It's all well and good for me to say it isn't the right question. People still ask it. People you care about. People you have trouble ignoring or being snarky to. So what do you say? Assume the best intentions Whenever you are faced with a stomach cramp inducing question like this, it is … [Read more...] about Useful answers for “What are you going to do with that?”
Are you a PhD student or considering entering a PhD program? There is a lot of discussion out there about attrition rates (high) and time to completion (long). Much of that discussion focuses on institutions and what they should or could be doing about it. Beyond asking questions of your … [Read more...] about Taking responsibility for your PhD
If you are still working on your PhD dissertation, or if you supervise doctoral students, this post is for you. As you may be aware completion times in the humanities and social sciences are long. Much longer than for other disciplines. And humanities disciplines tend to be longer than social … [Read more...] about Finishing the Dissertation
News reports, such as this one in the New York Times, appear from time to time reporting on the lack of tenure-track posts in the current economic climate. Searches are being cancelled. Tenure-track positions are being downgraded to term positions. Senior faculty are postponing their retirements. … [Read more...] about What is a doctoral candidate to do?