26
Apr

Seven Concerns for Laura Schreibman, PhD

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Seven Queries for Laura Schreibman, PhD
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17
Apr

11 Techniques Employing Managers Aren’t Telling You

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12
Apr

Funds Is not Every thing, Proper?

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At least, that&rsquos what I&rsquom attempting to keep telling myself.

Cash and salaries in academia are hot topics appropriate now, as the AAUP just released its annual salary report. My institution has a couple of issues they can be proud of: a higher percentage of each complete-time and tenure-track faculty (more than 75% total-time, rather than the other way close to) and over 90% salary parity amongst male and female salaries. But, as the chart exhibits, we are &ldquofar under median&rdquo when it comes to salaries at all ranges.

But I was mainly struck by how higher the instructor salaries look to be. Did that include rewards? If not, how was it that the regular salary was so substantial, or rather, so much increased than my salary? I was under the impression that there weren&rsquot raises for instructors for merit or promotion, nor have salaries risen over at least the most current past. Does that imply that the base or commencing salary stayed stagnant when raises have been awarded? Or that there is, in reality, a tiered technique, even at the instructor degree?

I know that salaries are a hot topic on our campus, even just before the AAUP numbers had been released. Faculty and the administration are making an attempt to figure out how to pay faculty at a degree that is on par with comparable institutions, regardless of the cuts in the money we are receiving from the state. But I wonder the place instructors fit into the discussion. How are we rewarded for the perform that we do?

Because I perform for a public institution, all salaries are public, but that doesn&rsquot suggest that they are straightforward to find. Fortunately (or probably not), a single of my husband&rsquos colleagues showed us the place we could simply search a database of salaries at our institution (as well as other state universities). Turns out, I&rsquom the third-lowest paid faculty member at the university. I say this due to the fact I know that the support staff make even much less. Look for yourselves.

On the 1 hand, I can recognize as I am 1 of the most up-to-date hires but on the other, I was led to feel that we didn&rsquot get raises based mostly on seniority. My issues aren&rsquot with my colleagues or even my institution it&rsquos the lack of transparency on problems of salary, above-all, in higher education for these of us who are off the tenure-track. The Adjunct Project exhibits that there is a need for this type of fundamental information, but there also wants to be data on how raises are awarded, base salaries are made a decision, and whether or not there is any space for negotiation. Has encounter been taken into consideration? Degrees earned?

Instructors are in a odd place: on the one particular hand, we&rsquore supposed to be grateful that we&rsquore not adjuncts, thankful for rewards, and so on, etc, etc. But we also remain silent on how much we make, practically as however we feel that any incremental boost we get might be found and taken away. Numerous people worry that talking about salaries will breed resentment, but that&rsquos used to preserve us in the dark about what&rsquos going on, salary-wise, at our institutions. &nbsp

Right now, I&rsquom genuinely coming to terms with the truth that I work too. Damn. Hard.

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04
Apr

Your Leaving Academia Questions About Phd Importance

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Charles asks…

should i do phd in chemical engineering ? what is importance of phd in chemical engineering ?

which engineering is better chemical engineering or mechanical engineering . i want to do some research from my side too help pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Blogger answers:

Both are very general engineering degrees. You should figure out what you want to specialize in first, and then decide whether chemical or mechanical engineering fits better. Chemical Engineering is more science-based at a more molecular or micro-level whereas Mechanical Engineering is more macro. What do you want to research? Your research IS your pH D, so figure out what you want to specialize in first.

Also, I think most mechanical engineers get a Masters degree whereas most chemical engineers get a pH D. I’m guessing that this is because most mechanical engineers want to work in an industry or company rather than conduct research. From my experience, most universities do not even accept Chemical Engineers who pursue a M.S; it’s either just B.S. Or pH D. A B.S. Is probably enough education for Chemical Engineers to work in the industry, making a Masters useless.

If you want your main focus is research, then I suggest that you go for a ph D in Chemical Engineering, because there are more research opportunities. Again, it really depends on what you want to research and specialize in.

David asks…

is it easy for getting the PHD in microbiology? or difficult? what is the importance of that?

Blogger answers:

Any real Ph.D program will be difficult. The whole intent is to make you have a scholarly contribution to the field, which is never easy.

Chris asks…

Taking care of myself takes so much time and effort, I don’t know how/when to work on my phd?

I am fourth year phd student and very self-consicious person by nature.
I don’t have a carefree nature so I give importance to each and every aspect of life and in doing so I feel I am not able to concentrate on my actual research at all. Please give your comments on my problem. I’ll highly appreciate any sort of feedback

Blogger answers:

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Donald asks…

Is GMAT important for PhD?

I am currently an MBA student with hopes of continuing into a PhD program in a private university. My GMAT scores to get into the MBA program of a state university were fine and I got into the program with no problems at all. However, I am interested in attending a private university (non-ivy league) for my PhD next year.

I have a fair amount of professional experience and currently hold and Academic Position at my University, but I am scared that my average GMAT scores will come back to bite me.

Any thoughts on the matter? Anyone with experience on the importance of GMAT scores for PhD programs?

Thanks

Blogger answers:

PhD programs usually require the GRE, not the GMAT. Some programs don’t require the GRE or may make an exception for you.

Nancy asks…

Question about PhD and MD?

Okay, so I’m in my first semester of college (currently at a two year junior college) and I’m going to be a doctor. However, I’m not entirely sure on the process. Will I be getting a PhD, an MD, or both? What is the importance of each and when would I attain either? As I stated in a previous question, I am completely and utterly lost in this wonderfully scary world of college. Any and all information would be much appreciated (remember, I’m going to be a doctor). Thank you in advance!

Blogger answers:

If you want to be a medical doctor, you want an MD. If you want to be a research scientist, you want a PhD. Both require you get a bachelors degree (4-year college degree) before applying to the program. The MD is an additional 4 years, plus at least 3 more of residency. The PhD is an additional 4-8 years. An MD lets you treat patients, a PhD lets you do research and/or teach at the college level.

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24
Mar

Your Leaving Academia Questions About Should I Get A Phd In Psychology

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James asks…

Is it worth getting a PhD in School Psychology or should I just get my Master’s in School Psychology?

I know I want to be a school psychologist. But whether or not I should get my Master’s or a PhD remains to be seen. Are there any big differences in the two degrees regarding the profession?

Blogger answers:

A PhD is a research degree; the only reason you’d get that is if you want to do research and publish papers about school psychology or if you want to teach it at the university level. If you just want to work as a school psychologist, stick with a masters degree.

Susan asks…

If I want to practice psychology, should I get my PsyD or PhD?

I‘m pretty sure there is a thread for this but can’t seem to find one! Anyways, I want to be able to practice psychology, possibly clinical. Research is something that does not appeal to me and I would like to be able to gain practical experience that I can use when working. I have heard that PsyDs are less funded than PhDs. Does anyone have experience in these fields that can give me a thorough answer?

Blogger answers:

I am graduating with my BS in psychology this spring and will be attending a clinical psychology Psy.D program in the fall. I, too, am not too crazy about research and definitely prefer the clinical aspect of psychology more so. Psy.D programs are newer than Ph.D’s and do have less funding, which is unfortunate. However, I do not see anything wrong with going for a Psy.D over a Ph.D. There are a number of prestigious well-recognized Psy.D programs out there. While Psy.D programs do involve research they have a much larger focus on the clinical aspect than Ph.D programs do. I think you should definitely go for your Psy.D if you truly want to focus more heavily on clinical practice than research.

Mary asks…

what area of psychology should i study in college?

okay, so i am a recent high school graduate and i plan to get my PhD in psychology and become a family/children/marriage councelor/therapist.
but i am unsure what field of psychology i need to major and study in.

please help.

Blogger answers:

Major in psychology. Also think about volunteering at a crisis hotline or someplace that will give you experience counseling. Most programs look for a person to have about 1 year of experience in human services (work or volunteer.)

Mark asks…

Okay, I am a college student and I am pursuing a degree in psychology. What should I major and minor in?

I want to work primarily with teens because I feel they are a group that really needs help. I just want to help young people be the best they can be. I also would like to have kmy own practice eventually. Can anybody help me figure out exactly what I should major or minor in or if I should get a PhD or double major and what not. Thank you!… O ya i would also like to work with young athletes seeing as that I have always been involved in athletics

Blogger answers:

You must major in psychology to go on to grad school in psychology. You’d need a masters (6 years total) to be a counselor and a PhD or PsyD (8-12 years) to be a psychologist.

Donna asks…

What field of psychology should I get a degree in?

I am currently getting a BS in special education and am looking at grad schools. I plan on getting a masters in ABA, because I mainly want to work with autism. I want to get a PhD, but I‘m not sure which branch of psychology I should get the degree in. I would like to be a therapist, counselor, or consultant working with autistic people, but I‘m not sure which branch of the field I should focus on.

Blogger answers:

Clinical psychology. That’s the field that encompasses Autism. Also if you want to work primarily in schools, school psychology or combined school-child clinical degrees are options too.

Also, the PhD is primarily a research degree. So the programs will be more research orienated and unless you have substantial research experience, the decent ones will be nearly impossible for you to get to. You probably want a PsyD, which is a Doctor of Psychology degree. That’s almost entirely clinically oriented.

Social work also encompasses those careers as well. There are social work programs that lead to a Doctor of Social Work degree.

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21
Apr

MOOCs, Machines, and Music

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Remember how I said that we really should take “clapping for credit” classes a lot more seriously (and a lot more usually)? Coursera (which Audrey Watters alluded to here on IHE but examines far more fully here) is supplying a MOOC in Listening to World Music. And Science Fiction and Fantasy! There is a complete list of intriguing classes getting provided. I’m drawn to the humanities offerings (I admittedly require to brush up on my Greek mythology, and I am a sucker for SF), but if I am trying to enhance the digital side of my DH academic identity, the computer system science courses may well be the way to go.

Since, as Audrey says, I have so considerably cost-free time on my hands.

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Machine grading. There has been very a lot of discussion about this lately. I’ve been following the discussion on the WPA listserv, and added to the conversation by sending out Mark Bousquet’s piece outlining how robot grading is a logical conclusion to the drive to automate education. It’s a longer piece, but it’s really instructive and an important wake-up contact. I was astounded by the response I received, if only due to the fact a lot more and much more on the web/digital “services” for college students are fundamentally quote mining to make the investigation and writing process much more efficient.

As one response put it, we are the Ctrl (or Apple) +F generation. I wonder, though, how a lot (once yet again) the way larger education is set up truly can make us as complicit in this shift. In a publish or perish surroundings wherever quantity typically outweighs quality, how considerably do we really read, believe deeply, and genuinely realize all of these secondary sources we are necessary in numerous instances to include in any of our perform. I bear in mind for my qualifying examination in Globe Literature, we all received the comment, “superficial” on our solutions from one particular of the professors (who, notably, didn’t educate any classes in the program since of various program releases for investigation). My response was, what did you anticipate when you attempt to teach us ALL of world literature in two semesters, then ask us to research for 4 more months, then give us two hrs to hand-compose our solutions to two questions?

It’s remarkable to me that the two (politically) opposite Mark’s more than at the Brainstorm blog site (Bousquet and Bauerline) look to be coming down on the very same side of an issue. Bauerline talks about speed and how we publish also much, which fits in with the ideas Bousquet puts forward concerning the industrialization of education (and analysis). We are a Ctrl+F generation of academics simply because that’s what we have been told to become. Is it any wonder that we teach our students the exact same habits.

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This week’s chat talked about ecocomposition and sustainable composition. I wonder if college students don’t see deep thinking and analysis/near reading through as sustainable offered their chaotic lives and the speed at which the globe moves these days. Productivity is key. And I know that they are more interested in breadth, not depth. I’m not saying they’re appropriate. I’m just saying that it’s an uphill battle, not only simply because of our students’ attitudes, but also due to the fact of the messages that we ourselves and the institutions are sending the students. For numerous of my college students, between working to assist shell out for school, taking care of family members, and having a daily life, there isn’t significantly time for deep pondering and shut, slow reading through.

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Oh, by the way, the folks above at Coursera apparently are making an attempt to move AWAY from robot graders. Go figure. There’s more to creating and understanding than an algorythm? Radical notion.

———–

This is late since I took the children to see the Imagination Movers in concert in Cincinnati. There have been tons and lots of families with each mothers and fathers there at a four PM show, and I doubt really much they have been all academic couples taking benefit of the flexibility academia offers. Looks like folks get to consider afternoons off in the “real planet” as nicely.

I’m not positive who was a lot more excited about the display, me or the young children. We also got to go to an smaller sized immediately after-celebration with the band. I hugely advise checking these guys out if you have kids under about the age of eight. Their music is great (and not just tolerable) they use rock, ska, New Wave, and punk influences in their music, and the lyrics variety from goofy to downright poignant. I also value the truth that they never talk down to kids, nor do they try out to dumb-down their music. They are genuinely wonderful guys from New Orleans who started producing music for their youngsters and grew to become (fairly) renowned. They asked us to spread the word about them.

Contemplate it spread.

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14
Apr

Your Leaving Academia Questions About Why Phd In Computer Science

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Laura asks…

Which is a better background for neuroscience? Math or Computer science?

I am an undergraduate student, majoring in behavioural neuroscience.
When I finish my BSc. I am planning to do an MD/PhD and get into neuroscience research.

Right now, I am also interested in doing a minor either in math OR computer science.
So which one would be better to combine with neuroscience? Math or Computer science and why?

Thanks in advance.

Blogger answers:

Why not do both? I have a computer science degree with minors in math and philosophy, and in my opinion both minors contributed significantly to my understanding of computer science.

In your case, it seems to me that a math minor would be useful primarily for the statistical aspects, as a significant part of the work in any behavioral science (and any other science for that matter) is the analysis and correlation of data. However, computer science expertise would give you a better understanding of how to model accurate simulations and what-if scenarios for the purpose of forming hypotheses that you could then verify or refute by experiment.

If you only have time in your schedule to get one or the other, I’m not sure which I would choose if I were you. If you already have a thorough understanding of statistics, then probably computer science.

Maria asks…

Why do I see inventors with a phd or masters degree progressing in other fields other than their own?

Why do I see people that have a degree in a specific field such as computer science developing cars, radios and other stuff complete outside their field of endeavour. I know that some stuff intracorrelates with each other, but some inventions and ideas are just remarkable for those individuals.

Blogger answers:

Let us remember the origin of the Ph.D. It was created in the German university system in the 19th century from a realization that scientific knowledge was progressing very quickly. So quickly that just teaching students what was known was inadequate as that knowledge would be obsolete by the time it was learned. So instead, students would be taught an exact methodology of discovery, how to do research, how to find out new things. That is never obsolete. Thus, people trained that way are good at making discoveries.

That help?

Jenny asks…

Which of these PhD’s offers the most job opportunity and why?

Ph.D in Engineering, Computer Science, Software, Mathematics, Physics or relevant technical field.

I placed relevant technical field if you want to suggest some other path.

My bachelor is computer science, but I am considering physics and working with energy.

Blogger answers:

Of those, physics or math – useful in industry and government. Engineering and computer science bachelors degrees pay more than a PhD in most fields, including most jobs in physics and math, but not a lot more with a PhD. PhDs in those fields are pretty useless unless you want to teach college, and that pays less than government or industry.

William asks…

Why don’t people buy Macs?

I’ve never understood why people insist on buying PCs. I’ve been using those for many years and I’ve just got my first Mac a year ago and have had no problems. No setup problems, no freezing, it was so easy. I can understand why some people like Windows because they might be computer nerds and like tinkering with all that stuff but most people don’t. They want to sit down and start doing stuff without having a PHD in computer science. That is what I get with my Mac. An easy to use computer that gives me no headaches.

Blogger answers:

I don’t know about the stores in your area, but in mine Mac’s are pricy as compared to a PC.

I wanted Macs for my business, but I couldn’t jusify the extra cost. If they would drop their price just a wee bit they’d get more business, at least from customers with requirements like mine.

Mary asks…

Why does Obama waste taxpayer money with phony investigations of Toyota electronics?

So Obama government did a multi-mullion dollar investigation of Toyota electronics for over 10 months. Lot of engineers, NASA workers, mathematicians, computer science phd‘s, systems engineers etc etc were used for the investigation. These group of engineers and scientists then charged the rate of $60 an hour for 40 hours a week, for 10 straight months only to conclude NOTHING is wrong in Toyota electronics. Instead of fixing Toyota, doesn’t Obama have other things to do? Toyota is private sector anyway. Why should government sector interfere in private sector?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110208/ap_on_re_us/us_toyota_recalls
toyota engineers and scientists are more sophisticated, advanced and expert than government engineers. Its like high school kid investigating a math major in university.

Blogger answers:

Because the government owns GM and is trying to knock off the competition.

Why did LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Reagan and Clinton give no bid contract to Haliburton?

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09
Apr

New deans lobbying chops could come in useful at Brooklyn Law

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New dean&#39s lobbying chops could come in handy at Brooklyn Law
Allard mentioned in an interview that he was attracted to the job in part since of the school&#39s curriculum, which emphasizes experiential studying and hand-on coaching. The college has struck the suitable balance among legal scholarship and professional …
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In Individual: Profession GPS
At one point, I seriously regarded as leaving academia and even went so far as to apply and interview for a non-academic task. The group forced me to question why I was thinking about leaving academia in the very first position. In the finish, I gave academia a single …
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Employers view a degree as granted when recruiting but appear for considerably much more
Employers now spot private attributes over the relevance of a degree among potential work candidates, a study of 2000 recruiters has shown. Aldi, which plans to recruit one hundred graduates throughout this year, carried out the study and found company …
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02
Apr

#dayofhighered Adjunct Hero – Keverlee Burchett

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In honor of #dayofhighered, I present our second Adjunct Hero, Keverlee Burchett. Ms. Burchett was straightforward to locate simply because she and I share an workplace, which has permitted me to witness her dedication and heroism first hand.

In addition to getting a tireless instructor of writing, Keverlee is a published poet, most just lately in the prestigious Southeast Assessment.

All Adjunct Hero nominations are welcome at [email protected]

– John Warner

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Title/Age/Academic degrees
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Keverlee Burchett / 28 / B.A. School of Charleston, M.F.A. Purdue University

Inform us exactly where you teach, what you educate, and how prolonged you&rsquove been teaching.

University of Charleston, 2008-Present, Introductory Composition

The Art Institute of Charleston, 2011-Present, University Skills (remedial writing), English 101 and 102, and quickly, apparently, Public Speaking

Burke Substantial School, 2008-Present, Poetry Writing, by means of a non-profit organization

Purdue University, 2005-2008, Introductory Composition and Intro Imaginative Writing (I count this, even even though I was in graduate school at the time, and so far better paid than I am now.)

Inform us the story how you wound up as an adjunct.

I completed graduate college in the spring of &rsquo08 and utilized to a bunch of jobs in the non-profit industry.&nbsp I am the worst type of idealist, the kind that imagines herself weighing infants in an open-air clinic or chaining herself to some object. I care about a lot of troubles, so I&rsquod applied for jobs all more than the board, but largely in the realm of sustainable agriculture, and specifically in non-profit, educational endeavors. I desired to perform with poor children. I wanted to feed poor youngsters. But I didn&rsquot get a single bite, and then graduate school was above, so I WWOOFed for a summer (this is a plan that puts &ldquowilling employees&rdquo to perform on organic farms in exchange for space (in my case, a repurposed chicken shack) and board. Then, when the summer time was more than and I was in a panic, I returned to my hometown and scored some sections at my alma mater, and filled in the gaps with nannying for a former professor and teaching poetry at an internal-city high college.

What role do adjuncts play at your specific institution?

I&rsquom not confident how to answer this question. When I initial returned to the College of Charleston, there were of a great deal of adjuncts in my division. Then, right after a semester or two, all the English adjuncts had been let go in one fell swoop. But the following semester I (and a handful of others) were back in the classroom&mdashI guess we couldn&rsquot entirely get rid of adjunct labor.

As an institution, I think we are making an attempt to depend less and significantly less on adjuncts, or to treat them better. At least, I consider this is the situation. There are committees and surveys about what we adjuncts would most like to boost about our lot.&nbsp I am not on these committees. I feel a minor guilty about not participating far more in the method of reforming the method that&rsquos trying to keep me down (and as a substitute, noting that some of my favored professors from undergrad are fighting the fight for me), but my constant (and possibly lame) excuse is that I teach 3 jobs and try out to run a Poets-in-the-Colleges plan, and time is finite.

At the Art Institute, a for-profit institution focusing on marketable arts, like vogue design and style and culinary arts, it would seem like adjuncts (who following a number of quarters are then categorized as &ldquopart time&rdquo workers, with no discernable benefits) are the preferred sort of labor, for evident causes.&nbsp The climate is very various at this institution. On the a single hand, we are manufactured to share cubicles rather than have our own, as the complete time workers do. But on the other, we&rsquore encouraged to participate a lot more in faculty goings-on, and we&rsquore necessary to attend faculty meetings (which I generally skip at the University, since I don&rsquot feel fairly as integrated that division) and produce ourselves as teachers, since, as I was told at a recent division meeting, &ldquoadjunct faculty are much less seasoned and a lot more in need of coaching.&rdquo This at an institution the place numerous of the instructors are effectively-educated in their art type, but with small or no education in education or pedagogy.

Give us a common day, or week, if you choose?
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Now that I&rsquom employed in only teaching, as opposed to teaching-and-nannying, or teaching-and-farming, scheduling is a great deal easier. A yr ago I would train in the mornings, then change out of grown-up garments, slather on sunscreen, go do manual labor for the rest of the day, and then return home, sun burnt, and attempt to reply student emails and grade papers.

Since I&rsquom now teaching at two institutions, 1 on the semester program and 1 on the quarter program, I consider to preserve my schedule as easy as possible, teaching at 1 school on MWF and the other on TR. I tuck the large school into the gaps. My chair at University of Charleston has been exceptionally generous in scheduling me in extremely workable techniques, even enabling me to select my own schedule last semester, with the expertise that I have two departments to work with. At the Art Institute, I tend to train evening courses, so that means Tuesdays and Thursdays are big catch-up days for grading and then I&rsquoll go in to teach from six-eight, or 5-9.

What&rsquos the most rewarding part about teaching? Or, considering of it an additional way, what keeps you coming back?

There are a few factors I adore the most about teaching, but what keeps me coming back is that it feels like I&rsquom performing one thing valuable for the planet. Not all of the time. Significantly of the time it feels like I&rsquom working on a treadmill. But the little moments, like when college students say &ldquoI can&rsquot go see X any far more with out thinking of Y, given that I took your class,&rdquo go a lengthy way.

Also, I like the reality that teaching permits me to preserve studying. I&rsquom consistently understanding from my students, colleagues, from experiences I have in the university neighborhood. I&rsquom possibly one of these perpetual college students at heart. I feel like I could go to school forever. Since I can&rsquot, teaching is the up coming very best thing.

What are your biggest frustrations in your job?

Besides the amount of grading that I do, which is significantly exacerbated by the time and thought I put into grading each paper (a dilemma I&rsquom attempting to function on), I&rsquod say my biggest aggravation is that I don&rsquot get to stick to my college students by means of their education. Since I only train 1st-year writing at the School, I in no way have students again, so I don&rsquot get to see how they progress more than the course of their school careers, or how my class impacted them (or didn&rsquot) beyond their freshman yr.

At the Art Institute, I do have students for several courses, but the progress is much less noticeable there, mainly because a) we educate for 10 week quarters, and I question how a lot of the writing method can genuinely be taught in, say, 10 4-hour courses, and b) however a minority of intro writing college students at any college actually want to increase their writing, the impetus to understand at this institution in this class is far lower than anywhere else I&rsquove noticed. I am a hoop to be crawled through so that college students can get into the kitchen or studio.

Inform us your dream task (inside of cause, of program), quantity of sections, what you&rsquore teaching, and how considerably you&rsquore paid.

I seriously can not reply this question. This is possibly a contributing element to why I&rsquom an adjunct. Every single year I apply to items, and, as I mentioned prior to, they fluctuate wildly. I have lots of dreams. I embrace them all completely.&nbsp The only thing they all have in common is that they supply me wellbeing positive aspects.

What&rsquos the strategy to get to that destination? (Or elsewhere?)

Having been through a latest deluge of rejections, I am in the brainstorming phase of the new plan. Till then, I consider factors one particular semester at a time, because that is the length of my contract.

John Warner doesn&rsquot tweet all that usually, but when he does, it&rsquos from @biblioracle.

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23
Mar

Post-Academic Job Search

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Most PhD students likely assume they are training for a career as a university professor, but there are many alternative career choices for historians. Whatever your field of specialization, employers in a wide range of sectors want someone with your special set of skills. However, many graduate students and scholars don’t know how to make the transition to a “postacademic” career. All too often, they are paralyzed by difficult questions. Will the academy be forever closed to me if I take up a post-academic position? What will my peers and advisors think? Does leaving the ivory tower mean I am a failure? Were all those years in school wasted?

Answering these questions is all part of the process of making a career change. This chapter provides some step-by-step strategies for exploring career possibilities beyond the professoriate. Whether you have an MA, ABD (All But Dissertation), or PhD, you were smart enough to get into academia and you’re smart enough to find a way out.

Fear #1: “But what else can I do with my life?”

You may have never really seen yourself being anything other than a history professor. Envisioning alternative careers can thus feel daunting and  disheartening. But once you get started, it can be fun to explore the career alternatives that do exist for students and scholars with a history background. Former scholars who’ve come from the social sciences and humanities have gone on to successful and satisfying careers in areas as diverse as broadcasting, union organizing, school-teaching, non-profit research, fashion, life coaching, and consulting. Post-academics differ from other career changers in a few significant ways, but they can begin formulating their career-change plans using the same basic strategies. Attack the crafting of your post-academic career as you would a research project. Start by consulting up-to-date career planning resources for the best advice on making a career change and how to conduct a job
search. You can find many of those resources right on campus at the career counseling centre. You’ll learn that networking, for example, is a strategy that never goes out of style and applies to all job seekers. Even as you’re trying to figure out what other lines of work might interest you, let everyone around know that you’ll soon to be on the job market. You may face some raised eyebrows and difficult questions, but remember, there is no need to apologize. You can prepare some replies; tell people in a polite but firm manner that “academia isn’t the right fit for me.” Or “I’m excited about pursuing my long-time interest in journalism.” Or “the academic job market has dried up and I’m assessing my other options.”

In some cases, you may be an unemployed contract instructor or a cash-starved graduate student looking for a short-term post-academic job, not a career. Your first post-academic job might not pay the bills while you research other careers. One of the best places to look for the stop-gap job is in the university sector, even at your alma mater. An administrative job in the dean’s office, graduate studies office or alumni office can pay well and allow you to work in a familiar environment. Other jobs that support the university sector can be found in the offices of major funding agencies (including SSHRC), academic recruitment firms, university presses, and so forth. This work can give you the time, money, and breathing space you need before devoting yourself to serious career planning- or you might decide this is where you would like to stay and  advance. Historians have found rewarding careers as writers and producers for the CBC, as public and private school teachers, as fundraisers and policy analysts in NGOs and social justice organizations, and so on.

Aside from networking, you can pursue other traditional job-search or career-planning techniques, including conducting information interviews, perusing job postings on the web, consulting a life coach, securing an internship, finding a head-hunter, and joining a job-search club. Another tip that applies to all career-planners is to focus on your passions. Many graduate students sacrifice their hobbies and interests in the name of dissertation research and writing, but returning to the things you loved may help you formulate your career plan. be your dream job, or even in your field of choice. It might be a transition job that helps you to formulate your career plan.

Fear #2: “All I know is nineteenth-century Norwegian textile production,” Or “I’m not qualified for any other job!”

Telling yourself that you’re under-qualified is perhaps the greatest mistake that potential academic-leavers tell themselves. Many academics think the only thing they’re good at is working on their narrow topic of specialization. But nothing could be further from the truth. You are armed with a wealth of skills – many that you had before you even set foot in graduate school – that qualify you for a range of jobs.

In some cases, your academic area of interest will parlay itself into your post-academic career, but this is actually seldom the case. Miuccia Prada, head of the Prada fashion house, has a PhD in political science. Working in fashion might require her to use her research skills, but she probably does not consult her methodology chapter when designing the new spring line. Canadian novelist Camilla Gibb’s PhD in social anthropology likely helps her bring fictional
characters to life, but it’s doubtful she frequently consults her dissertation’s bibliography. Debbie Stoller’s PhD in the psychology of women probably fuelled her desire to start Bust magazine and to write her line of Bitch N’ Stitch books, but she probably did not heavily consult her thesis for either enterprise.

In other words, your qualifications for a new career may not have anything to do with the actual topic of your doctoral research. What is usually more  important is that you can transfer skills cultivated in graduate school to the new job. On the post-academic job market, you will be judged not by academic standards – how much do you know about this topic? – but on how well you can do the job. Does this mean graduate school is a big waste of time? Absolutely not! At the very least, graduate school allows you to hone a wide range of skills, sometimes even without noticing it!

Fear #3: “Skills? I don’t have any skills!”

The fear that you have no skills for life outside the academy poses another huge barrier for potential academic-leavers. Thinking about your PhD in terms of transferable skills can be very difficult because graduate students are accustomed to thinking of their skills in terms of intellectual attributes or scholarly achievement. But you can shift your thinking by breaking down the steps you took as a student and scholar, and recognizing the skills that were required to
meet challenges and to progress through the stages. As a graduate student, you are engaged, essentially, as a professional researcher. You handle
huge chunks of information – uncovering it, analyzing it, synthesizing it, finding holes in it, speaking and writing about it, and so on. In the information economy, people who do exactly what you’ve spent years doing are in high demand. Not only do you have a wealth of experience in this regard, but it is second nature to you to the extent that you may not even regard your abilities as a set of skills!

Doing what the career-planning books call a “skills inventory” may seem an either daunting or dull exercise, but it is by far the most important thing you can do for yourself as an academic career changer. To secure a post-academic job, it’s imperative that you reframe your work experience in a way that employers can understand. By articulating all the skills you used in academia and beyond, you will help your potential employer to grasp just what it is you can do.
You’re also affirming for yourself just how talented and able you are. And as you consider what your transferable skills are, more and more career possibilities will bubble to the surface.

Take the example of teaching. Ask yourself, what exactly is involved in my weekly engagement with my students? It may feel like second nature to you but you are using countless skills when you teach. If your resume states, “Teaching Assistant, 3 Years, Introduction to History; Course Director, 1 Year, Eighteenth-Century European History,” you’re not telling your future employer very much. But if you think about the actual tasks performed, you might find skills like the
following:

  • facilitated large and small group discussions
  • provided oral and written feedback on a weekly basis
  • planned and delivered weekly presentations
  • conveyed complex information in a clear, accessible way
  • used a variety of audio-visual technologies to present information
  • developed and implemented grading and evaluation criteria
  • responded to student and course director feedback in a timely fashion
  • exercised resourcefulness without supervision
  • wrote documents tailored for specific audiences (e.g., student handouts)
  • set and met weekly, monthly, and yearly goals

This is only a partial and general list to help you start your own teaching skills inventory. Consider the other skills involved in teaching – those you use when attending a course director’s lecture, working with a TA team, reading the textbook, drawing up a lesson plan, grading papers and exams, meeting with students, and teaching students how to write an essay. You will end up with quite an extensive list of skills that are in high demand on today’s job market.

You also developed other practical and marketable skills in your academic life. For example, you didn’t only write a Master’s thesis, course papers, or a doctoral dissertation. You also managed large volumes of information, established a data-storage system (both electronic and hard copy), and edited manuscript copy. You were a creative thinker, you adapted and navigated your way around unanticipated barriers (of the intellectual variety), and saw projects through to completion. You worked independently but consulted others for their expertise. And don’t forget all those “soft skills” that a PhD helps you cultivate:

  • you are a master/mistress of time management and meeting deadlines
  • you have superior organizational skills
  • you learn things quickly and grasp complex ideas easily
  • you are disciplined, motivated, and a self-starter
  • you enjoy a challenge

Once you learn how to articulate your transferable skills, you will be able to explain in a job interview how well your background – graduate school and all – prepared you for the line of work described in the job ad. Thus, you might not have specific experience working in the notfor-profit sector, but your teaching skills demonstrate the creativity you used to communicate complex ideas, something that not-for-profit organizations need when consulting stakeholders
and the media. You might not have the background called for when applying for a job with that multi-national software producer, but your experience shows you’re a quick learner.

Fear #4: “But how can I turn my ten-page cv into a one-page resume?”

It can be an emotional, even demoralizing, process to “gut” one’s scholarly cv and convert it into a resume. But writing a skills-based resume (rather than a chronological one) that highlights those transferable skills you’ve worked hard to identify will demonstrate just how “hirable” you really are in a range of employment sectors. To find out more about crafting a solid, up-to-date resume, consult one of the many job resume books, websites, or writing services available.

Thorny issues will come up, so best to be prepared. For example, some ABDs wonder if they should mention the years spent in graduate school, or explain why they left without earning the PhD. If you’ve converted the time spent in graduate school into transferable skills, then by all means mention it. But you do not owe a potential employer an explanation for why you left without a doctorate.

The matter of references can be difficult, even for the most successful graduate student. Nonacademic employers will typically ask for names of people to whom you directly reported, which may – or may not – make your doctoral supervisor the best person to provide a reference. If you left academia largely or partly because of a difficult or destructive relationship with your supervisor, you will not want this reference. But do not despair; there are others you can ask.
Remember, you need referees who will speak to your ability to show up on time, grasp concepts quickly, stay focused on tasks and meet deadlines, rather than to the strength of your scholarship. If you don’t have recent non-academic experience, you can use faculty for whom you conducted research and with whom you established a good rapport. You can ask a course director for whom you TA’ed. You could even go back to professors from your BA days if you’re still in touch with them.

However, you should inform your references in advance that the job for which you are applying is not an academic one so that they can shift the standards of praise and evaluation – for example, from “she was in the top 10 percent of my class,” to “she always came to meetings on time and spoke in an informed and intelligent manner.” As with academic letters, it is always a good idea to ask potential referees if they will be able to provide a strong reference for you. If
you sense any hesitation, move on to someone else. If necessary, you might call upon a colleague with whom you edited a collection or worked on a journal. This is not a senior person to whom you reported but he or she can testify to your work ethic and organizational skills.

Here are some additional tips:

 

  • Whether you are consulting someone in an information interview or being interviewed yourself for a position, be gracious and say thank you. It will help get you remembered.
  • Be bold. You’ll distinguish yourself from the rest of the pack, prove how courageous you really are (especially to yourself) and affirm that you can take charge.
  • Be persistent. When you’ve applied for a job you’re really interested in and you don’t hear back right away, don’t be afraid to call. If you get turned down for your dream job, reject rejection; with persistence, you will land in the sector you want.
  • Consider self-employment. If you have a flair for writing, why not try freelancing? If your line of study is marketable, consider consulting.
  • While you might not need it, consider training in a totally different field. You might decide history is not for you and that your true passion is to become a social worker or an actor or a chef. Consider taking the plunge.

Making the transition from an academic to a post-academic career can be frightening. The process of transferring to a new and satisfying career can take one or two or even several years. You need to deal with the emotional and psychological issues as well as focus on the concrete work of re-tooling your career. The good news is that very few former academics regret leaving academia after re-establishing themselves in a line of work that rewards them for doing what they enjoy or love. Post-academics in new careers relish the guilt-free leisure time and the freedom from having to constantly turn to funding agencies and apply for research grants. Others earn salaries that are higher than that of an assistant professor. Still others cherish the opportunity to pursue a life-long passion. If you decide that you want or need to pursue a career outside that of university professor, a certain amount of planning, networking, self-reflection, and, yes, luck,
will help you to establish a new and rewarding career.

Sabine Hikel (Inside Higher Ed)