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  1. I think the point he was making was that it might be valuable for an applicant to sense the POI, but probably not for the POI. At heart, I think this directly points to the fact that admissions vary widely program to program and a good pre-application interview can have an effect on your admission or not.
  2. Re: Reaching out to faculty. This week, Kevin Kruse tweeted the following. Responses within our field varied enormously and this tells you that admissions are not the same across the board. Kruse is kind of an exception because he is incredibly famous. However, I wouldn't be surprised if others in other departments feel the same way. Notice how he explains that he is one of many Americanists who make a decision and that decision does not depend on that first email or first zoom meeting. In other words, reaching out might not do a lot in terms of admissions. That said, as many
  3. Yes, grad stipends are pretty low and most people work (unless they have help from parents or other forms of non-work income*). In addition to stipends, you should look at other items in the package (eg, when I got to my program we "only" had health insurance, but thanks to the union we had vision and dental on my last year). Conversely, check other expenses you have to incur (we had a registration fee of ~$300/semester which crippled our economy in August, January, and May). Like you, I could barely make ends meet. Meaning, I could live, but I couldn't get any new clothes if mine w
  4. Oh, I misunderstood. I thought you were talking about their having a PhD being the key to publication.
  5. This might also be the case because universities are increasingly providing funding for publication costs towards copyrights payments, indexation, and/or digital books. It's more or less a given these days. While I know people that have published as independent scholars, I *think* the difficulty in landing a book contract with an university press might be that they don't have that funding presses count on. I have friends who got published at top-tier journals as graduate students (ABDs). I think the institutional affiliation might be what got them in.
  6. You can email them now but don't take it personally if they don't respond. Follow up in two-three weeks. When I was applying, I sent out emails over the summer and received responses across the board.
  7. I teach in a certificate. Late to this but: bear in mind that certificates have their own course requirements. While it might be technically possible to do both, you'll probably won't have enough credits to fulfill their requirements plus the courses that actually will be useful to you. Also, imagine certificates not as certifications of expertise but as opportunities to network, explore methods, get campus experience in area that is of interest to you, etc. In other words, it's more of an opportunity to build your CV than an attestation of anything. For example, in DH, certificates
  8. Additionally, right now many folks are doing digital humanities which, for some, includes big data or quantitative methods. Maybe you just need to polish your search terms.
  9. I'm very late in the game (grading) but after the worst year on the TT, I can go back to this anonymous forum. This conversation has been very fruitful. I'll add some thoughts, but I agree with much of what has been say. First, yes, as @pssteinthe job market is really abysmal that top program graduates find themselves in positions that might have looked unthinkable twenty years ago. An alum from my program working at a small branch of a regional university once told us that his department avoided hiring people from top programs because those are the ones that don't want to tea
  10. When I was applying, my first intention was to go to the UK. A friend suggested the US because there is more funding available.
  11. I applied to a school that had waivers but I did not use it because you had to apply two months earlier and I had no materials ready. The only waivers I've seen are school-wide, Departments don't have power over that (and hence they don't get that money).
  12. Late summer, early fall. As many as you can afford. It's nice that some faculty think that students have $800 for admissions... that was not my case.
  13. Of course they can ask. My point was that the program will not give those explanations unless you ask for them.
  14. Actually, it's not complicated. Many things could have happened that are not up to you. Maybe Prof A is on leave next year (academic, medical, or family), maybe they will serve at another capacity (like chair or DGS) in the department and they want to make sure you have another professor to reach out to, or –worst case scenario for you– they are leaving the department. In any case, no one owes you an explanation. Until you receive instructions otherwise, you continue to correspond with the person you were corresponding. At some point, they will let you know if you need to do so
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