Monthly Archives: January 2011

The job you get

I got the job, finally, and let me tell you, it was a relief. It wasn’t the job I thought I’d get when I started looking, or even the job I still hoped for a year into my search, but … Continue reading

Posted in tenure track

Very touching

Behind his back, our advisor’s nickname was Dr. Hugsy. He was a little too hands-on with all of us – male or female, good-looking or not. His standard greeting was to put an arm around your shoulder, usually leaving it … Continue reading

Posted in grad school

Not quite Camelot

When I moved to “Excalibur University” to be department chair, it didn’t take me long to figure out that something was seriously wrong with our graduate program. The first sign should have been on my visit in the spring, when … Continue reading

Posted in tenured life

The colleague

My colleague hates me. If you ask him, naturally he says he doesn’t hate me, not personally. He just thinks I’m unqualified: The search committee never should have hired me. My research shouldn’t earn me tenure. I’m taking up, in … Continue reading

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Lead into gold

If you look hard enough, you’ll see a pattern to who drops out in every graduate program. In programs that allow part-time study, it’s usually the part-timers. Sometimes it’s the foreign students or minority students that are the most likely … Continue reading

Posted in grad school