A genre of tweet has been gaining steam the last couple weeks, about the complete meaninglessness of academic job application documents or processes. It's all a crap shoot, argues this line of thought. Further, the collapse in hiring has only exposed … [Read more...] about Nihilism Was Inevitable
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This story was shared by a reader recently. They have given me permission to share it here anonymously. Rarely have I seen the sickness of the PhD apparatus so clearly articulated. "Toxic hope" is another way of saying Berlant's "cruel optimism" … [Read more...] about Toxic Hope
"Why is it always the historians?" I muttered to myself after another little dustup on Twitter, another historian posting some jaunty, gaslighting, evasive, disaster-normalizing, "fellow-historians, give me your best advice for advisees applying to … [Read more...] about Why Is It Always the Historians?
Announcing a spontaneous special: The TPII staff and I, in recognition of this ... year.... decided to reopen our spring special for one week only this month. Grab it while you can! The work can be scheduled even during our packed August-Sept … [Read more...] about Deep Discount on Fall Job Doc Editing, This Week Only
CW: Academic Job Market By Prof. Noe Montez, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Tufts University This is a really long post about the academic job market and part of what we’ll be looking at … [Read more...] about Academic Job Market Stats in Theater – Guest Post
A podcast listener wrote today to ask if I have a list of favorite books about academia. The query made me realize: I DO have a list of books to which I return over and over for advice and insight, but I've never written about it. So without further … [Read more...] about The Professor Is In Top 12 Books About Academia
This is a re-post of an older Chronicle Vitae piece that has been de-activated. All the advice remains relevant. Q: I’m applying for my second tenure-track job. What are things I need to be careful of? Karen: When you have a … [Read more...] about How to Hop From One Tenure Track Job to Another
This is a repost of an old Chronicle Vitae piece that has been de-activated. All the advice remains relevant in 2021. Question: I received a tenure-track offer that I’m unsure about taking. I went to my dean and asked if the university … [Read more...] about Offers and Counteroffers
Presenting the latest in our series of Job Market Digest-slash-Client/Reader/Listener Joy! Standout line: "you two are absolutely my queer, academia super heroes/ role models." ???????????????????????????????? You might remember, but due to the … [Read more...] about More Reader/Listener/Client Joy!
Hi everyone! It's Karen. Today I'm sharing our first Job Market Digest in a long while. With the trials of 2020 it just never seemed the right time to share achievements... and then I couldn't summon the focus to do it anyway. 2020 was actually … [Read more...] about Looking Back on 2020