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Tybalt last won the day on May 29 2018

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  1. A lot of excellent points in this thread, that I hope newly-admitted PhD students are taking to heart. One I will add: Take advantage of the resources at your school, not just the resources of your program. Odds are, the people in your program won't know a thing about preparing for a non-academic job. The vast majority of English faculty at PhD granting institutions have never held/applied for one. But your school will have tons of resources, and quite probably a whole office, for job placement/development. Don't dismiss those resources just because they are intended for the undergra
  2. It CAN be done, but that move is difficult as well. In most of those fields, companies are wary of hiring a PhD because they seem "overqualified" for the entry level positions while also lacking the experience for the more advanced positions. I know a lot of folks who take the PhD off of their resume when applying in certain fields, but even that's tough, because how do you explain a 5+ year gap in your employment history without mentioning that the teaching was part of your PhD program? I think this topic (realistic plans outside of academia post-degree) should be FAR more prominent, b
  3. It ultimately depends on what kind of academic career you want to pursue and what the job market even looks like in 5 to 7 years. The latter, you can't really control. As for the former, you need to figure out what you are actually able/willing to do. Are you only going to be happy at an R1 or a SLAC with a 2-2 (MAYBE 3-3) teaching load, where your primary job is research? If that's the case, then Temple won't open those doors (neither would my program, to be clear). Does that mean it's impossible? No. You could publish your backside off, and move into such a job, but the odds are a fra
  4. Program rep is a big thing, especially if you plan to go on the academic job market, but personal happiness and health is super important as well. That's the thing I always tell prospective grad students to keep in mind. A bad fit in terms of location/mentor/program makes it exponentially more likely that a person won't complete their program (and a LOT of people who start a PhD never finish it. My cohort started with 8--three of us finished). You want to look at that comfort level--on the virtual visit, get as much information as you can. Ask prospective advisors questions. Ask them to e
  5. You will need to take personal comfort level into account (which is something only you can really decide), but while all three of those schools are excellent programs, Toronto is one of THE top medieval programs. IU and Rutgers have fine medievalists (I actually know a bunch of medievalists from IU), but it isn't the calling card of their program the way it is for Toronto.
  6. What I would do is this: get as much information as you can. BOTH of those stipends sound amazing (says the guy whose grad stipend was 18k, haha). Email the departments. Ask if they can send you academic and alt-ac job placement data for the last few years. Wisconsin has that data on their site, but the last ~3 years are unaccounted for. That will give you an idea as to job support. Be open about your situation. Is there an option to defer admission for a year? Would you be able to take a semester or a year in absentia or take a short leave when your mom gets her new heart so that you
  7. English Education degrees tend to be focused on administration issues, curriculum development, etc. It's never really based on literature. I'm wary of your phrasing that you want to "move up" when you are older. That's not how the job market works. The older you get, the LESS likely you are to find a job in higher ed as anything other than an adjunct or MAYBE a lecturer. If I can be perfectly frank, having read several of your other threads, it doesn't seem as if you know WHY you want a PhD. You know that you want one, but the reasoning is always a bit slippery, and you se
  8. Saw that the offers and wait lists for U of Rochester went out. I know a lot of folks can't do campus visits because of the pandemic. If anyone has any questions about U of R, feel free to send me a DM.
  9. In my application year, we were actually able to track wait-list movement in our version of this thread. Someone who was admitted to Indiana got in off a waitlist at her top choice. Her spot at IU then went to someone who had been admitted to U of Rochester, and that person's U of R spot went to me. We saw all of that movement happen from like April 11th-13th. The wait is agonizing, but don't give up. The departments are hamstrung until they hear from the people who received initial offers, and those people might be waiting on their own waitlists. A LOT of movement happens in early April
  10. It works in the opposite direction as well. I grew up in the Northeast and now work in the deep South. I think every teaching evaluation I've ever received has had a note about slowing down the rate of my speech, haha.
  11. Probably varies from school to school, but I doubt many people put much stock in the "almost finished" tag, haha. Lots of people are "almost finished for literally YEARS. I started being almost finished in 2017. I defended in summer of 2019. A friend of mine has been almost finished since 2015. She's defending in April. Time does funny things in graduate school. For real though, each program is unique in how they determine that. Some programs allow pre-tenured faculty to advise--some don't. Some have faculty who can, and enjoy, advising many students at once. Others might have facu
  12. One thing that might help to alleviate some of the stress/anxiety is to remember that admissions committees are practical groups. They aren't looking for the six or seven "best" applications in a vacuum, as odd as that may sound. They are looking for fits with current faculty members. If a program has a Renaissance scholar who already has six advisees, then you would need to be an absolute rock star to get accepted at that program in that year. If not, they already have six of you. They want to find a student for their Modernist colleague who just graduated both of her advisees. You can
  13. Assuming it isn't funding related, I doubt VCS' actions will have any bearing on the English department. They are wholly separate departments in just about every way. I have no info on their decision process at all (I graduated in 2019 and am working at a school on the other side of the country now), but am more than happy to answer any questions people might have about U of R, living in Rochester, etc.
  14. I'm not incredibly familiar with their department, but a couple of friends of mine did their PhD's at UB, and said that the program was ridiculously strong in psychoanalytics, poetics, and theory in general. I got the vibe that it had a kind of crunchy theory/creative vibe as well. I did my degree an hour and change down the road at Rochester.
  15. Don't try to predict the job market at this stage--it will be different in any number of ways by the time you are ON said market. For example, the big new thing when I was in my application cycle (2011) was Eco-criticism. It seemed like every third job had Eco-crit as a primary or preferred sub-field. Five years later, when I first started tracking the market, Eco-criticism was far more rare, and digital humanities was the new big thing. Fast forward to this year, and the overwhelming emphasis is on race and indigenous culture (long overdue, IMO, and influenced by the protests last summer).
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