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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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This is just a quick note that the Cocoon passed two million page views today. Many thanks to all of the blog's contributors and readers for making the Cocoon such a great place to blog and discuss early-career issues, issues in the profession, etc. If you're a reader and interested... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our job-market discussion thread, ED asks, "Is it reasonable to expect to hear about interview opportunities (positive or negative) before the holidays, from departments in the US advertising tt jobs with deadlines in October or November?" Good question. Our job-market reporting thread has been pretty dead so far this... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our, 'Ask a search-committee member' thread, Anon writes: Do search committees usually have a ranking in mind when they invite candidates for Skype interviews? How can candidates best prepare for these things, particularly on short notice when one is balancing a heavy course load? Both... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our "Ask a search-committee member" thread, Recent PhD writes: I was wondering if any search committee members would be willing to share the kinds of questions one might encounter in an interview. In particular, are there any difficult questions that get asked that tend to throw off candidates? What... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our "Ask a search-committee member" thread, Anon writes, "Should candidates send follow of thank you notes after Skype interviews?" Ah, the perennial question! I'm curious to hear how other people who have served on search committees answer. But here are a few quick thoughts... While... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
After over 11 years of work on the project, I am happy to report that my article, 'Nonideal Justice as Nonideal Fairness', is now forthcoming in the Journal of the American Philosophical Association. The abstract: This article argues that diverse theorists have reasons to theorize about fairness in nonideal conditions,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our "Ask a search-committee member" thread, Mercado writes: (1) Should someone who is ABD apply to a tenure-track job and a postdoc that are in the same department? The worry here is that applying to both positions will cause the committee to undervalue your application.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: I'm in a low-ranked PhD program located in a geographical area surrounded by much larger, more highly ranked departments with lots of rockstar faculty in my AOS (metaphysics). I would really like--no--I would LOVE, when the time comes, to have them on my committee. I know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: When is a good time in the interviewing process to bring up spousal hires? My spouse is an academic in a different discipline. I’ve heard some people say that they’ve had remarkable success being upfront about their dual body problem— that is, early in the interview... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Lauren writes: I've been asked to give a colloquium talk at a different university for the first time (well, the first time in a department that isn't my own and where I am not a job candidate). If it matters,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our "Ask a search-committee member" thread, Tom writes: This question is for those folks who care to see ye olde `I want to be at your specific school because X' thing in the cover letter. Do you care where in the letter it happens? Should... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our "Ask a Search-Committee Member" thread, Anon writes: Suppose a candidate has a partner who is finishing their PhD and won't be on the market for a couple of years. Would knowing this about the candidate make you worry about whether they might become a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments sections of our 'Ask a search-committee member' thread, ED writes: Assuming all else equal, do search committees prefer an unpublished paper as a writing sample to a very recently published or forthcoming paper being used as a writing sample? Assuming so, and now assuming that one thing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our "Ask a search committee member", Postduck writes: How does it look to have pedagogical training from one's institution (e.g. teaching certificates, courses, etc.)? And is it worth doing more than one of these things? 'junior faculty' then added: Related to the previous comment (re:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Now that the job-market is in full-swing, and a lot of application deadlines are coming up on November 1st, I thought it might be good to have a thread for any last-minute questions job-candidates have for search committee members. Is there anything you are dying for the "inside scoop" on,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, 'junior faculty' writes: I am curious about strategies for illustrating 'research promise' (either in a cover letter or research statement). How do people try to communicate their future research ability? Here are some thoughts I have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, S writes: Would it be possible to have a post about how to write diversity statements[?] One recent ad says: "A diversity statement discussing your experience in working with students from many different backgrounds." Another says... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Pendaran Roberts (Warwick) writes in: I saw that one blog post about the student asking for help with their writing sample and another blog post about non-native English speakers. I was thinking that my skills and experience could be of service to people. Maybe you could share the below with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In the comments section of our job-market discussion thread, Dr. X writes [note: comment edited to preserve anonymity]: There should be a discussion of the types of misleading information to avoid putting on one's CV. An example that everyone should know by now to be deceitful: listing something under review... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, a reader writes: I recently graduated with a MA and applied to very few PhD programs during fall of 2017. I didn't get in any of them. I didn't expect to because I kind of had a feeling that my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: [My query] concerns publications in the English speaking press. An early career researcher needs to publish in English journals, which are almost the only journals internationally recognised. Nonetheless, a non-native speaker may encounter some linguistic barriers: first, the impossibility of paying someone to edit her writing;... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comment section of our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Amanda writes: I need to vent about something: I just got a journal rejection. The journal had 3 referees. All 3 recommended a revise and resubmit. Yet the editor straight out rejected it with no reasons.(at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A reader writes in: "what should a student or early career researcher do when someone with a permanent position and recognition steals some of her unpublished ideas (for example, ideas from her thesis) without literally plagiarizing them?" Great question. I've heard multiple stories of this happening to early-career people. In... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A reader writes in: I was just looking through your stats about 2017 job postings here. Very helpful! I'm wondering if you also have some longitudinal information about how the number of job ads has shifted over, say, the last five years or so. I'm guessing the number of advertised... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Matt McKeever (Assistant Editor, Inquiry) has an interesting post on Medium suggesting a simple reform to peer-review that he thinks might solve several problems. McKeever writes: Here are three [sic] problems with peer review: (1) It’s a (mild) hassle to submit a paper, requiring the navigation of (mostly) poorly designed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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