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    History, ABD. Working in private sector.

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  1. I had a classmate who had a JD. He could not get his head around the fact that the graduate school and the department viewed the degree as a professional degree, not even the equivalent of a master's degree (he wanted to transfer law school courses to get credit for M.A. requirements). I think that one of the key intellectual distinctions between a JD and a Ph.D is that the latter requires one to create new knowledge, the former does not.
  2. While @jbc568's reply was not convivial, I think it would be a mistake for you not to consider very carefully the guidance it offers. As a graduate student you will be expected to generate answers to your own questions. IME, using the application process to develop that skill is very beneficial. Using your OP as an example, providing the names of what one thinks are top journals and then asking for feedback sends an entirely different message than asking for suggestions.
  3. @iosman001, I don't think so. I don't think they will punish you for one W in the face of multiple national and international crises. You could call the program and ask the question directly if that will help you to relax so you can get some rest this summer and then start getting ready for your next term.
  4. Please do what you can to monitor yourself during your breaks and free time so that those intervals are truly free.
  5. Why is your thesis director offering this guidance repeatedly? What are the benefits and challenges of taking an extra semester to prepare for your exam? What can you do to focus more on preparing for the exam and to put aside temporarily your other concerns?
  6. A way to address this question is to use a resource like LinkedIn to identify positions similar to the ones you have in mind as "low level" and to look at the work/education experience of incumbents who have been hired within the last several years. A question. Would you be willing to focus on the administrative and financial aspects of curation if those skills led to more opportunities?
  7. If your program is going to be on line, and especially if you're gong to be teaching, I very strongly recommend that you ask your department in writing for policy on how to use technology. The policy should have enough "how to," "do-s", and "do nots" that allow you as end users to protect your risk. IMO, the policy should answer questions including: What are a T.A.'s responsibilities as a T.A. if a student does not have access to Zoom? What may T.A.'s do if a student broadcasts from his or her residence wearing controversial items of clothing, or displaying firearms, or is disruptive? Ideally, the policy will include measures for you to be reimbursed for license fees if not also network access and technology. (It's my position that departments should subsidize fully professional accounts that T.A.'s use and mandate that all section meetings be recorded., and that T.A.s be issued equipment that belongs to the school.) I understand and share some of your frustration. I do ask that you understand that many academic institutions are realizing how dependent they are on revenue generated by people being on campus and the revenue generated by taxes on a municipal, county, and state level. In some cases, institutions may be deciding that they simply do not have a choice -- either open campus or start firing people as a broader plan of shutting down entire programs and departments.
  8. Here's the link to a recording of the discussion. There's a "commercial break" about a third of the way through that features a conversation that includes some folks from Deloitte. I would not fast forward through this conversation.
  9. I would treat syllabi as the intellectual property of the academics that developed them or of the institution they work for. I would also, as a sign of respect, ask for permission to use someone else's work product. (And if they work for an institution with a restrictive IP policy, they may not have the legal ability to grant permission. https://www.wiley.com/network/latest-content/who-owns-your-syllabus-a-primer-on-intellectual-property-for-faculty
  10. I am an analyst at a consultancy. One may have a better chance of getting a job if one looks for opportunities at firms addressing the impact of COVID-19 on various industries that do not have a significant public sector component. You will likely benefit from demonstrating the ability to work effectively with limited training.
  11. I just attended an online panel discussion hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education and sponsored by Deloitte. The topic was "Sustaining the Private College Business Model in a Global Crisis". The discussion was recorded and I will post a link when it becomes available. For me, the key take away is that COVID-19 has accelerated the time of reckoning for smaller colleges and universities. These institutions have to figure out simultaneously how to reopen campuses for in person instruction and how to make the transition towards sustainable business models. Overall, there is no change to my previous guidance. When developing a list of programs of interest, spend a significant amount of time doing your due diligence on the parent institution's financial health and strategic plan. However, I would add that if you are considering master's programs at a smaller school, expand the scope of your due diligence to include the risks involved in attending a school that may be in severe financial stress within the next five years. Will "guaranteed" funding really be available in year two? Will POIs be able to give you the support you need when they themselves may be under profound stress about their jobs? I would also recommend that anyone making the decision to attend on campus classes the coming academic year take a long hard look at @TMP 's post here.
  12. If such an outcome comes to pass, I would recommend that you not take it personally. With each doctorate it issues, an institution puts its reputation on the line, as do committee members.
  13. As an Americanist, I respectfully disagree. Because of the level of turmoil in the United States today, I think that @Sleepless in skellefteƄ would benefit from submitting application materials that reflect an understanding of the current relevance of the religious experiences of immigrants from Northern European countries towards the end of the long nineteenth century, an interval of U.S. history that saw the spreading and deepening of racism. @Sleepless in skellefteƄ, this isn't to suggest that you need to change your intended course of study / fields of interest or take a teleological view of the past. I am suggesting that you may benefit if you prepare your materials with the understanding that a wider range of factors beyond an applicant's interests, skills, and potential can come into play--especially when a season is intensely competitive. How can you demonstrate that you will make a positive addition to a program in an era of turmoil that may soon match the late 1960s? Please consider the benefits of considering some "big picture" questions including: Why is religious history important today? How does your take on religious history align or differ with the way social and/or cultural historians view matters of faith? How did the religious experiences of Northern European immigrants help them to endure the intensifying grind of everyday life in modern America? My $0.02.
  14. I recommend that you look into staying where you are while having the professor who is moving remain on your committee and being your mentor. If you look into going with him, I recommend that you should not be surprised if you are told that you will have to start from square one if you come to the U.S. from Asia, unless you can get something in writing from all approving authorities at your destination, including the graduate school, the department, the DGS, and people who would serve on your qualifying exam committee and even your dissertation committee. If the person's decision to move has come as a surprise, you might want to take another look at your relationship with him.
  15. Please keep in mind that as a woman of color, you make a powerful and positive statement for diversity every time you step onto campus, build your skills, and participate in conversations. Insofar as consequences, there are different kinds of negative ones. The one I recommend you keep in the forefront of your thought is the perception of "time on task." A member of your department can ask the question "If @thesubalternspeaks is doing X, Y, and Z, then how is she getting her work done?" It is the kind of a question that can give pause to even those professors who are empathetic to what you're doing." My recommendation is that you develop a range of tactics that will allow you to square the circle of being true to your vision of who you want to be as a person, of being an agent of change, and of developing your skills. I ask that your tactics reflect an understanding that racism in America is older than the United States itself, that the journey of meaningful change is not linear, and, perhaps most important (from my perspective) is that you are a "strategic asset" that is going to be in this fight for decades. The ability to pick your spots, to know that you can find a balance between living your life as you like (itself a victory) and fighting for what you believe. Insofar as the hiring practices of an institution, please consider the potential benefits of clandestine activities, the first of which would be to find out what kinds of considerations (professional, personal, and political) drive decisions to recruit, to hire, and to promote. Sometimes, knowing the story behind the story can help one decide what to do next.
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