Getting a literature Ph.D. will turn you into an emotional trainwreck, not a professor.
"Who wouldn’t want a job where you only have to work five hours a week, you get summers off, your whole job is reading and talking about books, and you can never be fired? Such is the enviable life of the tenured college literature professor, and all you have to do to get it is earn a Ph.D. So perhaps you, literature lover, are considering pursuing this path.
Well, what if I told you that by 'five hours' I mean '80 hours,' and by 'summers off' I mean 'two months of unpaid research sequestration and curriculum planning'..."
posted by dfm500
on Apr 5, 2013 -
In 2003, only two colleges charged more than $40,000 a year for tuition, fees, room, and board. Six years later more than two hundred colleges charged that amount. What happened between 2003 and 2009 was the start of the recession. By driving down endowments and giving tax-starved states a reason to cut back their support for higher education, the recession put new pressure on colleges and universities to raise their price.
When our current period of slow economic growth will end is anybody’s guess, but even when it does end, colleges and universities will certainly not be rolling back their prices. These days, it is not just the economic climate in which our colleges and universities find themselves that determines what they charge and how they operate; it is their increasing corporatization.
If corporatization meant only that colleges and universities were finding ways to be less wasteful, it would be a welcome turn of events. But an altogether different process is going on [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Nov 14, 2012 -
wrote] a crazy dissertation. It’s about maps, mental maps, getting kicked off a bus, psychogeography, single element veridicality analysis, Europe, cartography, Kevin Lynch, passed-out subjects, Peter Gould, psychogeomorphology, the Shirelles, and the invention of “Environmental a” – a language for mapping. Among other things. It is driving the wrong way down the one-way-street of academia.
posted by barnacles
on Jun 18, 2012 -
In this annual contest
, each dance must be based on a scientist's Ph.D. research, and the scientist must be part of the dance. Biomedical engineer Joel Miller has won Best Ph.D. Dance of 2011
. The crowning ceremony will be held at TEDxBrussels
in Belgium on November 22, 2011. No word yet on whether the winning choreography will be performed. Previously danced here
posted by Laminda
on Oct 23, 2011 -
The Three Minute Thesis
(3MT) competition challenges higher degree students (PhD and MPhil) from Australia and New Zealand to communicate their research in three minutes to a non-specialist audience. Contestants are judged according to communication style, comprehension and engagement criteria. Here's the 2011 Winner, Matthew Thompson (University of Queensland
): Suspects, science and CSI
. [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Oct 17, 2011 -
PhDChallenge.org proposed a challenge
: To have the phrase "I smoke crack rocks" included in a peer reviewed academic paper. The winner is Gabriel Parent from Carnegie Mellon, who included it in his paper
posted by reenum
on Dec 16, 2010 -
One psychology professor, looking at the oversupply of PhDs for a very limited number of academic jobs, thinks that programs should simply stop admitting PhD students
, and has decided not to add any others to her own lab.
posted by grouse
on Aug 18, 2010 -
The Real Science Gap:
“There is no scientist shortage,” declares Harvard economics professor Richard Freeman, a pre-eminent authority on the scientific work force. Michael Teitelbaum of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a leading demographer who is also a national authority on science training, cites the “profound irony” of crying shortage — as have many business leaders, including Microsoft founder Bill Gates — while scores of thousands of young Ph.D.s labor in the nation’s university labs as low-paid, temporary workers, ostensibly training for permanent faculty positions that will never exist.
posted by ennui.bz
on Jun 14, 2010 -
There is a potential crisis
(PDF) looming in business education. Unlike many other fields in higher education, demand for qualified faculty well outstrips supply. The result is a strong job market and high pay
In response to this potential shortage a number of things are being done. The accounting profession has recently started a program designed to increase the number of professors in the field called the Accounting Doctoral Scholars Program
. This program provides fellowships of $30,000 a year for 30 students. The AACSB
has created a website
to promote getting a PhD in business.
The PhD project
is designed to increase the number of minority PhD business professors. [more inside]
posted by bove
on Oct 16, 2008 -
The Mathematics Genealogy Project.
A service of the Department of Mathematics
at North Dakota State University
, the project intends to "compile information about ALL the mathematicians of the world. [...] It is our goal to list all individuals who have received a doctorate in mathematics." Seven generations from one of my recent professors back to Gauss
, six back to Felix Klein
(of Erlangen Program
fame), eight back to Jacobi
, and nine back to Poisson
, then Lagrange
, then Euler
, then the Bernoulli brothers
, then Leibniz
, and then it blew up at infinity.
posted by gramschmidt
on Dec 21, 2004 -
Can't seem to finish your thesis?
Then this site may be for you. It's a support group for those of us who just can't seem to write up and finish off that Ph.D./Masters degree. It'll either give you hope and motivation or it'll make you more complacent. "Well, I guess I'm not the only one who's taking a long time; I won't stress out about it anymore".
posted by percine
on Jul 14, 2002 -