November, “how can we help you?” thread, a reader writes: How do professional philosophers deal with readings in their field that they find challenging, even too challenging to understand? As a student, I regularly come up against readings that I have trouble understanding. Does this happen to professionals... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Suppose that an R1 institution schedules a first-round Zoom interview with a job applicant. And suppose that between the moment the interview was scheduled and the interview itself, this applicant receives a request to contribute to a special... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is just a quick note that I made significant updates to the Philosophers in Industry directory, adding over 20 entries yesterday thanks to a helpful reader. Given how historically awful this year's academic job market is, my hope that the directory will help philosophers in need of work network... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Does anyone have strong feelings about listing "under review" manuscripts in a separate section of the CV? (That is, below the actual publications, of course.) On the one hand, it seems smart to let everyone know that one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: Going on two weeks post first round interview; committee said they'd be in touch by early November. I have heard nothing even after reaching out once to try and get an update. Is this unusual or are the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a new author writes: How many weeks does it take professional philosophers to write a paper ready for submission? Is it better to write an outline before drafting? I think as I read. So I write random paragraphs after reading to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
(Comments open now!) In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I have a question related to applying for jobs this year. It's my first time on the market. I've read a lot of articles and blog posts about the unspoken rules of academic searches and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
The other day, I saw a junior philosopher report getting what sounds like a great job at a think-tank. While I've noticed that a few think-tank jobs are posted at PhilJobs from time to time, I have to imagine there are more think-tank jobs out there that philosophers might be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, two readers wrote in with similar queries: If you haven't discussed this already, how to focus on abstract philosophical work that has no practical connection to the world whatsoever with so much happening politically and socially around the world? - Posted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Now that we're in the midst of the academic job season (a horrific one, I know), I thought it might be helpful to current and future job-candidates to try running a series soliciting from search-committee members an inside view on how their deliberations work. For example, how do search committee... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our November "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I am writing in response to the thread that got going earlier on diversity statements and their length. One respondent mentioned that all of their materials were just one page, and I'd like to hear from others if... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2020 at The Philosophers' Cocoon