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The Elephant in the Seminar Room: Should the PhD Be Saved? - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Graduate School Mess What Caused It and How We Can Fix It By Leonard Cassuto Published 09.14.2015 Harvard University Press 320 Pages"
book  review  education  phd  graduate-school  reform  academia  work  jobs 
may 2016 by tsuomela
#withaPhD | Twice-monthly Twitter chat
"#withaPhD started as a biweekly Twitter chat and hashtag for graduate students, academics, and anyone else who has or may wish to have PhD experience."
twitter  phd  graduate-school  graduate-student  chat 
march 2015 by tsuomela
The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
"Seven things I did during my first seven years at Harvard. Or, how I loved being a tenure-track faculty member, by deliberately trying not to be one. I decided that this is a 7-year postdoc. I stopped taking advice. I created a “feelgood” email folder. I work fixed hours and in fixed amounts. I try to be the best “whole” person I can. I found real friends. I have fun “now”."
phd  academia  career  tenure  advice  motivation 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Bib2x - The BiBTeX-Tool
"Bib2x allows the conversion of BibTeX bibliographies to any ASCII/UTF8-based file format (like XHTML, XML, RTF, ...) using templates. Bib2x allows filtering on a subset of bibliographic entries read from BibTeX databases."
latex  bibtex  writing  research  phd  computers  tool 
august 2013 by tsuomela
Late Afternoon of the (Academic) Elites | Easily Distracted
"So let’s take the one small corner of American life that’s at stake in the exchange between Bérubé and his commenter: the training, hiring, and continuing employment of faculty in higher education."
academia  work  meritocracy  jobs  phd  fairness 
april 2013 by tsuomela
Personal learning net(WORKS) « The Thesis Whisperer
"One of the key opportunities a PhD gives you is the chance to fine tune your own ability to learn
learning  personal-learning-environment  phd  education  work  labor  academic 
july 2012 by tsuomela
In praise of strategic complacency : home cooked theory
"Mentoring in the professional neoliberal workplace of is one of those classic words that can be used to invoke or simulate institutional benevolence when there is actually a waning of reciprocity in the employment relation. "
work  advice  school  phd  graduate-school  academia  mentor  jobs 
may 2012 by tsuomela
Research as a Second Language: The 40-Hour Challenge
"Since an article consists of about forty 40 paragraphs and you should be able to write a paragraph about something you know in about 30 minutes, you should be able to draft a journal article in around 20 hours."
writing  phd  graduate-school  practice  advice  habit 
april 2012 by tsuomela
What happens when you get more Ph.D.s?
"This study offers an important policy lesson. Training more Ph.D.s in some targeted areas might fail to improve research output in these areas. In this instance, supply-side economics fails. It might be preferable to create new research jobs instead and attract the Ph.D.s with better salaries."
phd  academia  work  jobs 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Surviving referees' reports
"Making revisions in response to referees' comments can be challenging and sometimes discouraging. A pragmatic step-by-step approach can help overcome barriers."
criticism  phd  research  publishing 
april 2012 by tsuomela
How To Talk To A Dean | The Professor Is In
"I would say that Deans tend to fall into three general patterns in terms of interactions with job candidates—the explanatory pattern, the budgetary pattern, and the intellectual pattern. These are not necessarily mutually exclusive."
teaching  academia  assessment  job  interview  phd 
april 2012 by tsuomela
What the Heck is “Assessment”? (A Guest Post) | The Professor Is In
"The first question in the phone interviews asked how I would assess a course. The second asked how I would incorporate assessment in curriculum development. I’m reproducing my responses below because I think that it would be helpful to blog readers to have a response ready should similar questions be asked of them."
teaching  academia  assessment  job  interview  phd 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Structure Strangeness: A crisis in higher education?
"So, let's take stock. Is there a crisis? Not in the usual definition of the word, no. But, there are serious issues that we should consider, and these tap deep into both the mission and purpose of higher education and its relationship to society as a whole." Annotated link
academia  crisis  phd  teaching  supply  education 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Hard Truths and a Heavy Heart for the Humanities « Ph.D. Octopus
"If we are going to be serious about helping the academic humanities survive into the 21st century, we need to make the dissertation (a little) less rigorous, but make graduate schools harder to get into, by cutting the number of slots, even of entire departments. That way, only the very best students (ideally) will pursue PhDs, but those who do will likely finish and may actually have tenure-track jobs awaiting them. The most committed and most talented students will get a greater proportion of the financial and faculty support universities can provide. Fewer students will be around to teach, but since there will be fewer programs, they will congregate around top faculty, creating very high level intellectual communities. Yes, it’s elitist and “meritocratic,” insofar as any of this is meritocratic and not purely subjective (another debate altogether). But I can’t think of any other good solution."
academia  humanities  phd  education  jobs  markets  work 
april 2012 by tsuomela
Doctoral Devotion – To Complete or Not Complete? « The Thesis Whisperer
"That’s why I have a large poster of James Franco up next to my computer
phd  grit  graduate-school  motivation 
march 2012 by tsuomela
News: 'No More Plan B' - Inside Higher Ed
"In this environment, Grafton and Grossman write that the idea of working outside academe needs to be basic to all discussions with graduate students, from the time they look at programs to their dissertation defenses. But history departments also need to consider "bigger" changes than just talking about options, and those changes, the statement argues, should include adjustments in the doctoral curriculum."
academia  work  jobs  humanities  history  phd  career 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Be Careful What You Wish For |
"So, all I’d say is, brutal self-honesty is not a bad thing. If you’re going to kill yourself trying because success means just that much to you, great. As long as you know exactly why you’re doing it — in your own words, I mean, and not the ones that come from your Chair, Dean, mom, or neighbor. Or even from me."
academia  advice  career  phd 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Key Scientific Challenges Program | Yahoo! Labs
"This is your chance to get an inside look at the big challenges Yahoo! research scientists are working on while driving your research forward. Learn more about the real-world problems facing our industry, then focus on and solve these fundamental challenges alongside the top minds in the field.

We invite PhD students working in each of our core research areas to review the challenges listed below and submit an application between January 24th - March 11th, 2011 to be considered for the Key Scientific Challenges Program. "
phd  fellowships  funding 
march 2011 by tsuomela
PhD production as a process of self-discovery – Chris Blattman
"In this world, each extra PhD raises the chances of one more brilliant, world-changing idea. While hardly comforting to the thousands who toil without job prospects, the collective benefits just might outweigh all the individual misery."
phd  graduate-school  education  academia 
january 2011 by tsuomela
PHD Comics: Unverifiably Interesting
"He is..the most interesting man in the world..your advisor."
humor  comic  phd  parody 
november 2010 by tsuomela
From CEOs to Opera Singers – How to Harness the “Superstar Effect”
The following is a guest post by Cal Newport, MIT Ph.D and all-around whiz on competing against the odds.

His discussion — and suggested uses — of the “superstar effect” and corollary are mirrored in what I tell first-time start-up founders:

Most of the time, it’s not enough to be better. You need to be different.
success  superstar  economics  phd  advice 
september 2010 by tsuomela
about - Heather Piwowar
My research passion is understanding the prevalence and patterns of research data sharing and reuse. I hope my work contributes to more efficient and effective research data reuse through improved incentives and mandates.
weblog-individual  research  open-science  data-curation  phd  people  project(Utenn) 
may 2010 by tsuomela
News: Reforming the Humanities Ph.D. - Inside Higher Ed
The right combination of money and policies can make real progress in reducing the time to degree for earning humanities doctorates, but the six-year humanities Ph.D. is probably not in the cards.

Those are among the key findings of one of the most ambitious efforts ever to reform the humanities Ph.D., as discussed in one of the most thorough (and frank) evaluations of such an effort. The reform effort was the Graduate Education Initiative of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which spent about $85 million over a 10-year period on both financial aid and other enhancements at 54 doctoral departments at 10 leading research universities. Extensive follow-up explored not only the reasons that students succeeded or failed, sped through (or what passes for speeding through in a humanities Ph.D.) or languished, but also what happened to them after they left -- with or without a Ph.D. in hand.
phd  education  graduate-school  humanities  academia  university  data  survey  degree  reform 
november 2009 by tsuomela
ScienceLinks2 | School of Information Sciences
Are you interested in improving how scientists create, access, share and preserve data? Do you want to understand how to facilitate the communication of science information between scientists, and across scientific networks including large multinational, multidisciplinary networks?
information-science  phd  graduate-school  academic-programs  funding 
september 2009 by tsuomela
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