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What are you going to do with that?

What are some non-academic, non-science careers in which a PhD is a particularly desirable, even necessary, credential? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Dec 13, 2011 - 27 answers

ProTips for academic job negotiations

To continue in the series of academic job hunting posts - protips for negotiating an academic position. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Dec 3, 2011 - 23 answers

Trying to Find My Way

In a dark place, emotionally. Not ready to graduate, but not ready to continue with school. Help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 23, 2011 - 7 answers

When should/how should you intervene on a problematic potential hire of a faculty member?

Academic Filter: When should/how should you intervene on a problematic potential hire of a faculty member? (Special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Beyond American Lit

Help me think of topics for a college literature course! [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Nov 14, 2011 - 26 answers

ProTips for academic job interviews - campus visit edition

As a follow up to last week's question about academic job talks, please enlighten me with best practices / pro tips on campus visits for academic positions. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Nov 13, 2011 - 21 answers

Can the singularity help

TediousTaskHelpFilter: For a project I'm working on, I manually went through 4000+ article abstracts from a literature database and classified articles as either target articles or irrelevant articles (with broad classification for why the article was irrelevant). My advisor has indicated that it's standard practice for me to do this same search on a database that will, overwhelmingly, give me many repeats from my last search. As this is nowhere near the only thing on my plate, I'd like to optimize this task. Is there any computer-based solution to eliminating the repeats in hits between these two databases? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Nov 10, 2011 - 5 answers

I don't want to be a professor, I just want to be a lab tech who reads a lot.

Help me quit grad school. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 21 answers

The academic cliche strikes again.

I am two post-docs out of graduate school and currently on the job market for tenure track positions. My former graduate advisor has confessed that he has feelings for me and that he thinks we would make a great couple. I don't reciprocate. I have two letters from my post-doc supervisors, but still need my advisor's letter for a third reference. What is the most diplomatic way to handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 - 34 answers

Piemaker, PhD

I have warm fuzzy feelings and inclinations to do nice things for people. Does this make me unprofessional? How do I talk myself out of it, if so? I'm in academia. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Oct 31, 2011 - 39 answers

ProTips for academic job talks

Best job talk ever! Dear academic MeFites, please share your best tips for job talks. [more inside]
posted by k8t on Oct 29, 2011 - 21 answers

Vanity URLs for Academics

I'm a PhD student with an academic blog and a personal blog, thinking about my future marketability as either an academic or a postdoc style researcher. Should I host it all under myname.net, keep my catchyname.com for the academic blog, or something else? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Oct 25, 2011 - 19 answers

I asked a question and all I got were these papers

What are your grading hacks for really, really boring papers? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Oct 6, 2011 - 24 answers

Any advice or comments on jobhunting at science conferences?

Do any of you have experience with postdoc recruitment at academic conferences (Specifically, BSGT/ESGCT)? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Oct 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Academic Culture 101?

Books or other resources explaining traditional practices in academe / academia? [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian on Oct 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Innovative websites as template/model for MFA research community

I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Making the best whiteboard "chalk talk" for a faculty interview

Please suggest ways to make the best possible whiteboard "chalk talk" for a biological sciences faculty position interview at a research university in the U.S. The style of the chalk talk can vary widely by institution, and this handout describes some formats and has some suggestions. In practicing, I realize I have trouble writing legibly and remembering not to stand in front of what I've written, so I would especially love specific suggestions to address those issues.
posted by grouse on Sep 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor

Thesis rewrites and unexplained comments from supervisor [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2011 - 19 answers

An instructor by any other name...

How should I address a university instructor I don't know in an email? Possibly overthinking things. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Sep 3, 2011 - 47 answers

Should I let a bad paper with my name on it be presented at an academic conference?

How concerned should I be about a mediocre paper I co-wrote being presented at a conference (by a classmate I despise and distrust)? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Aug 26, 2011 - 17 answers

When to have Baby #2?

When to have Baby #2? (Welcome to my personal/professional snowglobe.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2011 - 20 answers

Dealing with and understanding post-depression changes

How to deal with post-depression goal changes (or aimlessness)? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace on Aug 12, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I think about how to build things?

What are the canonical authors / works on design thinking and what books / other resources would you recommend as an intro to design thinking for a social science and policy wonk? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Please give strategies for a quick review of Calc I & II

Best way to review college Calculus I & II in as short a time as possible to prove competence in the subject? Any website, book, or methodology recommendations? I need to test out of these courses to make sure I'm not paying for an extra year of school. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Aug 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me understand why desciptive bibliography is useful.

How are descriptive bibliographies of modern books useful to scholars & researchers? Rephrased: what questions are answered by the information they contain? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow on Jul 26, 2011 - 2 answers

Knowing Your Limits/Accepting or Mitigating Intellectual Failure

I have a serious problem with being seen to be intellectually 'wrong'. I need ways to get over it [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2011 - 26 answers

Playing Careers with an architecture degree

I'm a recent architecture graduate trying to decide if I should be following an academic or professional route, and I'm losing a lot of sleep over the uncertainty. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Career for someone with a background in earth sciences?

Looking for advice on possible careers post-grad school with earth sciences training. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2011 - 6 answers

What am I not considering when thinking about quitting my postdoc job?

Quit my job or not? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetthecat on Jul 4, 2011 - 4 answers

How to combine academic and creative work in the same field?

A case-study in journalism: after entering academia (j-school staff), will a feature writer say goodbye to creativity? [more inside]
posted by earthwormsleg on Jun 8, 2011 - 6 answers

What is a good PhD graduation gift for an advisor?

What is an appropriate gift to give one's advisor after filing a PhD dissertation and graduating? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 7, 2011 - 23 answers

Help me prune the academic wankery

What are unnecessarily formal "academic jargon" type words that I should seek and destroy in my papers? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 28, 2011 - 66 answers

Help me figure out what academic articles to read

Help me figure out what academic articles to read [more inside]
posted by raeka on May 26, 2011 - 17 answers

Is The Academic Life The Life For Me? (or: What Do You Do With a BA In English, Part XVII)

I think I want to become an English professor. How would I go about it? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on May 9, 2011 - 63 answers

As-it-happens research updates: can't write with 'em, can't write without 'em?

How to concentrate on a research-driven book project when the subject matter is periodically changing / being updated by other writers? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Apr 22, 2011 - 4 answers

so long suckers?

What did you do the summer before you went on the academic job market? What do you wish you had done? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Apr 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Should I continue on with my co-author on a questionable project (and with a difficult working relationship)?

Should I continue on with my co-author on a questionable project (and with a difficult working relationship)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2011 - 5 answers

angry little asian

My professor makes me uncomfortable and angry. How do I get through this class without letting my emotions get to me? [more inside]
posted by ilk on Apr 4, 2011 - 74 answers

5-part humor or riddle for science presentation

Help me come up with a five-part joke, riddle, or comic strip to embed in 5 separate data presentations at a science conference. [more inside]
posted by dino might on Apr 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Seeking mutually beneficial arrangement with research assistant.

How do I efficiently and effectively work with a research assistant? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Apr 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Life after PhD?

Is doing a neuroscience PhD useful to enhance my job prospects generally, not just in research? If I choose to leave science after graduating, what would a PhD get me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 27, 2011 - 12 answers

Should I attempt a third undergrad degree?

I’ve settled on a professional grad programme I’d like to attend. It’s fairly competitive. Like almost every other such programme in Canada, minimum entry criteria include a four-year BA with a B+ average or higher (likely, much higher) in the final two years of study. Most will not consider applicants with any other profile, e.g., a three-year BA + GRE + additional courses taken as a visiting student, as has been suggested in other questions. I’m writing because I suspect I’ve got the stinkiest background imaginable - two undergrad attempts, and more. I sincerely thank in advance anyone with the patience to read further. [more inside]
posted by nelljie on Mar 19, 2011 - 4 answers

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare?

I'd like to start a clinical psychology doctoral program in 2012. I wasn't a Psych major. How do I prepare? [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Mar 18, 2011 - 12 answers

Graduate school blogs

Best blogs and other reading materials for social science graduate students/academics? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Mar 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Help an academic move into the corporate world with as few gaffes as possible.

What advice or tips can you offer to an academic who is about to move to the private sector? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 - 14 answers

What else can I do with my PhD?

Please help me, a first-year postdoc in auditory neuroscience, think of alternate career paths. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I be the parent and scientist I want to be?

Can I take 2 or 3 years off after getting my PhD to be a parent full-time without seriously reducing my ability to be a researcher (not necessarily a professor) in the hard sciences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

How do you deal with rampant gossip in an academic context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Moving up in teaching, advice on applications

I'm an adjunct lecturer at a community college, and I'm looking to move on up. Some of the positions I'm looking at require recommendation letters. How exactly should I go about this? [more inside]
posted by Sexy Question Bot on Feb 21, 2011 - 38 answers

PhD retrospective

PhD filter: What do you wish you had done or known, as you started your PhD? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Feb 21, 2011 - 35 answers

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