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 on: Today at 04:36:43 am 
Started by sikora - Last post by verstrickt
I'm reading that new(ish) biography of Alexander von Humboldt, The Invention of Nautre on buses and trains and other snatched bits of time during my Maymester teaching abroad. I think Wulf slightly exaggerates and overstates her claims about Humboldt at times, but it's impeccably researched and a great read.

 on: Today at 04:18:44 am 
Started by tijuanafina - Last post by tijuanafina
Thank you so much everyone.

This topic, it's always hot and always presented as panels or several-days worth of panels at every major conference.

Big names in it recently held a conference on it and had so many submissions they added a second conference. They still couldn't fit in 75% of the submissions.

But these types of topic specific conferences were like "one offs" and not anything with any sort of structure or lasting-ness.

I guess my end goal is to have a structure to my topic. One that has an open dialogue in terms of genre and timeframe.

One that meets with a more cohesive regularity rather than sub-grouping at major conferences or forming cliques (which has happened and resulted in clique-type publications).

I'm pretty sure everyone involved even the Ivy League big names would be on board.

It's like Dickens big-ness type of deal. But maybe even bigger due to its flexibility in terms of architecture, history, poli sci, literature and other genres.

 on: Today at 03:59:44 am 
Started by funkyacademic - Last post by betterslac
I'm not including one from my current institution in Foreignland in part because I want to keep my search confidential and partly because I'm not sure it would be helpful given the difference in customs.  But I'm beginning to wonder if that is the right call.

 on: Today at 03:40:15 am 
Started by tinyzombie - Last post by scampster
Update: the game was a total success! Though I'm not sure they (or I) have any intention of continuing.

They battled a gelatinous cube (agar from the media/plate facility) and then a rival scientist/sorcerer who was trying to curse their research and steal their results. They let him go after he gave a sob story about cuts in grant funding from the National Institutes of Healing.

Sounds great, greyscale!

 on: Today at 02:49:01 am 
Started by fiona - Last post by wet_blanket

I had a similar reaction. I don't think I would necessarily want to permanently leave my entire family and all of my friendships  for a career. I'd rather do a different career and remain in the US. I didn't spend 35 years building relationships here just to move 5000 miles away and start from scratch. But that's me, and I have a lot of colleagues who would gladly do just that. I would actually say I'm probably in the minority among those I know. I guess I don't "love" this career enough.

I don't think people like you with established 35 year careers were the target audience, nor is anyone suggesting that someone like you should consider leaving. I think the target audience was people just starting out after getting their PhDs, who are having trouble getting any kind of decent foothold in the academic job market.  And of course, as mouseman points out, implicitly the target audience is white straight men etc.

My bet is "35 years" refers to life experience, not career length, in this case.   I read Scout46 as indicating valuing current friends and family over having a specific career if the choice has to be made.

But it's not like crossing an international border magnifies difference. If one lives a couple hours drive from a non-hub west coast airport and one's family lives a couple of hours from a non-hub east coast airport, someone living in Quito might have a shot at getting home faster.  Certainly one could get to Houston faster from Mexico City than from Portland, Maine.  Granted, things are different when you start crossing oceans.   

I guess I might feel differently if I'd love in one city for 35 years too. But that's going to be not to many PhD holders,  who are most likely to have already moved once for grad school even if undergrad was close to hone.

Though, I do tend to agree that I wouldn't make life-altering decisions on the basis of career benefit.  I would pursue an alternative  career in the location of my choice rather than live somewhere I didn't  want to be just because it was good for my career. 

 on: Today at 02:40:10 am 
Started by shre7569 - Last post by shre7569
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 on: Today at 02:29:15 am 
Started by zuzu_ - Last post by larryc
When we moved from the midwest to the west coast, we left our 8-year-old behind with $100 and a Rand McNally.  It took him six weeks to find us, but I really think it built his character.

 on: Today at 02:24:54 am 
Started by funkyacademic - Last post by larryc
I agree, definitely include a reference from your current university if you can. That said, I've gotten 3 job offers while in a tenure track position, and none of them contacted anyone from my (then) current employer. I was ready to provide a name for someone there if they requested one, but they didn't.

Important data points! I may be overrating the importance of that internal letter.

 on: Today at 02:14:29 am 
Started by tinyzombie - Last post by greyscale
Update: the game was a total success! Though I'm not sure they (or I) have any intention of continuing.

They battled a gelatinous cube (agar from the media/plate facility) and then a rival scientist/sorcerer who was trying to curse their research and steal their results. They let him go after he gave a sob story about cuts in grant funding from the National Institutes of Healing.

 on: Today at 02:04:15 am 
Started by suomynona - Last post by mystictechgal
I agree with those who recommend either exempting some work or, if possible, having the student delay graduation and make up as much of the work as she can, even if what she submits isn't the best she can do.

Of course, find out what your university's policies are, if you haven't yet; some will even allow students to graduate with "Incompletes" on their records, providing some resolution for this grade is in the works.

Another consideration, as others have implied, is to think about what's most essential for the student to take away from your class: will not finishing some work really hurt her, take away from the quality of her degree? I suggest following this line of thought and giving priority to the most critical content/ work.

Finally, and I hate to say this, but agreements like this should be kept confidential: this student really seems to merit exceptional treatment, but the problem, I've found, far too many students think of themselves as exceptional/ deserving when they really aren't; if word gets out that you made such an agreement, you may have students pestering you for "exceptions" in future, in situations that will seem far more black-and-white to you.

To what I've bolded . . . You really shouldn't be sorry to say that. These kinds of things should, IMO, always be kept confidential, for the most part. The one exception might be to the student, herself. If she thinks it is a pity pass, she may discount how good she really is. She may need to know--because you tell her, not because you expect her to intuit it--that she got the grade she did because you know that she deserves it. If the numbers say "D", and you award an "A", she should be told that she got that grade because she really is an A student--and you will back that with LORs. If the number says "D" and you award a "C", but think that she really has mastered things to an A level, but you can't bring yourself to go there under the circumstances, that's okay, too. (Though I squirm a bit as I write that.)  But, you should tell her that, too--along with the offer to write for her.

Yeah, there's a danger that, if word gets out, you may have future students jockeying for similar treatment, but you and their other profs will have the time to manage that. She, however, is about to be launched. If she doesn't believe in herself--if she thinks that she just got a pity pass--she could easily lose confidence in herself. She needs to know that she got the grade that you believe indicates her actual level of mastery or, if less than that--for whatever reason--that you believe she knows more than what her grade indicates, and you are willing to testify to it.

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