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Marcus Arvan
Tampa, FL
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on the market: yes, always discuss your research in a cover letter. You just don’t want your letter to focus so overwhelmingly on research when applying to teaching focused institutions. Some people do this and look completely out of touch with the kind of job they are applying to!
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, Olivia writes: I am applying to PhD programs in Philosophy. Many require submitting a resume/cv. As someone just coming out of undergrad, I do not have the level of publications/academic achievements that I am seeing on current grad students or... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Pablo: I’m a bit flabbergasted by your comment. That seems to me to be about the nicest and most forthright email I have ever seen from a search chair. Also, what they are saying in the email is true. Sometimes search committees interview a batch of people or even hold flyouts and decide that none of the people they interviewed are suitable for the position. In that case, search committees can and will go back to the candidate pool and interview more people.
Last month, Trevor wrote a really illuminating post on his job-market experience last year. One of the many things that stood out to me was a conclusion he drew about interviews: Job interviews are bullshit. This is not a new observation, but it was reinforced throughout the year. I was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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I'm scheduled to serve on a panel on the rights of non-tenure-track faculty (i.e. adjuncts, non-TT lecturers, postdocs, visiting faculty, etc.), including how their rights can be better defended. More generally, now that I have tenure, I am interested in thinking more carefully about these issues and learning more about... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: What information can a cover letter provide that isn’t already provided by the other materials, the CV in particular? The latter lists AOSs, AOCs, publications, and past courses actually taught. If schools also require a research statement and/or a teaching statement (depending on how important research... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A reader writes in: When I was first on the market, I was told by my program’s placement director that I should never apply for a job if I didn’t fit the AOS, which I take to mean: if the AOS doesn’t appear as an AOS on my CV. More... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our most recent "how can we help you?" thread, ANON writes: When your applying for a job opening in your own department, is it assumed your going to say things in your cover letter that play on your knowledge of the department? Would it be stupid not to? Or,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
Yesterday I hosted a guest discussion that I hoped job-candidates would find helpful. Although some readers expressed that they did find it helpful, others expressed some serious concerns. Because this blog's mission is to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere, and my policy as moderator (as expressed in our mission... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Amanda asks: Can someone explain to me the basics of writing a letter of recommendation for a PhD applicant? How long? What do you spend time talking about? Do you make direct comparisons? Is there a big difference between writing one... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, DS asks: I realize this is an 'early career' site, but has anyone ever had to write a statement of 'leadership and administration philosophy' when applying for a chair position? I am interested in applying to such a position at another... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
A little while back, Helen asked me if I would be willing to write a post or find someone to write a guest post on how to be a good department chair. I thought it was a great idea—but naturally because I'm a chair, things have been really busy, so... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Anon #21 writes: How old is too old to be admitted to an elite philosophy PhD program? (the type capable of placing at least some students some of the time in tenure track positions at research universities) And, how can older... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A reader brings my attention to this relatively new organization, which looks to me on its face to be a great resource for early-career philosophers in Europe! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
An anonymous reader writes in: I am now in the the tenure process and one question that naturally arises is the value of certain kinds of publications. Since co-authored publications become more and more common in philosophy, the question arises how they count, esp. in the tenure procedure. There was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is a guest post by Mike Austin (Professor and Coordinator of Philosophy & Religious Studies, Eastern Kentucky University): I’ve always wanted to do something meaningful with my professional life (the lack of scare quotes around the term meaningful is intentional!). With all of the caveats and qualifications, being a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Anon writes: The deadlines for submitting PhD applications are approaching. Any advise for applying in 2019? Any recent shifts in how applications are evaluated? Being an international student, how much of that effect my chances positively or negatively? And how to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
This is the second in a two-part post by Sara Uckelman of the Department of Philosophy, Durham University. It first appeared on her blog, Diary of Doctor Logic. We're grateful to her for allowing us to repost it here. Last year I introduced a new third year elective logic module... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In my last major post, I gave the details on how a major depressive episode radically disrupted my academic year and ongoing job search, but I never specified how that search ended. The job search itself wasn’t the core topic of the post, and it wasn’t over when I first... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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This is the first in a two-part post by Sara Uckelman of the Department of Philosophy, Durham University. It first appeared on her blog, Diary of Doctor Logic. We're grateful to her for allowing us to repost it here. I am quite optimistic about the prospects for the students in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, anon writes: I received my PhD this spring. No pubs yet. Extracting papers from my dissertation has taken a long time. I'm well-positioned for 3 decent, but far-from-elite pubs over the next year. As for this year’s job market: at best,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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A guest post by Andy Fisher (University of Nottingham, UK) If you think that it is valuable and worthwhile to teach employability skills to undergraduate philosophy students – and you want to do it! - what should you do? This was the question that we set ourselves in the Nottingham... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, Anon writes: Nearly every single job ad I read says something like the following: "Please explain how your research, teaching, or service would/do contribute to a climate of diversity and inclusivity." Are there effective ways to do this without sounding too... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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Seeing as it has been well over a month since our last "how can we help you?" thread, I figured now may be a good time to run another one. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, this is a chance for you to post openly or anonymously in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon
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In the comments section of the teaching portfolio entry in our Job-Market Boot Camp, Grad Student Z writes: Thanks for this (and all the other) helpful posts. Do you think there is a reason to include unedited student comments as opposed to a selection of student comments along with a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2019 at The Philosophers' Cocoon