Photo of three participants in the OregonDOT 2013 Diversity conference
Higher Education

The Diversity Catch-22

Applying for academic jobs is no small task, as many of you know, and for those of us on the market the process tends to come with a heaping helping of stress, anxiety, self-doubt, and frustration. In fact, the combination of vague instructions, huge amounts of required materials, and rather …

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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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Critical ThinkingHigher EducationPedagogy

Let’s think about Teaching Statements

I had a meeting with my advisor today, and after we finished filling out my annual progress report and discussed a plan of action for completing my dissertation, discussion turned to the academic job application process that I will be facing for the first time this fall. An important part …

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Higher EducationRequired Readings

RR: 7 April 2013, Special Topic: Should I Get a Ph.D.?

Should you get a Ph.D.? Should you encourage your undergraduate students to apply to graduate school? An article in Slate is currently drawing a lot of attention for its embittered treatment of humanities doctoral programs. As is so often the case with online articles, the comments following the piece are more …

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