Posts Tagged ‘academia’

Grad Student? Plan?

October 22, 2009

Eszter at Crooked Timber says The path to tenure begins in the first year of graduate school, to inaugurate her new career advice column Ph.Do at Inside Higher Ed.

Some commenters disagreed, in various ways.  Seems to me she’s basically right.  But the need is not so much to devise an elaborate master plan as to be planning all along, a lot of things including your potential fit in the job market.  This can even have a bearing on your choice of topic but probably more so on activities outside your research proper.  One example is establishing qualifications to teach standard undergrad courses within your discipline.

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Ceremonial Blog-Opening First Post

October 1, 2009

At the outset my idea is that this can be a place for writings related to my research but less formal than standard academic work.  But also less transient than the kind of comments made in email conversations with friends.

Doing this kind of writing in a blog makes it easy to share with friends and colleagues.  At this point I’m not seeking a larger audience.  The public nature of blogging however is an interesting complement to the public side of academic work today – to the fact that, whether you like it or not, you have a presence on the internet.  Being public and associated with my “real identity” also imposes a certain discipline on the writing, compared to what I might say in an email to friends.

This mission statement may change, or along with many who’ve tried this, I might abandon the project entirely.