I Know What I Did Do This Summer! Really!

What a whirlwind two weeks! This class has been such an intense experience for me, which is not something that I had expected. It was hard. I found myself having such a hard time writing about myself that I actually found my dissertation a welcome distraction from my resumes and cover letters! So, oddly enough,…

It Takes a Village to Find a Job in This Crappy Economy

One of the predominant questions that I have taken away from this course is that regarding the role of faculty in career development for students of the humanities. Articles that people have brought up in this class, such as Alexandra Lorde’s “Whose Job Is It Anyway?” (which Whitney posted) and Patricia Okker’s “It’s the Faculty’s…

Emotional Trainwrecks Unite!

  I first read this article when it was making the rounds on social media last year. I remember one friend, who has had a terrible time on the job market, posting it with the words “Why yes.” It was really rather poignant and sad.   This piece, much like William Pannapacker’s “Graduate School in…

The Dangers of Victimizing PhDs — Rachael’s Take

This brief article, a response to Patrick Iber’s touching “(Probably) Refusing to Quit,” articulates an important position, one which I think bears repeating. Elizabeth Segran’s thesis is, in fact, one which I recently found myself articulating to my sister-in-law after she (the sister-in-law) asked me about the “adjunct problem,” as we see so often articulated…