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09/15/2016

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Jerry Green

Yes! Great idea Marcus! And readers, I'm always open to suggests for blog posts. I'd much rather write about what you find interesting than what I find interesting.

Damon P. Suey

I'm not sure if early-grad school counts as early-career, but over the past couple weeks I've found that grad school introduces an entirely new kind of relationship with faculty. As an undergrad, faculty were distant enough to be treated as a kind of authority figure; even if that wasn't weren't strictly their role, you treated them the same way you might have treated your high school principal.

But as a grad student (at least at my school), the faculty want or expect to know you personally, and tend to treat you as something like a colleague rather than a student. As someone who's never really had a professional relationship before, I'm not sure how this is supposed to work. Maybe this isn't as widespread an issue as I'd imagine, but I'd love to see a post with some advice on adjusting to and navigating these new relationships.

patrick arnold

I could use help by getting a job. Anything will do, really. I am passionate about having health insurance and affording to eat. I will use any of my skills learned in philosophy grad school for any purposes just-about-what-so-ever at the lowest minimum pay in the relevant field. Please hire me for anything and I will do it 10x better than any other applicant at half the cost. I'm serious, ty.

Marcus Arvan

Hi Damon: I think you raise a really important issue! I'd be happy to write a post on it ASAP.

European assistant prof. in North America

Dear Marcus,

thank you for this post.

I am an European and I am an assistant professor in North America. It was not easy to land this job (or a job at all, for that matter). As many know, Europe is in deep economic troubles and the job market does not offer many opportunities. There are mostly post-docs out there.
This is why many European-trained philosophers try the American job market. Yet, it seems to me that we have a huge disadvantage when we compete with American-trained candidates. Europeans lack pedigree (unless they're from Oxford) and a network. You may come from Very-Prestigious-University-on-the-Continent but barely anybody has ever heard of your institution.
For me it would be useful to discuss these issues:
(a) does it make sense at all for European-trained PhDs to try the American job market, if they are not from Oxford or another highly respected UK institution? Or is it a mere waste of time?
(b) suppose it still make sense to try the job market, is there a way we can address the issue of lack of pedigree and of a network for European candidates?
Thanks.

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