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How to Get Strong Letters of Recommendation from Professors
Good advice from Paul T. Corrigan: "In a real sense, however, we don’t write your letters. You do. You write your own letters by the reputation and relationships you build during your years in college. When your professors sit down to type out a recommendation on official letterhead, we just do our best to record in words what you’ve already written with your actions."
students  lettersofrec  gradschool  advice 
january 2017 by warnick
A Letter to Past Graduate-Student Me
Raachel Herrmann, in the Chronicle: "Graduate school is an exercise in people not telling you things. It’s also an exercise in learning when to ask questions, and whom to ask. Make it your job to be informed."
chronicle  gradschool  advice 
november 2016 by warnick
How to Prep for Grad School if You're Poor
Massive (and I do mean massive) collaborative Google Doc, chock-full of resources and personal stories.
gradschool  poverty  finance 
july 2016 by warnick
Writing Tips: Personal Statements
Good advice for dealing with an incredibly tricky genre.
writing  gradschool  portfolio 
february 2016 by warnick
Grad & Postdoc Professional Development Resources
Really great Zotero collection by Melissa Dalgleish — perfect for grad students interested in alt-ac careers.
gradschool  altac  resources  zotero 
august 2015 by warnick
Get a PhD—but leave academia as soon as you graduate
Allison Schrager: "Somewhere along the way, I let myself be convinced that I wanted an academic career. I was repeatedly told that academic research is the only thing I’d find intellectually fulfilling, no one would appreciate me on the outside because people weren’t as smart, industry work was empty and soulless, and I’d have to wake up early everyday. Most scary: Leaving meant I could never come back."
phd  gradschool  jobmarket 
december 2014 by warnick
How to Read a Book (or Anything, Really)
Aimée Morrison: "I used to think that careful, attentive, smart, good readers started at page one, and, with a uniform level of complete entranced focus, worked methodically through the page the nth. This is pretty much  the opposite of how I read (flipping, in and out of concentration, stopping and starting) so obviously I figured I was doing it wrong. Do you ever feel that way too?"
aimeemorrison  reading  gradschool 
november 2014 by warnick
They Say I'll Never Get a Job
Ms. Mentor offers a painful, but necessary reality check: "There’s been a known shortage of tenure-track jobs in the humanities since the 1970s. When the Modern Language Association proposed a big celebration of its centennial, a bunch of feisty part-timers threatened to follow it with a ragtag protest, which they wanted to call "the parade of the adjuncts." That was in 1983."
chronicle  gradschool  jobmarket  msmentor 
september 2014 by warnick
Plugging in and Creating your Networks
Estee Beck offers some great advice to new graduate students about how to approach conferences.
esteebeck  conferences  cfp  gradschool 
september 2014 by warnick
Opportunity Costs of the PhD: The Problem of Time to Degree
MLA's Office of Research crunches the numbers on how long it takes to earn a PhD: "As long as a nine-year path to the PhD may be, the class of 2012 humanities degree recipients took less time than any classes since the 1970s. The 2012 median of 9.0 years is notably shorter than the 9.5 years recorded by humanities graduates who received degrees over the five years 2006–10, and it is strikingly shorter than the record-high 10.7-year median for graduates who received humanities degrees between 1986 and 1990."
mla  gradschool  phd  academia 
may 2014 by warnick
The Moral Panic in Literary Studies
In the Chronicle, Marc Bousquet examines the changing face of English departments: "That a large percentage of tenure­-track hires in English is consistently allocated to composition and rhetoric reflects the rational, reasonable, and growing interest in fields specializing in the conditions of textual production at a moment when textual production is undergoing the greatest shift since Gutenberg. More people are doing more kinds of composition than ever before, and they want to learn to do it better."
chronicle  english  academia  jobmarket  gradschool 
april 2014 by warnick
Chris Blattman's Advising Guidelines for Grad Students
Some of this is pretty specific to Blattman's field, but it's a nice model for a page I probably should have on my website.
gradschool  advice  advising 
september 2013 by warnick
Survey of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition
"The Rhetoric Review Survey of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition is now a collaborative wiki that Rhetoric and Composition program directors and/or program representatives can edit and keep up to date."
rhetcomp  gradschool  wiki 
september 2013 by warnick
Publishing as a Graduate Student
Collin Brooke points to some great resources for "aspiring scholarly writers," then offers this gem: "One of the best things you can do is to locate your own role models for writing, and to read and reread them on a regular basis. I don’t do so in order to imitate them, necessarily, but I find that part of what I find inspiring about them is the way that they write, not just what they have to say. Don’t share your models with anyone–they are yours and yours alone. As soon as you start choosing your models according to what you think others expect from you, you’re sort of missing the point."
collinbrooke  advice  publishing  writing  gradschool 
june 2013 by warnick
Just Don't Go, Part 2
William Pannapacker's less-read-but-just-as-important follow-up to his famous "Just Don't Go" article: "The task of the rising generation — who will still go to graduate school for 'love' no matter what I say — is not to succeed in academe in the conventional way. It's to transform academe by finding ways to bring their passions to a wider world, where they are most needed, and, in the process, to change graduate education in the humanities into something to which students can be sent without ethical reservations."
williampannapacker  chronicle  academia  gradschool 
june 2013 by warnick
Responding to peer review
Good pointers from Matthew Might: "When submitting an article for peer review, authors are often allowed to submit rebuttals to reviews before the decision to accept or reject.... The objective in a rebuttal is to convey confidence to reviewers: We acknowledge your criticism and advice; we understand your misunderstanding; and we can fully integrate this feedback."
peerreview  academia  gradschool  advice  writing 
june 2013 by warnick
The Impossible Decision: On Whether or Not to Go to Graduate School
Joshua Rothman, in The New Yorker: "I’m very glad that I went to graduate school—my life would be different, and definitely worse, without it. But when I’m asked to give students advice about what they should do, I’m stumped. Over time, I’ve come to feel that giving good advice about graduate school is impossible. It’s like giving people advice about whether they should have children, or move to New York, or join the Army, or go to seminary."
newyorker  gradschool  advice 
april 2013 by warnick
The Praxis Network
Interesting new initiative from several big names in digital humanities: "Praxis Network programs are allied but differently-inflected humanities education initiatives, mainly focused on graduate training, and all engaged in rethinking pedagogy and campus partnerships in relation to the digital."
digitalhumanities  gradschool 
april 2013 by warnick
There are no academic jobs and getting a Ph.D. will make you into a horrible person: A jeremiad
Rebecca Schuman writes about the terrible state of the job market for literature PhDs: "Don’t do it. Just don’t. I deeply regret going to graduate school, but not ... because my doctorate ruined books and made me obnoxious.... No, I now realize graduate school was a terrible idea because the full-time, tenure-track literature professorship is extinct. After four years of trying, I’ve finally gotten it through my thick head that I will not get a job—and if you go to graduate school, neither will you."
academia  gradschool  jobmarket 
april 2013 by warnick
The Humanities, Unraveled
MLA past president Michael Bérubé: "We need to remake our programs from the ground up to produce teachers and researchers *and* something elses, but since it is not clear what those something elses might be, we haven't begun to rethink the graduate curriculum accordingly. (Anyway, we're not trained to do that! All we know how to do is to be professors!)"
michaelberube  humanities  gradschool  digitalhumanities 
february 2013 by warnick
Dear brilliant students: Please consider not doing a PhD
"Look, I am in fact a career academic. I know exactly what's attractive about it, I've made considerable financial and personal sacrifices to get myself to a position where I can work in a university environment and spend my time doing groundbreaking research. And yet."
academia  phd  gradschool  advice 
january 2013 by warnick
What if We Made Fewer Ph.D.'s?
Leonard Cassuto considers what would happen to higher education if we scaled back (and closed down) PhD programs: "If professors decided to confer only enough Ph.D.'s to fill vacant professorial positions, the more credible outcome is that lots of doctoral programs would go under. Some observers urge faculty members to take the initiative and start closing Ph.D. programs because of the dismal job market. Let's keep following this hypothetical scenario. What would happen if most Ph.D. programs in the United States did close?"
chronicle  leonardcassuto  phd  gradschool  academia 
december 2012 by warnick
Teaching Writing: The Dissertation
Bill Hart-Davidson: "As a faculty, we understand our roles on PhD dissertation committees as essentially pedagogical. We are there to help future faculty members learn to conceive, manage, and effectively write about a large-scale research project that produces new knowledge for the field. It is one of the last chances we have in an individual student’s program to exercise a pedagogy as we might understand it: sequencing activities with an attention to a learners’ progress toward some set of formalized learning outcomes."
billhartdavidson  michiganstate  dissertation  gradschool 
october 2012 by warnick
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dissertation
Stephanie Hedge, writing in Inside Higher Ed: "It doesn’t matter what I get done, how big or how small, as long as I have done something that day. Even if all I do is edit one page, or write three words, or fix a citation, I have done something, which is always better than nothing."
ihe  dissertation  gradschool  advice 
august 2012 by warnick
Beyond Wishing: What I Try to Teach My Dissertators
Karl Stolley: "It’s just a dissertation. It’s not your life’s work, and it’s certainly not your best life’s work. It’s not even your first work as a professional; it’s your last work as a student. It has to be your own, of course, in that sense of 'origina'—but you are not going to revolutionize your field of study with your dissertation."
karlstolley  phd  gradschool  advice 
july 2012 by warnick
Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education
William Deresiewicz adds another bleak article about grad school to the pile: "Graduate programs occupy a highly unusual, and advantageous, market position: they are both the producers and the consumers of academic labor, but as producers, they have no financial stake in whether their product “sells”—that is, whether their graduates get jobs."
thenation  gradschool  academia  jobmarket 
june 2012 by warnick
Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition
A Google Map showing all of the PhD programs with rhet/comp specializations, courtesy of Jim Ridolfo.
academia  phd  rhetcomp  gradschool  map 
may 2012 by warnick
Some Thoughts On Grad School
Cal Newport offers some great tips for succeeding in grad school. "A simple truth: you’ll have more urgent things on your plate than you’ll have time to complete. If you spend your days only putting out one fire after the next as they arrive in your inbox — paper review requests, articles to read, extra experiments to conduct for your advisor — you’ll get very little original research done."
gradschool  advice  academia 
april 2012 by warnick
Acceptance and Rejection
Joyce Locke Carter explains how Texas Tech's program in rhetoric and technical communication selects (and rejects) applicants to its PhD program: "We have a general philosophy about reading applications and this process of giving an answer.  We always start from an answer of 'no,' and expect an application to persuade us to say 'yes.' It doesn’t work the other way around, i.e. that an applicant has a seat in the program unless they 'blow it.' Rejections all have this in common—they have failed to persuade us to change our decision from 'no' to 'yes.'"
texastech  gradschool  phd 
february 2012 by warnick
The degree is the job: a modest proposal for the PhD
Aimée Morrison offers some sound advice about the financial aspects of getting a PhD: "If you want to do a PhD, you should do one. But! Only under this condition: you treat it like the first job of your career. Think of the PhD like a 4-6 year chunk of time, a discrete part of your life, where you earn a salary, live a real life (of the mind, of course, but also without taking loans to pay for food), and enjoy the full range of adult experiences. Don't put your life on hold for some future utopia: that ain't how this works anymore."
aimeemorrison  gradschool  advice  academia 
january 2012 by warnick
The Graduate Student as Entrepreneur - Manage Your Career - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sarah Ruth Jacobs, in the Chronicle: "Graduate students can no longer lay the groundwork for their careers by following a mythical path set forth long ago that is fast disappearing. Increasingly, Ph.D.'s need to step slightly outside of their fields to define themselves, produce tools, appeal to wider audiences, attain rare skill sets, and forge partnerships beyond their disciplines and even beyond academe."
chronicle  advice  gradschool  jobmarket 
december 2011 by warnick
A Letter From a Graduate Student in the Humanities
Katharine Polack reminds academics that there are plenty of (good!) alternatives to the tenure track: "While our profession regularly excoriates the news media for overblown rhetoric, we seem to be better at articles that induce panic about our prospects than about, for example, jobs outside academe for which we might be suited. Just because we may not all get jobs at research institutions doesn't mean we can't contribute, and make a reasonable income to boot."
katharine  polak  chronicle  academia  gradschool  jobmarket 
november 2011 by warnick
Graduate School in the Humanities: Just Don't Go
William Pannapacker, writing in the Chronicle: "Just to be clear: There is work for humanities doctorates (though perhaps not as many as are currently being produced), but there are fewer and fewer real jobs because of conscious policy decisions by colleges and universities. As a result, the handful of real jobs that remain are being pursued by thousands of qualified people — so many that the minority of candidates who get tenure-track positions might as well be considered the winners of a lottery."
williampannapacker  chronicle  academia  gradschool  advice 
november 2011 by warnick
Humanities Graduate School: A Response to Pannapacker
Karen Kelsky: "[I]t is unfortunate that 'just don’t go' — Pannapacker’s most incendiary claim — has become a red herring drawing attention away from the courageousness and power of his larger critique.  He is the first to speak the truth, in the baldest terms, without neo-marxist theoretical trappings or jargon, about the great hidden economy of the academy, and the studied silence — or in cases, sanctioned ignorance — of the professoriate that maintains it."
karenkelsky  academia  gradschool  advice 
november 2011 by warnick
The Big Lie About the 'Life of the Mind'
William Pannapacker, writing in the Chronicle: "Some professors tell students to go to graduate school 'only if you can't imagine doing anything else.' But they usually are saying that to students who have been inside an educational institution for their entire lives. They simply do not know what else is out there. They know how to navigate school, and they think they know what it is like to be a professor."
williampannapacker  chronicle  academia  gradschool  advice 
november 2011 by warnick
Open Letter to My Students: No, You Cannot be a Professor
Larry Cebula's incredibly depressing advice for students hoping to become professors: "Your professors are the last generation of tenure track faculty. Every long-term educational trend points towards the end of the professoriate. States continue to slash funding for higher education. Retiring professors are not replaced, or replaced with part-time faculty. Technology promises to provide education with far fewer teachers--and whether you buy into this vision of the future or not, state legislators and university administrators believe. The few faculty that remain will see increased service responsibilities (someone has to oversee those adjuncts!), deteriorating resources and facilities, and stagnant wages. After ten years of grad school you could make as much as the manager of a Hooters! But you won't be that lucky."
larrycebula  academia  gradschool  advice 
november 2011 by warnick
Bethany Nowviskie proposes wiping out all graduate courses in research methods and starting with a clean slate
"As its primary focus, the course must cover current humanities research skills, corpora, and trends — both digital and archival or material. But it should also address issues like: intellectual property and open access; the intersection of scholarship with the public humanities; publishing, preservation, and scholarly communication; funding and material support for research and teaching; interdisciplinary collaboration; matters of credentialing and assessment (peer review, tenure and promotion), faculty self-governance; and the under-interrogated policies that cover and shape the humanities in the modern college and university."
gradschool  research  methods  pedagogy 
november 2011 by warnick
Yes, You Can Be a Professor
Holger Syme's hopeful response to Larry Cebula: "[I]f we tell our brightest students that there is no point in pursuing an academic career, aren’t we giving up on our own fields? If we believe that the study of history, or literature, or philosophy is a worthwhile — even an important — enterprise, don’t we have a responsibility to encourage smart and dedicated undergraduates to devote their lives to that enterprise?"
holgersyme  academia  gradschool  advice 
november 2011 by warnick
Should I Use Interfolio?
Karen Kelsky provides a thorough and convincing argument for avoiding services like Interfolio. I especially like this bit: "The custom of personal letter writing reflects one of the most fundamental values of the academic community. Ph.D. level training is slow, painstaking, and highly individualized. It is not a mass market process, and it never can be."
karenkelsky  advice  gradschool  phd  interfolio  jobmarket 
september 2011 by warnick
The Praxis Program
Cool initiative from the University of Virginia Scholars' Lab: "Our goal is to equip knowledge workers for faculty positions or alternative academic careers at a moment in which new questions can be asked and new systems built. The Praxis Program produces humanities scholars who are as comfortable writing code as they are managing teams and budgets."
digitalhumanities  research  gradschool  tutorials 
september 2011 by warnick
Leave Dr. Seuss Out of It
Great advice from The Chronicle of Higher Education about writing grad school application essays. "Some applicants start their narrative with a quotation from a song, a poem, or a beloved book, including children's books. Whether that's because the applicant wants to convey that we can find profound wisdom in Dr. Seuss even after we grow up, or because the applicant has not read any other books, I do not want to know. "
gradschool  chronicle  essays  applications  advice 
february 2011 by warnick
The illustrated guide to a Ph.D.
Wonderful illustration depicting the process of getting a Ph.D. "Don't forget the bigger picture."
academia  phd  gradschool  comic  illustration 
august 2010 by warnick
An Open Letter to New Graduate Students
Brian Croxall's ProfHacker post for people beginning Ph.D. programs. Lots of good advice here.
briancroxall  advice  gradschool  profhacker  tips  phd 
august 2010 by warnick
Choosing the Right Grad School
danah boyd's take on picking a PhD program. I ended up in the perfect program for me, but this advice still would have been helpful four years ago. Bookmarked for future advisees.
gradschool  advice  phd  danahboyd 
november 2009 by warnick

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