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04/14/2023

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just one guy's thought

I might do a little research or ask around to see if there might be like-minded people in adjacent or other departments at the university. Are there psychologists or historians or English professors or anthropologists or mathematicians with whom you might 'vibe', maybe someone at a similar career stage as you? Shoot them an email or invite them to lunch!

Bill Vanderburgh

OP could try getting involved in college or university level committees, faculty senate, or similar. It will help them find people in other departments to connect with, and it might cause a decrease in antipathy toward philosophy by showing folks OP is a valuable member of the campus. (Not to put the fate of the whole field on the OP!) That might also lead to connections with folks from other departments on more than work--hobbies or activities, etc. Taking the lead on a student club can also be a way to find some meaning.

small department guy

As others note, connect with people in other departments. I really enjoyed the company of the various people I interacted with OUTSIDE my department at my first TT job. I shared research interests with a psychologist and a zoologist. I gave a lecture in a course of an anthropologist (and she in my class). I had very good relations with a few historians. I served on the WS committee. I attended events in the arts on campus and was well liked by musicians, artists, and theatre people for supporting their events and students. And I even had one philosophy colleague who I enjoyed a lot. But these relations outside the department made my stay there (and it could have been my whole career) quite rewarding. I was a bit mismatched with my philosophy colleagues, as two were what used to be called "dead wood" and one was what is still called "a huge assh+le". I was more committed to research than anyone else in the department, and I was more engaged with effective teaching, and developing my teaching. Further, I was committed to working with the administration effectively.

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