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]
Hello everybody, I just received a great recommendation letter I asked from a former professor, however, he made a typo on my last name several times throughout the letter. Can you advise me a way to ask him to correct it without making him lose face and feel embarrassed? It's a quite delicate situation, thank you for any ideas!
Where can I find a classic, professor-style tweed blazer... cut for a woman? (Serious bonus points: before Christmas??) [more inside]
Is this bad? [more inside]
I have emailed a professor about volunteering in her lab and, propitiously for me, she said that she'd be happy to give me this opportunity and will be in contact with me in September. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
I am in need of some help... I've just completed an M.A. in Anthropology, I'm trying to pull together a CV for a job teaching as an adjunct professor or community college professor. I don't have professional teaching experience, even though I've got loads of experience teaching to my peers in graduate seminars. (I'm also not sure how to convey that, other than in a cover letter.) I've got some of my written work (Academia.edu), and one of my presentations on YouTube. I'm in the process of revising some other papers to put on Academia.edu... Hoping, I suppose, that displaying my work will make me a better candidate. Now, here's the question: How can I make my existing (non-teaching!) work experience relevant to applying for academic jobs? [more inside]
You’re an academic, and every now and then, often on short notice, you’ve got to put together an application which includes your papers, your grants, your service (and so on) and it’s in a different format and order to the last time. Would you pay someone to keep track of this stuff AND format your application/review? What do you need them to keep track of? Tell me more. What do you want?
Calling academic fashion mavens! Can I rock this look (tweed jacket & sweater vest) as a woman? [more inside]
One of my professors from last semester has been so incredibly kind, helpful, and supportive of me despite how difficult things were academically for me last semester. I want to thank this professor, but I don't know what's appropriate because I have never given a professor a gift before. What are some sentimental gifts that can accompany a handwritten note? [more inside]
Is it okay to dispute final grades? Can I ask certain assignments to be re-evaluated if I did not ask earlier? How do I go about doing this? [more inside]
Re-connecting with possibly supportive professor. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
How can we cheer up someone who will be alone for the holidays, without actually inviting them to a party or something? [more inside]
Help me understand a poetry conundrum thrown up by the film The Good Shepherd. [more inside]
You know the tweed jackets with leather or suede elbow patches called? They're stereotypically worn by professors. Do they have a particular name? Where can I find one? [more inside]
My University's Engineering Faculty offers a certificate program entitled "Prospective Professors in Training." Please help me inventory similar professional development programs at other institutions that prepare soon-to-be faculty members (i.e. grad students) for the ins-and-outs of an academic position. [more inside]
I heard a story on NPR some time ago, and am having no luck finding it now. It was about a man, possibly a professor of architecture, who taught students how to mindfully walk and study the suburban landscape. Who was this person? [more inside]