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rheya19 last won the day on October 3 2017

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About rheya19

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  • Birthday 08/19/1981

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    Iowa City, IA
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    Early Christian history, material culture, ethnic studies and social history
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    Religious Studies

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  1. University of Iowa has a very good Digital Humanities program, and there are a couple of religious studies professors who do DH. However, I don't know if their Islamic Studies prof, Ahmed Souaiaia, does DH or how open he would be to it. You could email and ask, though.
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    Thinking about divinity school 6 years after undergrad

    I applied to Religious Studies programs about 6-7 years after my undergrad. I majored in Asian Studies, spend 5 years in Asia learning Chinese and teaching, and then applied to early Christian history master's programs with no applicable languages, and I got in to a top-tier program. It's all about showing that you understand the field and what you want to study within it and paint your background as a story that has prepared you for this new challenge in unconventional ways that make you a unique and insightful scholar. Basically. Feel free to ask me any questions that you have. I'd be happy to help in anyway I can.
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    What's happening at UChicago?

    I have a few friends who got their PhDs at UC's Div School. There are serious leadership problems there right now that go beyond these articles, though the Mdiv program is still doing pretty well. If you have any other options for grad school, I'd choose one of those. PM for details, if you want.
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    Gender Discrimination

    When encountering trolls, I try to remind myself that making up fake online identities in order to derail conversations with strangers is likely their only sense of importance or happiness in their lives, at which point I could be the bigger person and feel bad for them, but instead I take a page out of their red-pill books and just don't care.
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    Gender Discrimination

    Fear us.
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    Gender Discrimination

    Emotional appeal is not fallacious. It's human. I could appeal to someone to not yell at someone else because they're hurting that person's feelings, or to support war refugees on the basis of empathy for the refugees' emotional trauma, and those would not be fallacious arguments. Emotion is not necessarily false. It is simply another way of interpreting the world and other people. And the inability to accept others' emotions as reason to treat them with dignity (ie believing they are being discriminated against and are unhappy about it despite not providing you a data set and chart) is neither mature nor healthy.
  7. At my program you have the opportunity to teach intro to composition with your own class of 15-20 students (the university uses grad students to let all undergrads be able to take composition in a smaller class setting.) If you do so, you get a week of teaching orientation before and weekly professional development meetings during your first semester teaching it. Most religious studies grad students are TAs for religious studies courses, though, and training is up to the professor. Sometimes we can TA for professors outside of our departments as well, since we do a lot of interdisciplinary work anyway. After we finish our exams, we can apply to teach a course independently and even suggest our own curriculum. I'm looking forward to designing a course around early Christianity and material culture someday!
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    Current student funk

    In my experience, it's to be expected. I did a two-year MA and am in my first year of a PhD program now. I've definitely had semesters in which I was stimulated, supported, and productive, and ones in which I was just pushing through to the end of the semester. I do hope next year gets better for you. And now that you know the faculty you prefer working with, maybe you can make that work for you as your planning fall semester. Good luck!
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    Humor: Lego Grad Student

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    Immunization Issues

    When I started my PhD program in the fall, I had trouble finding official documentation of my vaccines too, just a piece of paper from my MA institution saying that they had record of receiving that documentation from me years ago. So I emailed the healthcare office at my current school and explained to them my situation. They told me to send over the document that I had, and the woman I communicated with was very kind about it. She accepted most of the immunizations and just had me get an MMR booster (which was free). I would say email whoever is in charge of receiving your immunization forms, let them know what you are and aren't able to find, and see what they say.
  11. There are definitely professors with this perspective on their students-- that they should live for their research and put everything else second, but those professors usually have no personal lives or very dysfunctional personal lives themselves. Luckily, there are also a lot of professors who recognize that you have to put your most important relationships first, and that your research is ultimately a job. Are there any other professors in your school that you'd be comfortable talking to?--not about your advisor, but about your situation with your girlfriend? But honestly, just remember that you don't need anyone's permission to live your life. Your advisor can stomp his feet, but this is your decision, and you live with the consequences, not him. Don't feel guilty for taking care of your girlfriend or yourself. Don't let anyone make you feel guilty; just do what's right for you. And who knows? Maybe if you move and still stay on top of your work (because you will no doubt be just fine), you might change your advisor's mind on the topic of balancing personal lives and research... or at least nudge his mind in the right direction.
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    Having a baby in grad school?

    I agree completely. My interview only covered research and potential career plans, but after they made an offer and when I visited, I asked a lot of those questions. They even set me up on a coffee date with a student who has a son so I could ask her about it. Paula is right that if any school is going to penalize you for having a family, then you should know that up front so you can pick a different school. ?
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    Admissions Chances for an Army Vet/Aspiring Chaplain

    My husband got his MDiv at UChicago's Div School. While their academic programs are going through some leadership issues, their Divinity program is strong and highly interfaith. My husband's cohort included a Mormon, an Agnostic, and a Jew along with a healthy diversity of Christian denominations. The Mormon student (now graduate) is a Reserve chaplain now, and he ended up not being endorsed by the LDS Church because of his views on marriage equality. He found an alternate endorsing group called the Federation of Christian Churches, which endorses Christian-ish chaplains for hospitals and the military. I don't know if they would endorsed a pagan, but my point is that there are little organizations around that exist to endorse "non-traditional" chaplains. Finally, I don't know if you know what branch of the Armed Services you want to go into, but some have more evangelical chaplains than others, and they can make it very difficult for you to do your job. But you're right, that every branch needs chaplains like you now. If you want, I can probably put you in touch with that UC grad. PM me if you do. ?
  14. Do your evaluations give you the means and medians for instructors/TAs in your department? That usually gives me a good sense of how I compare. But in all honesty, the numbers are not as important as the written feedback. Students don't always know how to rate us on a 1-5 scale, so the ratings don't really mean that much. But if you see two or more people leave the same written feedback for you, then that's something you can use to improve the course. I hope that helps.

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