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Earnest exhortations and random tidbits for dissertating grad students, post-doctoral job hunters and tenure-track faculty



Updated: 2008-12-02T17:32:16-05:00

 



For those of you who are grading...

2008-12-02T17:32:16-05:00

All the professors and grad student teachers I work with are complaining about grading right now. For a break, why not read this compilation by Oxford University of the Top 10 Irritating Phrases. Note that some of the comments are...



Disappearing Academic Jobs

2008-11-30T09:02:03-05:00

Over at Acephalous, Scott Eric Kauffman writes: "Three of the jobs I already applied for disappeared last week. Two of the jobs I was about to mail applications to went poof today. [Insert something witty here.] [Try to think of...

Over at Acephalous, Scott Eric Kauffman writes:

"Three of the jobs I already applied for disappeared last week.

Two of the jobs I was about to mail applications to went poof today.

[Insert something witty here.]

[Try to think of something witty. We'll wait.]

[Surely there's something more to this than rank despair.]

[Or not.]

[Can't anyone save us?]"

Wow.  Scary.  As if it isn't already hard enough to get a tenure-track job....

None of the people I coach who are on the academic job market this year have reported that positions have disappeared.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they won't have Scott's experience.  Perhaps he's seeing even more jobs dry up because he's in California.

However, the dissertation advisor of one of my coaching clients told her that "no one would be hiring for at least a couple of years" and that she should focus on turning her dissertation into a book so she'd be marketable when jobs reappeared.  I thought this was good advice, if terribly depressing.




Thanksgiving Gratitude

2008-11-28T07:20:37-05:00

In his book Authentic Happiness, Martin Seligman describes a brief, daily exercise that decreases depression and increases measures of well-being. Each evening, simply write down five things you feel grateful for and why. It works. A helpul habit to get...



Think on Paper

2007-03-19T21:32:07-04:00

*********************************************** “Don’t think and then write it down. Think on paper.” Harry Kemelman *********************************************** Get things down on paper first. Then rearrange, adjust, and tweak. Right now, I have three clients in the humanities who keep getting stuck on the...



Email Addictions Part III

2007-03-12T19:33:43-04:00

*********************************************** Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done. - Andy Rooney *********************************************** A final motivator devoted to email management: 1) Have...