“The degree to which those involved in teaching and academic management spend more and more of their time involved in tasks which they secretly—or not so secretly—believe to be entirely pointless” is a hot topic on academic social media this week, owing to an article about it by anthropologist David Graeber (LSE) in The Chronicle of Higher Education. (more…)..
I’m asked from time to time which undergraduate courses best prepared me for working at Goldman Sachs and in the government. People assume I’ll list courses in economics or finance, but I always answer that the key was Professor Demos’s philosophy course and the conversations about existentialism in coffee shops around campus.
George Yancey, a professor of sociology at the University of North Texas who works on anti-Christian attitudes in the United States, has researched bias in academia, and recently shared some information he had collected regarding philosophers’ hiring preferences. (more…)
Richard Feldman, professor of philosophy at the University of Rochester and former dean of the university’s College of Arts, Sciences & Engineering, will be interim President of the University of Rochester, beginning in March, 2018. (more…)
Academic Placement Data and Analysis (APDA) has updated its philosophy graduate program survey infogram with more recent information and comments. (more…)
Paul C. Taylor, currently professor of philosophy and African American studies, as well as associate dean of undergraduate studies, at Penn State, has accepted a position as W. Alton Jones Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. (more…)
Andrew Chignell, currently professor of philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania (and before that, at Cornell University), will be joining the faculty at the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) at Princeton University as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor. (more…)
Patrick Tomlin, currently associate professor of political philosophy in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading, will be taking up a position as reader in philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick. (more…)
MARGY (Managing Academic Recommendations Gratis Yay) is a free automated academic letter of recommendation service. It had its initial trial run at the start of the year (following earlier beta testing) and is up and running for the Fall 2017 academic job market. (more…)
The Humanities Indicators project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has released new data regarding graduate degree completion in the humanities, number of jobs advertised per discipline, and the demographics of humanities graduate students. (more…)
Michael Martin, currently Professor of Philosophy at University College, London and Mills Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at UC Berkeley, will be moving to Oxford University to become the next Wilde Professor of Mental Philosophy. (more…)
At the end of February, Gregory Wheeler left the philosophy faculty at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) to take up a position as Professor of Theoretical Philosophy and Computer Science at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. (more…)
Most of the students in our undergraduate philosophy course, even most of philosophy majors, and quite a number of those with graduate degrees in philosophy—do not become professors of philosophy. What do they do with their degrees? Who can we point out to our current students as examples of those who make use of what they’ve learned studying philosophy outside of..
Carolyn Dicey Jennings (UC Merced) posts that the final report for the Academic Placement Data and Analysis project is complete. She’ll eventually be posting more about it, but I repost some of the information from the report below. One thing worth noting is that though 169 programs were contacted, only 87 added or updated information to the project database. If you..
Suppose you wanted to choose a career based on how much good it will allow you to do. Assessing careers with that in mind is one of the aims of 80,000 Hours, a non-profit organization co-founded by philosopher Will MacAskill. The group looks at four aspects of a job: (1) Role Impact — the extent to which the career enables you to help others; (2) Career Capital — ..
A group of rather successful philosophers currently or formerly employed at universities in the UK have put together a guide for students and other applicants from US universities who are interested in academic jobs in the UK, and kindly offered to allow me to post it here. The authors of the guide wish to remain anonymous because, apparently, human resources depart..
You received your PhD from a major research university. Your advisors work at a major research university. Your placement director works at a major research university. But if you are on the job market, you are likely applying to some jobs that are not at major research universities. Among the various other institutions of higher learning you might be applying for j..
The Career Move That Dare Not Speak Its Name
by Josh Parsons
My sister works in advertising, an industry where high-pressure workplaces are at least as common as they are..