Sunday, January 08, 2006

Prospects for PhDs

Hubert, who recently got his PhD, reminded us on New Year's Day that academic job prospects are often mainly temporary and part-time. He sends links to two excellent articles on the topic.
The East Bay Express article looks specifically at the situation at UC Berkeley and other public colleges and universities in California. It is long and detailed.
The Chronicle of Higher Education offers more of a how-to article for the prospective PhD. The suggestions are very sensible. After having been on the "search committee" myself last year, I can state that reading job applications and participating in interviews does give a grad student a whole new perspective on the process. (And, fortunately, the committee I participated in was both straightforward and successful. There was not much fighting about anything, which I am sure is rare.)

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