Tag Archives: graduate school

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Ph.D. Placement Project

3048559779_41ca84b562_mRegular readers of the Chronicle are surely familiar with the ongoing discussion about the merits of graduate education both generally and in the humanities more specifically. Whatever your position on the “Go!Don’t Go!” debate (note: two different links), one thing is clear: more information about where Ph.D.s end up would be very helpful both to potential candidates, employers, and the professoriate more generally.

In his most recent column, William Pannapacker threw down the gauntlet, so t…

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Mentoring is a Fantasy

A fantasy landscape with a castle, Loch Ness monster, flying beast, and more.Towards the end of grad school, I learned a key lesson about academia. I was discussing a draft of a dissertation chapter with my second reader. Although not my adviser, her work was critical for the arguments that I was building about psychological trauma and technology. Toward the end of the conversation, she said something to the effect of, “You know, this chapter could really use more Heidegger.” Inside, my heart sunk a bit. “Great,” I thought, “more to read. And from an author whose work I …

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Turning Up the Volume on Graduate Education Reform

Masumi will eat you[This is a guest post by Katina Rogers, senior research specialist with the Scholarly Communication Institute. You can find out more about Katina at her website or by following her on Twitter at @katinalynn.--@JBJ]

The final weeks of the year, always a time for reflection and renewal, are doubly so for humanities scholars because of the timing of the MLA and AHA annual conventions (and for some, the academic interviews and ensuing anxiety that accompany them). Recently, a number of conversations…

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Working Hours for Graduate Students

Horsehead NebulaOne thing any academic recognizes is the fact that there is always more work to be done. There’s always another article to read, another experiment to run, another set of data to code, or another archive to consult. And so this leads, reasonably enough, to some anxiety about just how much work one should be doing at any given moment.

Graduate students, especially newer ones, understandably need guidance in learning to recognize the norms and values of the academy. And so, a few weeks ago, an unn…

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Announcing GradHacker

[This is a guest post by Katy Meyers, a graduate student in the department of anthropology at Michigan State University. She also writes regularly on bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology news at her site<BonesDontLie.com>; you can follow her on Twitter: @bonesdonotlie. She is also the editor of <GradHacker.org>, which can be found on Twitter (@GradHacker) and on FaceBook.]

Let’s not sugar coat this, grad school is tough. Grad students are expected not only to ace their full course load, but…

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Dawn of the Grad: Rules for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse and Your First Year at Grad School

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[ This is a guest post by Katy Meyers, a graduate student in the department of anthropology at Michigan State University. She also writes regularly on bioarchaeology and mortuary archaeology news at her site www.bonesdontlie.com (Twitter: bonesdonotlie. -- @jbj]

I have been a first year grad student for the last three years. I’m not saying that this makes me an expert, but I have learned what it takes to survive (and excel) during your first year of graduate school.

Surprisingly, throughout the…