Posts Tagged jobs

The Ph.D. Makes a Grand Comeback

Reputation.Com, headed by CEO Michael Fertik, examined common doctoral degrees and found that persons who hold them have seen their careers accelerate by more than 10% on average in terms of compensation (sadly, with the exception of the humanities and education). This research is discussed in a recent Linked In article by Fertik himself.

According to Fertik, the hard sciences, such as chemistry and physics, along with doctoral degrees in fields such as marketing and economics, all make the cut.  These degrees typically lead to higher wages and a greater increase in wages over time.

Granted – nothing is life is for certain, but as of now, the Ph.D. seems like it has made a comeback.

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Negotiating a Postdoc Position

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 – 6 p.m central! ONLINE!

Join a webinar hosted by the Institute for Broadening Participation on Tuesday, April 30th at 6 p/m/ CENTRAL (7 p.m. Eastern time). An experienced panel (both current postdocs and faculty members) will share their perspectives on this topic, followed by a Question & Answer period. Preregistration is requested! Simply sign up for the event below, through EDGE and we’ll send you the information you need.

You can submit questions before the webinar, online at:

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Know What to Expect When You Graduate

Graduating with a Ph.D. is difficult enough on its own, without having to worry about paying off student loans and searching for available tenure-tracks across the country.  Most of you out there will find adjunct positions to help you along the way to your ultimate career goals.  So – know what to expect.

The Adjunct Project helps current and future adjunct faculty get a feel for salaries and what to expect as a cultural “norm” as far as work is concerned.  There is even an advice page.  Get suggestions and assistance from “near peers,” or colleagues who are a few years ahead of you.  They are blazing the path that is closest to your current experience so their advice won’t be outdated.

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What I Discovered in this Article

The Chronicle’s article (March 2013) entitled, Ph.D’s Spend Big Bucks Hunting for Academic Jobs, With No Guaranteed Results is very interesting.  What did I learn?

1. Long Titles are no good.

2. How can someone rack up  $100,000 in school debt while working AND publishing a chapter in a book?

But most importantly…

3. Whoever the unemployed graduate is that created Interfolio is a GENIUS!

I read so many articles on the difficulty of finding tenure-track positions, the job market slump, the rising cost of education, and the overall economic instability of the American workforce, that the topics are now dull (and depressing).  The words blur together and my mind starts to wonder – who has a good job? Well, I have a pretty good job.  The guy writing the article may have a good job.  The guy IN the article may have a good job at this point, after all the strife.  But really, its the employes of the SERVICES that are referenced in the article that have the good life.  They took a look at their situation, saw others in it, and developed a solution.  Mind blowing, right?

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Digital Humanties – an Expensive Word

The Feb. 18th article in the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled,Stop Calling it ‘Digital Humanities,‘” is a great article encouraging small colleges and liberal arts schools to take part in the digital humanities (DH) movement.  The first suggestion:

“A persistent criticism of the digital-humanities movement is that it is elitist and exclusive because it requires the resources of a major university…Academics and administrators at small liberal-arts colleges may read about DH and, however exciting it sounds, decide that it ill suits their teaching mission.” The Chronicle – Feb. 2013

The article goes on to list several reasons why small schools have an advantage over large schools with big budgets when it comes to the DH movement.

“How does this help me?” the liberal arts major asked, clearly communicating a jaded and dim outlook on the job market.

For starters – not all small schools know they have an advantage.  For the liberal arts major this means OPPORTUNITY! If a small college has a posting for a teaching position, you now have an edge on the competition.  Stating how you can bring the DH movement to a small school in a big way will definitely get the attention of an employer who has decided, “No thanks, to expensive.”

Further, you can show how DH can bring faculty together in their research efforts, a task that is notoriously difficult.

A small college may not have many people who are openly experimenting with the digital humanities, but there are likely to be many who are interested in some aspect of it, especially the ways it can enhance teaching and learning. In particular, reach out to the library staff and the information technologists….Departments such as communication, computer science, and education often include potential allies as well, because they are interested in new media and social media, coding and Web design, instructional technology, hybrid pedagogy, and assessment.”
The Chronicle – Feb. 2013

One of the best ways to get a job is to show that not only are you the best person for it, but that you will add to the success of the institution overall.

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Wisconson Anyone?

I heard they have good cheese and an open Assistant Director position.

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Start Lookin’ Now Folks!

As someone who has spent a large amount of time studying career theory, one piece of uber-advice I will share with you is to get to know your job market.  In fact, ask it on a date, take it to a nice Italian dinner, and then not call it (Anchor Man reference).

“How can I do that?” you ask.  Visit a few of the sites below.  Type in key words from your field.  It is your responsibility to read job specs, know the qualifications most universities require, and then blow those requirements to smithereens with your awesomeness.

Inside Higer Ed.

Higher Ed Jobs 

Humanities and Social Sciences Net

Edu Cause

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#Alt-ac – Why You Need to Know About It

Want to teach?  Want  tenured-track position?  Want to do your research at a top tier university?  Post-docs are applying by the droves (900 applications per position is apparently not uncommon) to get their foot, hand, leg, whatever, in the proverbial door of the house that research built.  Don’t freak.  You can still get a satisfying position at a university. 

The recent emergence of Alternative Academic positions allows the best and brightest to use their teaching and research skills in specialist positions.  The term ”specialist” at the university level often gets a bad wrap for being strictly administrative.  WRONG! In today’s university culture, that is not always so.  Specialist positions encompass diverse tasks, including researching, assisting students, teaching and hosting workshops, and even fancy award dinners here and there.  Learn a lesson from a pro:

“#Alt-ac scholars interested in pursuing intellectual work that incorporates academic and professional citizenship is a positive trend.
                       - Tanya Clement Assoc. Director, DCC @ U of Maryland-College Park

So please remember to relax if you don’t make the cut for the associate professor position you and your 20 colleagues will all apply for the same day mechanical checks come back error free.  And, don’t feel like you need to hide the fact that traditional academia is only ONE of your MANY options. 

Get out. Explore.  Its OK.  You can even document your adventures via abstract form and submit them to Brian Croxall, one of the the brains behind the #Alt-Ac movement.  There are lots of positions that require an overdeveloped, super smart, highly intellectual brain in (and outside of) the university system.  How do I know this?  I happened to get one of those positions.

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