120 posts tagged with academia by Anonymous.
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A (prof.) ex-supervisor is actively trying to slander me. What now?

Recently, I left a job at a major public research university in California to pursue a new position in industry. Unfortunately, the separation was not amicable, and the professor I worked for became irrationally extremely angry because the timing of my departure inevitably was disruptive to the work of his lab. I have since learned that he has been actively cold-calling other former colleagues and supervisors of mine (who he doesn't otherwise have any relationship with), just to slander me and make all sorts of absurd accusations about my alleged poor character and dishonesty. What do I do about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Thoughts on pursuing academia? (English Literature, UK)

Hi, I finished an English degree recently. I'm older than most - late 20s. I really like the idea of an academic career, but... (there are several buts) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2016 - 19 answers

I didn't fail my PhD defense, but I didn't pass. Should I quit?

I got a "reconsideration" on my PhD defense, which is essentially "you have to do major revisions to the dissertation." This is pretty much unheard of. I don't know a single person this has happened to. My adviser had NO CLUE this was going to happen, and we both thought I was going to pass easily. More below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2016 - 38 answers

The Professor is Not Quite In

Finishing up a PhD program in the humanities and I still can't figure out if I like academia. In the meantime, I'm supposed to be applying for jobs. Seeking some perspective from people who've been here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2016 - 7 answers

Sabbatical destination with cosmopolitan group of scientists

Where are the academic (or other) research group/sub-departments - in any science discipline! - that live up to the fantasy of eloquent free-wheeling idea exchange and cosmopolitanism, while still doing science. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2016 - 5 answers

How to resolve a harassment case?

I am in a young-ish lecturer at a UK university, and I'm trying to "broker" a solution to an incident of sexual harassment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2016 - 17 answers

I want to move. I don't know if I can. How do I deal?

I’m a tenured academic, and my once-pretty-great job is now… pretty not-great. But lots of factors mean that even in the best case, I’ll be here for a while, maybe a long while. How do I find a new position? How do I deal emotionally with the possibility that I won't, at least not soon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2016 - 18 answers

Norm for conference presentations -- authors only?

I'm an academic. I'm new to supervising subordinates on my research and I'm unsure of the norms. Should a subordinate present at conferences on a project only if they would be a co-author on the article? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Non-academic career suggestions for Psychology PhD

I am considering leaving a tenure-track faculty position in Psychology in order to have a more normal life. I would be very grateful for suggestions on non-academic careers. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2016 - 28 answers

Tell academic supervisor about depression?

I want to disclose to my (former) supervisor that I've been struggling with depression this year, but I'm hesitating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2016 - 7 answers

What made your teaching demonstration successful?

What can I do in 30 minutes to demonstrate my teaching skills in an unfamiliar context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2016 - 6 answers

This is no game.

Should I let people know that one of my colleagues (in a male-dominated STEM field) is big into the pick-up artist scene? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2016 - 35 answers

Sexual Assault Prevention

What can/should I do to draw attention to a creepy professor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Thrown under the bus. What to do with feelings?

My graduate advisor/mentor short-changed me two years in a row to keep other people happy when distributing resources-- not out of malice (I think) just chronic thoughtlessness. In trying to justify what he did, he dredged up things like my progress (which he's been telling me is great until now). I've made my case to the department re: resources, and am waiting for them to deliberate. Meanwhile, I'm overwhelmed with feelings-- disillusioned, hurt, anger, feeling mistreated and taken-advantage of, etc., and I don't know what to do with them. I need some outside perspectives! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2016 - 15 answers

Primary factors impacting academic citations?

Hi, so I'm a newcomer to citation analysis. Can you recommend some good literature starting points for learning about factors that impact citation rates of journal articles and monographs? I have heard anecdotally that the institution from which an author comes and the journal title itself have significant impact, but I'd like to gain some well-supported insights into what factors have been demonstrated to affect citation rates. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2016 - 1 answer

Applied for a research position, multiple labs responded. What do I do?

I applied to intern/assist at a number of research labs under the same university, and unexpectedly received multiple positive replies asking to meet in person. I don't think each professor knows I applied to other professors at the same university at this point, but they probably all know each other. How do I handle this properly and politely? (I don't want to offend anyone...) Help! (Longer explanation inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2016 - 12 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - 16 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

Group paper and questions about plagiarism...

I just submitted a group paper. Hours before I ran it through a plagiarism checker, turns out two (!) of the group members had directly copy and pasted sentences from accademic articles into our paper. In total, no more than five sentences were plagiarized These sentences were cited but not quoted directly. I informed all group members who seemed unconcerned...Is this a big deal? Is it worth reporting? (Fwiw, I edited their work before submitting a final copy)
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Conference proceedings or journal article?

I completed a paper for my second year review last spring, and I have a strong study that I've been re-writing as a journal article. However, I recently realized that a major conference in my field has a call for papers that very closely matches the content of the study. I don't think I could differentiate the paper enough to make two distinct submissions. Which is better given the details below? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2014 - 7 answers

In PhD program, trying to decide next career move.

Am I competitive enough to get a job in academia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Arts/Humanities salaries at MIT?

This is a long shot, but I am up for a position as an assistant professor at MIT (in an arts/humanities department), and I'm wondering if the salaries are similar to the other assistant professor salaries at MIT (average is 120K) or if they are paid much less, as at many other universities. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2014 - 6 answers

How to get better at organizing my ideas in writing?

How can I get better at organizing my ideas in writing? I want to be able to write essays, long-form blog posts, articles, etc. I want to be able to use in-depth writing as a tool to accomplish things, instead of just enduring it when it comes up. I'm interested in resources (classes? books?), techniques, and advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2014 - 15 answers

Has this life stalled, or stagnated, or does it just need a new hobby?

I'm either going to need a radical overhaul, or just a new activity to keep me going a bit longer. Can't decide which, either because I'm indecisive or out of ideas. I'd like some input on either front: a) should I throw caution to the wind and take charge of my destiny? b) any suggestions for new preoccupations to get absorbed in while this current life persists? Piled embankments of soggy sleet within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Should I change my job and my country of residence?

I am facing a huge question that I don't know how to navigate and don't feel like I can talk to anyone about. The short story is that I have a precarious-feeling academic job in the Midwestern U.S. and applied for a job in an English-speaking country in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, I found out that I am on the short list for the job. And now I'm just not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Leaving Academia, but Sticking it Out for the Degree

Assuming nothing goes catastrophically wrong (which might not be a good assumption to make, unfortunately), I should be getting a PhD in about 18 months. I'm about 90% sure that I don't want to stay in academia. What steps can I start taking now to have a smoother career change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Starting a software company, as an academic

I am an academic about to get tenure, but I'm thinking about an alternative career trajectory. In particular, I have an idea for software that (I believe) could be revolutionary, related to my field of study. I'm thinking of quitting my job to pursue this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Leaning...backward? Better lifestyle, not-better job?

We'd like to move to another city for family reasons, but it will likely require a step back for me career-wise. I'd like to hear about how that worked out for other people. Can you help me get excited about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2014 - 16 answers

A minor question about transgender nomenclature and etiquette.

A former distant colleague of mine is a trans woman. I'm pretty clear on the importance of not misgendering people, but I'm running into one or two slightly awkward practical issues in making sure I don't screw that up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 21, 2014 - 21 answers

Tenure and promotion letters for college faculty

Academics, what is your institution's policy about tenure and promotion letters? Specifically, once the decision to award or deny tenure is made, does a candidate standardly get a letter detailing the committee's reasons? What is the letter like and who reviews it? Looking also for pointers to faculty handbooks where the letter process is described, and links to policies/recommendations from professional associations like AAUP or MLA on this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2014 - 12 answers

What do you (temporarily) do with an MA in History?

I'm currently enrolled in a History Ph.D. program and will be eligible to leave with an MA in a couple of months. I've applied to finish my doctorate elsewhere, but, given some recent developments in my department, have decided that I would really rather leave after my MA regardless of whether I get in elsewhere this cycle. Help me brainstorm options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I send this letter to a search chair at a SLAC?

I am considering rescinding my application for employment at a SLAC - I am fairly certain they have invited candidates to interview since my initial follow-ups, but have been wholly unresponsive to my questions. The goal of this letter is to change their behavior so that they are not rude during future job searches. I think I would have liked this job, but do not want employment there if the search process is indicative of department dynamics. Letter enclosed. If you think I ought to send it, any suggestions for revision are welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2014 - 72 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Rethinking being a PhD candidate: whether, when, how, why, & what next?

I am a doctoral candidate and have become increasingly convinced that I no longer want an academic job, and possibly not a PhD either. When/how do I tell my supervisor? (Particulars inside, and apologies in advance about the length.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Exiting Academia

I just finished up my third semester of a PhD program in information studies. There are parts I like, but as I get deeper into it I'm beginning to realize that those aren't in the majority to the parts I dislike. I have a masters in Library and Information Science and have been keeping an eye on job openings and it seems like there are a number that I would be a great fit for. I'm remembering how much I liked the job when I was in it, and I'd like to exit academia before sinking too much time into it. However, my GAship is providing a steady salary and health benefits. How do I do this in a way that works out well for both me and my adviser? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Transitioning from academia back to a former job

I'm coming to think that, while I don't hate academia, I'm beginning to like it less and less and have apprehensions about continuing through to my dissertation. I'm in my second year of the PhD program, and have a masters with practical application in the field that I was working in before deciding to continue on to my PhD. The place where I was working, a public library, is now hiring for a position similar to the one that I was in before I left. Typically my master's degree would command a higher salary, and I think I would probably need a little bit more than what they're offering to live comfortably and start paying down my extant debt accrued during my masters (I'm not taking on any new loans, thankfully). I left on great terms, and feel like a really strong candidate for the job with the skills I've gained in the interim, but would only be able to take it with slightly higher salary than they offer now. I loved this job, and it's looking more and more appealing compared to my current experience in academia. What steps should I take to contact the HR department of the library system to a) let them know that I'm interested and suss out how interested they might be in me, and b) talk about flexibility in salary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2013 - 2 answers

I'm (no longer) hot for teacher, can I attend his class?

How bad of an idea it is to attend a university class given by a lecturer I've secretly dated? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 33 answers

Need help with a difficult professor

I'm a first-year masters student taking a course that is supposed to be the core curriculum of my discipline. My program is in systems ecology. I find myself increasingly frustrated with this professor and increasingly unable to hide it, and now he wants to "meet with me to talk about student-instructor dynamics". I need some help coming up with some strategies to deal with this professionally. Difficulty level: I'm a new graduate student, and he's the director of my program. The program is brand-new (just started spring semester of last year) and this is one of two core courses, both of which are taught by him. His course is so terrible that I'm considering transferring to another program within the university. Excruciating detail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2013 - 45 answers

Washington state labor lawyers

I'm looking for recommendations for labor lawyers in Washington state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2013 - 1 answer

First World Problems: Academic edition

Academic sabbatical +/- having a baby: how does that work? What is the most "logical" time frame for either of these to occur? Is this a bad idea altogether? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I handle a job opportunity out of nowhere?

I have a newly-discovered opportunity to go after a senior academic appointment. Applications close in a few days. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How to deal with an inefficient bureaucracy-- from the inside?

What are your strategies and best practices for being a cog in an inefficient bureaucracy? How do you compartmentalize the frustration and leave it in the office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2013 - 14 answers

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