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  1. Maybe this is just at my school, so ignore me if this isn't how your school is set up, but department chairs here don't have time to "mediate" relationships between students and professors unless it's a big deal (e.g. someone in conflict with their dissertation committee chair or retaliation for a sexual harassment complaint or something). I'm not saying I agree with this approach in academia, but it's kind of the way it works, at least at my school. I understand feeling hurt when a professor you cared about didn't respond in a way that was helpful (I've had that happen; it stinks!), but from your description, it doesn't sound to me like she did anything professionally wrong. Professors often don't have time to respond to emails, and she went out of her way to respond and tell you that she couldn't help with a project that wasn't even for a class you were taking with her. Not responding to the follow-up to that (which again had nothing to do with being enrolled in a current class) is hardly a reportable offense. It's also important to recognize the context in which your complaint was made. Women have historically had an immensely difficult time getting tenure in academic institutions that have historically been dominated by men, and are often labeled "moody" or something similar (over-emotional, bossy, etc.). If I were her, I certainly wouldn't appreciate the exchange you described turning into a matter with the dean that could tarnish her record and make future employment challenging. I'm glad you apologized for that, but I just wanted to lay this out so you can better understand why the relationship might have gone downhill. As the poster said above, moving on sounds like a good plan. I would also reconsider your approach if a situation like this happens again. If email isn't working, maybe ask to talk to the professor in person during office hours or even over the phone. Tone is hard to convey in email, if the professor has time to reply at all. Just recently, I found out during office hours that a professor who was ignoring my letter of rec request emails was actually thrilled to write me a letter, but just missed the emails in her inbox. She wasn't trying to be cold; she was just busy. I'm pretty bad with office hours, but I have to admit that face-to-face or verbal contact is super helpful, even if email is more convenient and comfortable. I hope this helps clarify some things for the future. I wish you luck in forging new relationships with other professors. ❤️ P.S. Just to add, as a student who has anxiety and has had the experience of telling professors about my situation and not getting a response, my heart does genuinely go out to you on that front. Even though I maintain my opinions above re: whether what she did was actually something she should get in trouble for, I realize that opening up to someone about personal problems is hard, and not getting a response feels bad after making yourself vulnerable. Not everyone is good at handling anxiety and other mental health stuff. Hopefully you'll find good support people who are able to work with you and respond to your situation. I finally did, but it took a lot of time and disappointment. You'll get there!
  2. Hi! I'm applying to Soc programs too, and I found the Sociology thread on these forms super helpful. People have asked a lot of great questions over the years. I recommend going through there, because a lot of people in that form also have insight about the exact programs you're applying to. Good luck!
  3. So glad you passed! Well deserved.
  4. Hang in there. We're all rooting for you. ❤️
  5. I'd contact the department head and director of the grad school, personally, to let them know what's going on re: the deadline. No harm in CC'ing General Counsel (the university's legal department) either. If they're breaking their own policies and that causes you to lose your scholarship, that makes them liable. Probably better to contact them now instead of after the deadline. I know that sounds aggressive, but advocating for yourself is really important, and it's better to be prepared by contacting people earlier than having to do it later, IMO. Wishing you luck.
  6. Several schools have M.A. program scholarships for former Peace Corps volunteers (and I think Peace Corps has some funding opportunities too?), so at least for M.A.s, it's definitely a thing!
  7. Good luck! Please let us know how it goes.
  8. Something tells me that MAPSS's 2017 Sociology WashU in St. Louis PhD placement wasn't correct. Just a guess. 😉
  9. UChicago MAPSS is known for getting a lot of people into PhD programs, if that's the goal. It's expensive (like most MAs) but they often offer scholarships for some amount off tuition. I think it's only one year, which also helps. Not sociology, but I know Wisconsin has a Gender Studies MA that might have some decent funding.
  10. I have similar interests, though adding in the law/criminology. I've found, as CozyD mentioned, that there are several Gender Studies/Feminist Studies PhD programs out there that might be better suited to these interests than many Sociology PhD programs (particularly if you have a qualitative focus). The ones that are well-known and have good funding include (but are not limited to) Emory, Stony Brook, U of Minnesota, Arizona State, UCSB, U of Arizona, Indiana, UCLA, UW (very different than their quant-focused Soc department), and Rutgers. There are tons more, actually, so you might want to use "gender studies" or "feminist studies" as search terms in the results page to get ideas. I'd look there first; there are few sociology departments I've found that are qualitative and have a large gender focus (though I suppose looking at Berkeley wouldn't hurt, Columbia has many students working on gender stuff that I know personally, and UT Austin has a "gender" specialization option when you apply even though it mixes qualitative/quant methods). Also, Wisconsin has a funded M.A. in Gender Studies that could be a great back-up, and I believe San Jose State offers some funding to M.A. students as well! I hope this helps — I'm applying next cycle so this is just what I've researched myself as an applicant.
  11. Some people on the site include summer funding and some don't. Some people have optional teaching on top of full fellowships. Some people are including health insurance or some tuition remission costs. Also make sure to check out the years, because funding varies based on year as well. Can't speak to any specific school, but that might account for some different numbers. (Of course, some people could just be making stuff up, but if I were going to troll people online one day, I'd probably pick a different website. )
  12. I ditto @bandanajack. As someone applying next year, it's frustrating to watch people screw up the results board for future applicants. I use that board to get a sense of how many are being admitted, stats for admits when people are able/willing to post them, etc. Take the conversation somewhere else, please. You're messing it up for future applicants and personally I think that's inconsiderate (which is ironic considering that everyone's fighting over who's the least considerate).
  13. As a future applicant, I also want to beg all of you to please enter your data to the above website! It's really helpful to be able to see which schools are affordable.
  14. Just from perusing several program websites, many programs don't offer fellowship years to most students they accept. However, when they do, they tend to be in the first year. It might be nice to have a couple years without teaching duties so you can focus on research, but I wouldn't go there over another school you like more based on that. Also check out which schools have grad student unions, because that can make a huge difference when it comes to working conditions.
  15. My answer is purely based on stalking this forums for a couple years and not personal experience: sometimes it means a rejection, sometimes it means a waitlist, and sometimes people get accepted late. Unclear why schools torture people like this, but really, it can mean a bunch of different things. I'd be lying if I didn't say it often means waitlist or rejection, but certainly not always. Fingers crossed for you!
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