Senin, 30 Januari 2012

An Overabundance of PhD's

Over the weekend I was catching up on some blog reading and I was quite happy to see this post on "The Professor Is In" about supply and demand for PhD's. Here is a snippet:

Never, ever, at any time, not even once, was there a discussion of the question: do these Ph.D. students we’re admitting have a reasonable chance of using their Ph.D.s for employment after leaving our program? That question

Sabtu, 07 Januari 2012

Random Geekiness: 500th Visitor!

Checking out my blog stats this morning, I realized I'd hit a milestone. There have now been over 500 visitors to this here blog, 43% of which have returned for multiple visits! We've now had readers from 28 countries, and have hit all the good parts of Canada and the USA (there are some places in the middle that don't seem to like me, but I've got both coasts covered!).

As a thank you to my

Jumat, 06 Januari 2012

Guest post: On the dire consequences of CV padding

In response to my earlier post on people misrepresenting themselves on their CVs, I received an entertaining rant from a colleague. I present it for you here in it's complete and uncensored form (i.e., if you are easily offended, maybe skip reading this):

The dire societal and professional consequences of misrepresentation/CV padding

The job market in academia is competitive. There is no

Succeeding Honestly

When people talk about academic dishonesty they are usually referring to people plagiarizing or falsifying data, or other such horrible practices. Everyone agrees that those things are horrible and unethical. But somehow more minor forms of dishonesty seem to be acceptable to a lot of otherwise ethical people. What am I talking about here? Being "creative" with one's CV.

Example #1: You have

Minggu, 01 Januari 2012

Happy New Year Y'all!

I took a break from blogging to get a manuscript written, but the first day of 2012 seemed like a good time to get back to it. Things to look forward to in upcoming posts: updates on my job interviews, a rant about people lying on their CV's/job applications, and some good advice I found on another blog about getting an academic position. 

Happy 2012!

(pic via: 9gag)

Reference letter season

It turns out, I love writing letters of recommendation. Although time consuming, it is such a positive experience. Not only are you doing so...