Unemployed men queued outside a depression soup kitchen; the storefront sign reads "Free Soup Coffee & Doughnuts for the Unemployed."
EducationHigher Education

Inexhaustive List of Jobs not Received with a Humanities PhD

Inexhaustive List of Jobs not Received with a Humanities PhD from a “World Class” University Assistant Professor at a University (37) One-Year Visiting Professor at a University (6) Adjunct Lecturer at a University (4) Post-doctoral Researcher at a University (5) (6)* Acquisitions Editor for a University Press Associate Editor for a …

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Higher EducationScience

Are English-only PhDs in the Sciences a Problem?

Following the general rule of headlines-posed-as-questions, you can probably guess my answer already: probably not. That said, this recent cri du cœur (ha!) in Vitae deserves a bit more attention than just one sentence, so I’d like to flesh out that ‘probably not’ with a more thorough look at the principal questions raised …

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Required ReadingsUncategorized

Sagan Day, creationism in Scotland, guns on campus, and more: Required Readings 11.09.14

Happy Carl Sagan Day, which has developed into a time to pay special attention and homage to critical thinking, science communication, curiosity, and skepticism. In other words, all of the things we love at School of Doubt. Sagan would have turned 80 years old today. On Tuesday, November 11, the Scottish …

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Higher Education

Does Parnassus need a funicular?

Hey there Doubters! Remember me? No? What do you mean I’ve been conspicuously absent for months? Ah, well, you see, I’m in the final throes of completing my dissertation. Why yes, that puddle over there does indeed consist entirely of tears, and not the fun kind you harvest from children …

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Higher Education

Graduate Funding: No Easy Answers

On Friday Queereka’s Vince posted this article about the Duke Collective, a group of Duke University graduate students who have decided to pool their funding as a means to collectivize risk and help provide for international students unable to earn additional income by working off-campus. Vince raised a lot of …

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Higher Education

Surprise! Academia is not the same as hockey.

Dear Paige Ambroziak, Academia is not the same as hockey. Love, Dan   PS. For the benefit of SoD readers, I will expand on this seemingly obvious idea and try to provide a nuanced argument that doesn’t rely on superficial analogies. You can read it too, if you want.   …

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