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What am I worth?

OK, I'm officially fed up with my university job. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2012 - 3 answers

Is it OK to ask at a job interview whether I'm suitable for this position?

I have a job interview for an academic position. In the interview, is it OK to ask them what they think they are looking for? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Dec 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Critical Contexts for Writing : a reading list

I've been asked to put together a longish reading list for a BA Art/Literature module, and I'd love some ideas for texts outside my current knowledge. The list should cover a series of genres and contexts, with writing from, and about, the history and theory of art, journalism, academia, design, architecture and film. Writing on design and architecture are particularly outside my knowledge. What innovative and critically significant writings can you recommend across any of these subject areas? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Industry or academia for an aspiring scientist?

Very-early-career scientist at a fork in the road: choice between working in industry and in academia. Hive mind, please help me make an informed decision. [more inside]
posted by escapist53211 on Dec 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me figure out my life post-PhD

Having trouble figuring out what I want and committing to a career path and figuring out how to decide 'what I am', and crippled by perfectionism. About to finish a PhD and could use guidance on now to navigate the next step. [more inside]
posted by anybodys on Dec 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Am I doing the wrong thing here?

Science grad school application filter: I have informally (but explicitly) accepted a graduate assistant position (in conservation biology) at my current undergraduate institution. I am now having second thoughts and am wondering what, if anything, I should do about it. Help me, Hive Mind! I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

what tools and models do we have for collaboration in the humanities?

what tools and platforms exist right now which humanists can use to do collaborative research? what models exist of successful humanities collaboration? [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Nov 26, 2012 - 3 answers

How common is bullying in grad school?

How common is bullying in graduate school? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Nov 24, 2012 - 42 answers

Can I cold-email a researcher?

Would it be out of line to email a researcher asking how they got into their field? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Nov 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Support for the non-academic spouse?

How do you manage life with an academic significant other, especially when you have your own career and kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2012 - 12 answers

What are my options for doing a PhD long distance?

What are my options for doing a PhD long distance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Citation Question

As I'm writing a literature review I'm reading another review paper (Paper A) and found a citation to a source (Paper B) that makes a point I want to incorporate in to my own work. I've tracked down that source (Paper B) and agree with the way it was paraphrased in Paper A. How do I ethically and accurately cite this in my own work using APA? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Academic-filter: Dissertation Writing Group, take 2!

How should I organize an academic writing group hosted online? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Nov 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Given that I'm unmarried, I'll never understand why they'd reach for 'Mrs.'

I am a professor. I have a Ph.D. I'm also a woman. How do I deal with students who call me Ms., Miss, or Mrs.? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 12, 2012 - 94 answers

School me on French universities!

Explain to me the structure and reputation of the Paris universities. And, while we're at it, how about explaining the French tertiary educational system as well? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Nov 2, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I deal with a big mistake in my last job?

I burned a bridge. Will I ever work in this (academic) town again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2012 - 15 answers

Visualize 6 Pages in 1 Slide?

How do I visualize the content of six pages on one PowerPoint slide? Graphical palpability preferred. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 20, 2012 - 11 answers

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health?

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health? How do you get the skills for those jobs? Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Oct 19, 2012 - 2 answers

[academic filter] know nothing, must give comment on it, on the fly. how to be OK with this?

I suffer from extreme performance anxiety but have been yanked in at the last minute to talk on something I know almost nothing about. Not performing is not an option. Need help. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Oct 18, 2012 - 23 answers

Sales as a bridge to other careers?

Is a job in sales a good way to jump from academia to the corporate world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Crawling back up the ladder.

New to PhD candidacy and tanking fast - academics of MeFi, help me figure out how to get through this mess. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Oct 17, 2012 - 21 answers

What do I put on my CV for the person who is writing me a recommendation to grad school?

What goes on an academic CV, especially when one doesn't exactly have a huge academic history to draw from? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Admin and Research, switched.

A cartoon about academia from the 1990s (or even before). Is it online, offline, anywhere? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 9, 2012 - 1 answer

How to talk to professors for grad school applications

How do I talk to professors I hope to work with before submitting my applications for graduate study? [more inside]
posted by silvergoat on Oct 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Law academia: tell me about it!

Law academia: tell me about entering it and what it's like when you're there! How similar is it to humanities academia? How difficult are the jobs to get, compared both to academia and to law firms? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Academic mefites: is this plagiarism?

What to do when, as a peer reviewer, you figure out an author self-plagiarized? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Oct 3, 2012 - 20 answers

I already know about and use CAA/Chronicle/HigherEdJobs, what else is there?

Academics: Is there a source listing open US community college art teaching positions or sources for international art teaching positions? I already know about and use CAA/Chronicle/HigherEdJobs. I would like to broaden my open positions search.
posted by vegartanipla on Sep 24, 2012 - 3 answers

How Do I Get Hired In Higher Academia?

What are some other employment resources to get noticed at a major University? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Sep 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Anyone looking to hire a tree-sitter?

Is it possible to be happy in a low-level office job if you're working for a cause you’re passionately devoted to? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Sep 15, 2012 - 26 answers

How can I cite a book chapter I wrote, but was betrayed over?

In getting ready to update my CV for a big deal application, I just learned (via the table of contents view on Amazon) that I was dropped as the co-author on a book chapter that I wrote for a professor. What is the best way to put this on my CV, now that I know "in press" is replaced by "so long sucker"? And as a junior person in academia, how do I keep this from happening again? [more inside]
posted by artdesk on Sep 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Academic mefites: Did I compromise the review process?

How much of an ethical breech is mistakenly sending a request for peer-review to a group of 5 people? [more inside]
posted by Milau on Sep 15, 2012 - 4 answers

What are the most versatile tops/shirts to add to my wardrobe?

What are the most versatile tops/shirts to add to my wardrobe? Please help me dress like an adult. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2012 - 16 answers

no whammy no whammy no whammy debt

Help my cousin: How does a gifted kid with middle-class parents go to an elite college for as cheaply as possible, with as close to zero debt as can be managed? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Sep 4, 2012 - 39 answers

Hack my PhD

Should I finish my PhD? I'm concerned that there are career downsides to completing it as I will likely want to move forward in another field. (snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 4, 2012 - 14 answers

Leaving tenure-track academia?

Should I quit my tenure-track academic job in computer science? [more inside]
posted by unhappyprofessor on Sep 3, 2012 - 27 answers

Should I go back into academia?

I'm in desperate need of direction in my career and don't know how to make a decision. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 4 answers

What's a reasonable hourly rate for private consulting?

How much should I charge for consulting, when it's about something (grad school admissions) where consulting is uncommon? I've never done this, so I'm not sure what a reasonable hourly rate would be. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Aug 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Professor Creepy Comes to Town

Former professor made a pass at me. This was upsetting because I consider him a mentor and didn't think he had those kind of motivations towards me. Now he is in town and wants to take me out. What should I say? [more inside]
posted by idle on Aug 17, 2012 - 59 answers

Has Santorum ruined the sweater vest?

Calling academic fashion mavens! Can I rock this look (tweed jacket & sweater vest) as a woman? [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Aug 11, 2012 - 24 answers

Speculative Realism 101

Speculative Realism: What are the key texts I need to read. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jul 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Asking for job advice for partner from future graduate advisor - etiquette?

I'm planning to ask for job advice on behalf of my partner, from my future graduate advisor, because my partner's interested in a job opening at my future graduate school. Totally acceptable / useful thing to do, or a horrible violation of academic etiquette? [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 6, 2012 - 17 answers

I don't even want to know how bad I am.

How do I get over my fear of criticism, especially in an academic setting? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 27, 2012 - 18 answers

"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"

Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Academic networking for dummies, and more helpful hints

A couple months ago I found a very long document talking about academic networking. I believe it was written over 20 years ago but still seemed incredibly relevant. As a young student trying to get his footing in academia, I'd love to find this networking primer again, as well as other things to read that would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by Strass on Jun 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Exit strategy, please

I'm a math PhD student with two years left. I'm not sure I want a job in academia (but maybe I do). What should I be doing to maximise chances of success (whatever that means)? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jun 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Pre-tenure life recommendations

Pre-tenure life: what are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2012 - 7 answers

What did you do with your molecular biology PhD?

I'm doing a PhD in molecular biology, and I want to get a broader feel for my options when I graduate. [more inside]
posted by jlibera on May 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Your work is so basic the NY Times published it

How are popular opinions and well-known academics perceived in academia (social sciences)? Examples inside [more inside]
posted by ichomp on May 26, 2012 - 10 answers

What to charge as a communications consultant

What to charge as a communications consultant working with scientists?... [more inside]
posted by Verdant on May 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

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