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Too bad I can't just ask Siri...

Research on voice recognition software as a translation tool: is there any? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Nov 27, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I download multiple PDFs from an EBSCO database efficiently?

I have legal access through my school to the full archives, on EBSCO, of a magazine, and I would like to save about a decade's worth of articles in PDF format. [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire on Nov 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Can I refuse to meet with this professor?

I been told to setup a meeting with one of my professors, but faculty will only vaguely say it is about my "level of participation" and "demeanor," and have refused to give any further details. What are my options for declining to meet with this professor or arranging some alternative to a one-on-one private meeting? This is at the university level. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Nov 6, 2015 - 59 answers

What should I do about self-plagiarism?

It's 2015, and more and more academic articles from pre-Internet times are getting scanned, indexed, and shared. Back in the day, you might have been able to publish essentially the same paper in journals with mainly domestic subscriber lists in two different countries, and nobody ever would have been the wiser. Somebody did this. The intersection of subscribers was probably less than 25 libraries in this case back then. Twenty years later, and a reader noticed. Author is now a big cheese. My gut tells me to treat this just like any other case of major plagiarism--notify the author, allow them to respond, but then likely public retraction as self-plagiarism and notify employer and journal where Author is now editor. [more inside]
posted by Gotanda on Oct 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Approaches for financial imbalances in a committed relationship?

My partner and I are in a committed relationship of over three years. She's in academia getting her PhD, I hold a professional 9-5 "knowledge-worker" position making a substantial salary. We've been living together for a year and a half, and have worked out a financial situation based on equitable contributions (pretty much a percentage of our incomes). But, my partner is about to enter into the writing the dissertation phase, but her grant money will run out and taking out additional student loans just seems like digging deeper into insane debt. We're discussing a situation where temporarily I'll effectively be supporting her fully. What approaches have other MeFites taken in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2015 - 39 answers

Dealing w/ being an Average Jane engaged to a brilliant genius?

So I screwed up undergrad, pretty much eliminating the possibility of an academic career for myself, and got engaged to a guy who is in the most academic of careers. I'm envious and embarrassed about my lack of career path compared to his glittering academic future, and my current job is really not long-term sustainable. Hopeless, miserable, and alternating between feeling bitterly envious and then tortured by guilt for being such an unfair jerk, I'm being a bad partner, and I really don't know how to navigate all this. [more inside]
posted by bugperson on Oct 2, 2015 - 63 answers

Losing a tenure-track position

I am losing my tenure-track job after pre-tenure review. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by AnonProf on Sep 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Course/Materials: Chem/Biochem meets Sustainability?

Is anyone aware of an upper-division undergraduate or masters level course - or materials for such a course - with the following criteria. The course should describe, holistically, both scientifically rigorous descriptions of chemistry as well as sociological/anthropological implications of this science that illustrate the intersections of chemistry/biochemistry with sustainability. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

Pivoting away from academia in the Netherlands

Expat in NL seeking advice about non-academic jobs related to social science/statistics. [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin on Sep 15, 2015 - 2 answers

Great feats of academia and detection!

I'm looking for stories of clever academic detection. [more inside]
posted by ontheradio on Sep 12, 2015 - 14 answers

Present for a new and anxious post-doc

A dear friend of mine has just finished their PhD and is immediately starting a post doc. What gift can I give them to help them get off on the right foot dealing with their anxiety, etc.? [more inside]
posted by congen on Aug 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Revise and resubmit?

Academic-filter. You submit a 10000-word manuscript to a relatively prestigious history journal and several months later you get four (mixed) peer review responses (one very positive, one reject outright, and two "this could be a major contribution to the field, but it needs to be substantially rewritten and reframed to be publishable in X Journal"), accompanied by an invitation from the journal editor to "revise and resubmit." What do you do? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Aug 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Can anyone help me find this article about academic time management?

A while ago I came across an article written by a professor about time management in academia. It was a really great and valuable article but no matter how hard I search, I can't find it again. It was basically him (her? think it was him) detailing his techniques that he uses to manage his time. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on Aug 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Escaping the Ivory Tower -- as a middle-aged, tenured professor

Is it even remotely possible for me, a middle-aged, tenured professor in the humanities with a child to support, to leave academia? If so, how do I do it? Way more details follow below. [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on Jul 22, 2015 - 28 answers

So I'm moving to Copenhagen...

I'm starting a one-year position at the University of Copenhagen shortly. I'm a Canadian currently living in Germany, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Jul 16, 2015 - 9 answers

This trainee coach would like your help with naming her blog

Reaching out to the hive mind to help me name my blog - I am doing a masters in coaching and mentoring and trying to carve out a niche for myself working with research students/researchers/academics - this is the bulk of my "clients" at the moment (in inverted commas as all of that is unpaid and part of the training). I really enjoy working with this group as an ex-academic myself and wanted to share some of that enthusiasm via a blog but can't come up with anything that sounds right. Help?! Some further requirements below. [more inside]
posted by coffee_monster on Jul 11, 2015 - 6 answers

Stressed about new job before it has started

I'm starting a non tenure-track faculty position. The job is great on paper: well paid, good college, ideal location, low-ish teaching load with (theoretically) enough time for research. Problem is, I think the department is hostile and/or indifferent to me. Is it in my head? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2015 - 18 answers

Whose idea was it to have an open bar at a lecture?

I was watching a movie where a scene included an academic lecturing on her work. The event was a black tie affair and there was an open bar at the lecture. I suddenly realized that this is common in movies and I've actually been to something like that in real life. Why? [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on Jul 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Reluctance to stay in academia: is this burnout or a sign?

I'm in the last stretch of my PhD in the UK, with a month left before I submit my thesis. I also have a full-time job as a lecturer. I enjoy and am energised by teaching but am increasingly reluctant to focus on research. Part of this is probably exhaustion from the PhD, and I know I shouldn't make any decisions now, but part of it feels like genuine dislike of the work and skepticism of its value. What do I need to consider, post-submission, in evaluating my future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2015 - 8 answers

I can haz critical race and disability theory

How does a non-academic find interesting academic texts? For months I've been trying to find stuff written about the intersections of systemic oppressions, namely racism, with bodies, health and disability. I feel so sure that some smart academics have written about this, but how do I find that writing? [more inside]
posted by latkes on May 23, 2015 - 14 answers

dissertation-free research

I love research and learning, and keep running into a lot of research groups and programs that sound absolutely fascinating. However, most of them either involve getting a Masters or Ph.D., or require possession of a Ph.D. beforehand - which I do not want. Is there any way I can still get involved with these research groups that doesn't involve being responsible for an academic paper? Are there similar groups that do this kind of research work that aren't necessarily academic? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Help finding a career counselor or coach in San Francisco

Suggestions for career counselors specializing helping professionals with advanced degrees set off on the right path. We live in San Francisco, obviously a city with a lot of options but also a lot very bright people competing for interesting opportunities? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on May 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Academic etiquette advice for this special snowflake.

I graduated last spring with a humanities BA, I moved back to Canada the summer following and got in touch with local uni. faculty, looking to gain a little research experience. This led to me doing a little data-crunching for a faculty member, but fizzled out rather quickly as other commitments got in the way. Would it be inappropriate to contact her again? Not sure exactly how to approach this because I feel I more or less messed up by not being proactive enough the first time around. [more inside]
posted by csjc on May 11, 2015 - 1 answer

reporter+academia: is the best of both worlds possible?

After finishing my dissertation, I successfully applied to become a reporter at a newspaper. I'm liking the work as well as the flexibility and connectedness that allows me to apply what I researched (political theory/discourse analysis) in my writing--I'm wondering how I can better conceptualize my future career path. (Details within) [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on May 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Feeling ambivilant about my PhD program. Should I apply for this job?

I'm finishing up the second year of my PhD program. This is a particularly stressful time in the program--I'm finishing my coursework and should be ABD in a couple of months. I am planning on making a decision at the end of next month whether or not I want to keep on. But I just found out about a great job opportunity with a nonprofit organization I like and have a relationship with and I am really really qualified for. So now I'm wondering...would it hurt to apply? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2015 - 12 answers

I've screwed up. Help me keep my job?

Ever really, really mess up without meaning to? I'm there now. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Apr 24, 2015 - 17 answers

Coping with email anxiety

I have severe email anxiety and it is having repercussions for my work. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by D+ on Apr 20, 2015 - 29 answers

I'm happy -- what's your problem?

I'm ending a postdoc, and accepted an academic job that I'm excited about, with the bonus that it's located in the same city as my spouse. It wasn't my first choice, but was high on my list. Sadly, my colleagues are not reacting positively -- the most common comments are "well, at least you get to move to [spouse's city]!" and "it could be worse!". I'm bewildered and hurt, since it's not a bad job in any sense. How do I react to such comments to explain that I am happy about it, and that it's a good option for me, without sounding defensive? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Apr 9, 2015 - 33 answers

How do I talk to authority figures?

I have difficulty interacting comfortably with people I see as authority figures, like professors and senior figures in the legal profession. (My job requires me to do both pretty often - I'm a junior academic and my research involves talking to judges and lawyers). I sometimes get the sense I make them feel uncomfortable by being awkward/ overly deferential / stammering etc and, more often, even when an interaction seems to have gone smoothly, I'm deeply uncomfortable and anxious myself. What do I do to get over this? [more inside]
posted by Aravis76 on Apr 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Crash course in Classics

What are some must-know names and works in current Greco-Roman classical studies scholarship? What are some hot topics, trends, new directions in the field? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Mar 31, 2015 - 4 answers

"Literary studies are..." or "Literary studies is..."?

"Literary studies are..." or "Literary studies is..."? This is for an academic book written in US English. [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Mar 21, 2015 - 11 answers

how do you Connect and Understand Stuff you've read?

ok, this is kind of a complicated question and I'm not even sure how to ask it. But I do feel like something is Wrong about how I read. Details below. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Mar 14, 2015 - 23 answers

What do you call this academic writing style and should it be avoided?

What would you call this style of writing in which terms are introduced in a flurry of comma separated uses, synonyms or phrasal bits, other languages etc. I associate it mostly with continental academic writing but it may have broader uses. Is it ok to write like this in essays for an MA in Continental Philosophy? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Mar 13, 2015 - 18 answers

Commuting to an academic job -- terrible idea?

We moved for my partner's academic job. He loves it. I'm not happy in the new place (yet) and yearn to return to where we moved from, and have him commute. Terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2015 - 61 answers

Jumping ship from academia to industry

I'm have a PhD in computer science, and after an unsuccessful location-constrained academic job search, have decided to finally try industry. If you made a similar shift, I'd love to hear your experiences. What was the career transition like? What sorts of jobs should I be applying for? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Mar 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Etiquette on re-using colleague's teaching exercise

One of my colleagues has a wonderful teaching exercise that I'd like to re-use in a presentation. I would of course give her credit, both on the presentation slide and verbally. Is this normal academic re-use? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Mar 8, 2015 - 14 answers

How to back out of doing something that you already agreed to do?

I have been working as a postdoc for a year. I have never written a grant in my life and when one of my bosses came to me with a project in mind, I naively offered to write it. It's now 2 weeks till the deadline and I don't even know how to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 7, 2015 - 15 answers

What next for a biochemistry / physiology PhD?

I'm a couple years off finishing a PhD that's been about half biochemistry and half electrophysiology at a top-ranked Australian university. The academic career path is definitely open to me - I've got a decent number of publications, heaps of teaching experience, blah blah blah - but I'm unsure that it's what I want to pursue. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Mar 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Deciding between two library jobs

I have to choose between two librarian positions soon, and could use others' advice and experience. I have been an academic librarian for a number of years, married to an academic, and we have both received offers from the same two universities. This is great, because we get to finally live together full-time. But, the two librarian jobs and universities are quite different. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 13 answers

Severe depression and self-doubt about intelligence and people?

I have been experiencing terrible bouts of depression and anxiety for the past four months or so now. I also have turbulent mood swings, ranging from being content in the morning, and scornfully miserable in the afternoon. I'm not certain what is causing all of this. I'm not an emotionally stable person; always unhappy and anxious. I have lost all desire to fulfill my hobbies, which includes: writing, reading, watching documentaries, deep conversations, watching old films, debating, poetry, social activism, and learning knowledge in general. I do not think I'm intellectual or socially exciting enough, therefore I have abandoned all of my hobbies. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Feb 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Professors: tips on working 9 hours a day, 7 days a week?

I'm an overworked tenure-track university professor at a research university. Halp! [more inside]
posted by Milau on Feb 20, 2015 - 14 answers

Academic paper: Ethics of reviewer requesting added references

I would welcome some opinions on the ethics of a reviewer for an academic paper and potential ways to address a problem with a request to add inappropriate references. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Feb 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Not intelligent enough to become a social researcher?

Lately, I have seem to have doubts about my intelligence; particularly with the notion of becoming a social researcher. I have always wanted to explore the field of social research. I have a penchant for learning new knowledge and theories; my curiosity never seems to wane. However, I have little confidence that I'm able to obtain a Master's Degree in Critical Sociology. I need to build my confidence and reassure myself that I have the capability, passion, devotion, and worth ethic to learn and strive towards this career goal. I would be most appreciated for some scope of advice, tips, and encouragement. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Do academic presses publish books by job market dropouts?

I'm quitting academia after years of trying to get a tenure-track job in the humanities. My post-doc runs out in September. Should I finish the book manuscript based on my dissertation, or junk it and move on immediately? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 16, 2015 - 6 answers

What to do after Tenure?

Recently Tenured Prof - Now what? Research limp, teaching meh, admin not thrilling. What did you do? Nonstandard (social-justice?) career/activity arcs for PUI Science faculty? Dealing with midlife-minicrisis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2015 - 15 answers

What is a 4/4 Course Load?

In academic discussions, I often see professors describe their course load as a fraction like 4/4 (or sometimes 4-4). What do the numbers mean? [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard on Feb 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Two PhD programs, each alike in dignity (maybe).

I'm a candidate for 2 PhD programs at the same school. Help me brainstorm questions for interviews so we can all make a good decision. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jan 20, 2015 - 9 answers

How to survive PhD viva with inadequate thesis?

I submitted an embarrassingly weak PhD thesis, elements of which I don't feel able to defend, and am expecting to be told to revise and resubmit. My viva is in three weeks time. How do I prepare for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Be the "data guy" my current boss needs (and future bosses want)?

I'm in academia. Two related questions: 1) Can you recommend readings, forums, programs, and tools under the broad heading, "data analysis?" 2) And, what's the next job I should be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Sock on Jan 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Dear prof, you're the only helpful member of my committee. Please leave.

I'm in my mumble year of grad school in a humanities field and will at long last be filing my dissertation this semester. I don't want to stay in academia, so I don't care how good or bad the thesis is; it just needs to be good enough to file. My advisor and two other committee members will probably sign off on anything. The fourth member is the problem. She's helpful, conscientious and would be likely to have lots of good suggestions for improvement. I want her off my committee. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jan 9, 2015 - 18 answers

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