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  1. Here's how I'd look at it: Essential = those that everyone always cites. The go-tos. They may not be the oldest piece but, they are the starting point for dozens of other pieces of scholarship. Does that help? Alternately, find a review paper or historiography of your area and see which texts they identify as most important and go from there. A lot of building a comps list is following the bibliography from one piece to the next, then looking at who has cited the new piece and doing that again.
  2. Even if they aren't in the department's office (which I doubt they are), most universities have a library (or several!) full of books that are on one's reading list...
  3. I feel like that's the answer, provided you're getting interest from the places you think you'd want to be at.
  4. Field dependent, for sure. I have used newspaper articles as the dataset for some of the work that I've done. If you're interested in knowing how something is being represented or what the current discourse on a topic is, newspaper articles are a great place to start.
  5. Pick up a copy of Elizabeth Barkley's Student Engagement Techniques if you want some ideas about how to prompt discussion. Or use google. There's lots of info online.
  6. There's lots of relevant posts in the Teaching subforum. I'd start with this here: See also:
  7. Honestly, read, read, and read some more. Where are the gaps in our historical understanding of the Holocaust and Nazi Germany? Once you identify those, it'll be easier to come up with a prospectus.
  8. There are definitely programs with people interested in STS (science and technology studies). Looking for scholars in that field might help you narrow your search. Alternately, your interests sound like behavioral/social psychology to me.
  9. How long are the other professors willing to wait to hear back from you? Is their funding guaranteed? Are these folks at the same institution or different ones?
  10. How is that relevant to answering the question at hand?
  11. If you're interested in plants, the NIH (National Institutes of Health) website is the wrong place to go for information! (If anything, you'd want to look at USDA but even they likely won't have the answer to such a specific question.) Have you tried reviewing the book chapter Eigen posted, checking out its references, and going from there in your search?
  12. What type of interview did they state it was in their initial email asking about your availability? Personally, I think it's a bit much to ask someone to drive 6 hours for a first round interview but, if you've already completed a preliminary phone/Skype interview, then this might be an in-person interview that they're requiring of everyone. If that's the case, you'll either need to find a way to make it there in person or politely withdraw from the search.
  13. Agreed that most people overestimate what they need. Would I pay the premium for a MacBook Pro when I could get a PC with all the same features for half the money? Probably not. But that's largely a personal decision. (FWIW, I'm in the social sciences and can do 70% of my work from a Chromebook if I want to.)
  14. I'll be honest. At the end of the semester, current students are my priority. And, in the summer, I'm not under contract to do work so I only check my work email sporadically and only answer the things that are urgent. The rest can wait until I'm actually being paid to do that work again.
  15. I think this is difficult for anyone to predict, tbh. In terms of other skills, a mix of quantitative (statistics, machine learning, programming) and qualitative (psychological and cultural understandings) skills are always good to have. Depending on your more specific interests, GIS, remote sensing, and other spatial analysis tools could also be of interest or value. IMO, it makes more sense to focus in on what it is you like and could see yourself doing, rather than solely trying to figure out what employers might be seeking 3-5 years down the road. (For example, Russia and Russian studies waned in the early to mid 2000s but are likely increasing in popularity again. Who can really know what might be next?) It could also be the case that you take a couple of GIS courses and realize that though it's something an employer may want, it's not something you actually want to spend 40 hours a week doing.