Professional Development

Tips for the Job Talk
By Gabriel Martinez on September 23, 2010

The main fear when speaking is "will I sound like an idiot.  Will I be found out for the fraud, the ignoramous that I am."  If you know exactly what you are saying, you won't be.

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A Year on the Job Market, Part 1
By Anonymous on September 21, 2010

These are tough times for prospective professors in the humanities and social sciences. Of course, the road from grad school to tenure-track employment hasn’t been easy for a long time. But these are especially tough times: a recent article suggests that there were about 25% fewer jobs in political science at the assistant professor level last year than the year before (there were 40% fewer compared to four years ago). This year probably won’t be much better—in fact, it could be worse. Facing this reality, there are three important questions that every job candidate is forced to consider

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Liberal Arts Majors, LSAT, GMAT, and Pay
By Gabriel Martinez on September 20, 2010

To do well in a professional-school entrance exam you need to have majored in a related pre-professional field, right?  Wrong.

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A Reflection on Placement Interviews: Asking Questions
By Anonymous on September 14, 2010

Like anyone else on the market, I’d like a job.  But not at any cost.

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The Christian College in the Pluralist Polis: Part III (of III)
By Thaddeus Kozinski on September 14, 2010

What, then, are the effects of this peculiar idolatry of pluralism on colleges? One symptom is curriculum deformation.

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Does it pay to go to a more selective school?
By Gabriel Martinez on September 10, 2010

It's smarts, and not reputation of school, that counts: if you are smart enough to get into a high-reputation school, then you should be able to have a bigger paycheck twenty years later, whether you actually attended it or not.

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Herzog and us
By Anonymous on September 09, 2010

If Herzog isn't required reading for all of us late modern academics, I don't know what is.

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Newsflash: The Humanities Are Still Useless
By RJ Snell on August 31, 2010

Is contemplation doomed when even the teachers of humanities are skeptical?

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A Department of the Core Curriculum?
By Gabriel Martinez on August 16, 2010

I’m curious to see what you think of this idea:  a “Department” of the Core Curriculum, with its own chair, through which professors (who belong to departments but who teach in the Core) are evaluated for their service to this “general education” department, and encouraging (in the ways that normal departments do) formal and informal conversations.

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An Interview with J. Budziszewski
By Steven McGuire on August 13, 2010

Lehrman Fellow Steven McGuire interviews J. Budziszewksi, Professor, Departments of Government and Philosophy about the natural law.

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