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Everything posted by wildviolet

  1. Yes, definitely! That's why I think there's such pressure for R2s to strive for R1 status even as they all know it's nearly impossible. It's much easier for strong programs to attract the superstars and keep their momentum going. I think a lot of people have accepted their place within the ranks and focus on regional or local impact rather than national/international reputation. I think I would be happy to start my career at these R2s (especially my top choice right now because it's located close to my family and has potential for interesting research). But I would also want to do R1 work
  2. UPDATE: As of today, I have sent out 10 applications to TT positions at R1s and R2s (just because those are the types of universities that tend to have faculty positions in my field) and 1 application to a Non-Profit. My stats: NP: phone interview / reject because I wasn't a good fit (which I found out later and which wasn't clear in the job announcement) R1: no response yet from 3 of them; 1 Skype interview / reject. R2: no response yet from 1 of them; Skype interview with 1 / no campus visit (so I'm assuming reject); 1 upcoming phone interview; and, 4 campus visit invites (2 c
  3. Thanks, juilletmercredi! I think your insights are valuable. I was just talking with a friend today who is working on an education-focused project at a public health non-profit. She didn't know you could do such a thing! So, yes, I agree that there's a lot more out there. The autonomy question is an interesting one. I think I would prefer more rather than less autonomy, and so it seems like academia is the way to go. I had looked at research positions in non-profits, but I'd have to work on their projects first and then eventually apply for funding to work on my own projects. I haven't co
  4. I really dislike the academic job search. It's much more stressful than applying to graduate school. At least you had an expectation of waiting a few months to hear about results. But with the academic job search, every school/department has their own timeline, so you're left worrying about whether you're going to get an interview or not, especially when they re-post the job announcement the day after the original deadline!!! Makes me feel like they didn't like my application. Or, they need more applications so they can feel good about choosing some and not others. Sigh. These new few months a
  5. Thanks! I really appreciate your comments. The kind of research I do is qualitative, so places like ACT and ETS won't necessarily be the best fit for me (although I haven't been looking too hard there). Part of the reason I have given up on non-profits is that I really want to direct my own research agenda. As I'm currently writing my research statements, I'm excited about different directions I could go.
  6. Yes, this is true! So I would add to my comment above by saying... of all the people I know who were looking for jobs last year (in my sub-field), everyone got a job except for one person. A few people took post-docs. So I guess the way I think about whether the job market is good or bad is... are there enough jobs out there for the number of people qualified to fill those positions? And in my sub-field, the answer is yes. In fact, I've seen a number of positions that were posted last year that are being re-posted this year, so I think the job market is very good this year in that there are mo
  7. R1/R2 schools only because typically those institutions offer jobs that I'm qualified for (within my specialty in education). And, I can apply for NSF grants, so I need institutional support for grant writing and research. Someone who does something like educational philosophy may be able to get a job at a small liberal arts college, but I've been trained to work with prospective teachers, and usually the large state universities have those programs.
  8. In my case, I wasn't sure if I could get a job close to family, and I was willing to do a nationwide search. But... a job opened up at a university that is 1 hour from my family, and the preferred research area is pretty much my dissertation, so I'm hopeful about my competitiveness for the position. The next closest job is about 4 hours, and the next closes one is probably about 8-10 hours driving. So, it's not impossible.
  9. UPDATE: So I tried applying for a position at a non-profit, and after the phone interview, my application was rejected. So, now I have no choice but to put all my energy into faculty positions, at R1 and R2 universities. I think I came off as too research-y for the non-profit (which is not heavily focused on research), so they may have done me a favor in the long run by rejecting my application. Because, ultimately, I have a very research-oriented frame of mind, and it's hard to turn it off and think only in terms of application rather than generation of knowledge. Also, if I'm honest with mys
  10. UPDATE: I was able to speak with a professor at this university, and the response I got was basically that they prefer the most qualified candidate, whether or not they are Canadian. So, if they have two equal candidates, they'll take the Canadian. But if the non-Canadian is more qualified, they will choose the non-Canadian. I was encouraged to apply, as there's nothing to lose by applying!
  11. My sense of the job market this year for my field (education) is that it's good. There are more jobs than I want to apply for. Granted, some of these institutions are in locations I'd never want to live, so that weeds out a fair number of positions. However, in my particular sub-field, 6-10 is a good number of positions to apply for, and I think that's about how many applications I'll be putting in.
  12. wildviolet

    Toronto, ON

    Hi there! What do you think about U of T and family life in Toronto (I'm looking at faculty positions)? Are the schools there good/bad/okay? Outdoor things to do, like hiking, biking, nature trails? Libraries? Thanks!
  13. Thanks! I'm not sure, to be honest! That's why I left the question open-ended. I think I'm mostly concerned about how they view American PhD students. Looking at the faculty profiles, I see that most of them are from Canada and graduated from Canadian universities. There are some faculty from the United States. They seem to be members of the same national/professional organizations.
  14. I'm looking for advice about applying to faculty positions in Canada as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Of course, the job description states that Canadians are preferred; however, they invite applications from all qualified candidates. What things should I consider about moving to Canada? Specifically, the university is located in Toronto.
  15. I've read elsewhere that Tuscaloosa is close enough to other cities like Birmingham, or even Atlanta, to make living there somewhat tolerable (from a cultural standpoint). What can you say about the university itself, including student population?
  16. Updates please! Thinking of applying to UA for a faculty position. Please comment on quality of life, living costs, things to do, whatever else is distinctive about living in Tuscaloosa. I've rarely been in the South (despite being a fan of Southern accents and Gone with the Wind)!
  17. Good point! I've met the person who posted the position, so I emailed them to ask indirectly about salary... and the person said that the salary was enough to afford to live in the East Bay, which I assume means it's not enough to live on in SF and so a commute would be necessary, and it's the idea of the commute, whether by car or public transportation, that kills me. Now, the non-profit position advertises their salary as commensurate with academic or K-12 administrator positions, by which I infer they mean assistant professor or principal salaries. I'm a bit more comfortable with
  18. Well, it's been six months! I successfully defended my dissertation proposal, and the plan is to defend the dissertation in 9 months and graduate in Spring 2017. And, my advisor has started talking with me about jobs. There was one job that came up in San Francisco at an informal educational institution, and I just couldn't think of how I could afford to live in the Bay Area. That is, live in the East Bay and commute to SF. Just thinking about it made me feel stressed out. So, no applying for jobs in places where I couldn't afford to live, no matter how desirable they may seem! There
  19. I just wanted to say a big thank you to all of you for chiming in. I have a lot to think about over the next few months... for right now, I think I'm going to keep my options open because who knows what opportunities will appear? I know that R1 is an option for me, if I want it. My advisor has already said I'd be competitive for it. One thing I've learned in graduate school is that opportunities appear all the time! I've never been able to predict where I'd be in six months. Happy holidays, everyone!
  20. Yes! I also enjoy mentoring/advising junior grad students in my program. I like to think I'm a good listener, and I also have high standards and push my "friends"/colleagues to achieve the best they can achieve. Your post sounds very much like me!
  21. Oh no, I didn't see it as an attack at all. And I quite agree with you that college teaching practices need to change (some of my colleagues focus their work on undergrad teaching; you can imagine that some of the science faculty are resistant to change).
  22. Thanks for acknowledging the pressure! Makes me feel like I'm not insane, LOL.
  23. LOL, yes! Well, I'm in education so... it would be ironic if I couldn't teach well! Seriously, though, educational researchers are not necessarily the best teachers. Education is an interesting research context--I'm fascinated by what goes on in classrooms and how that is related to larger sociocultural, economic, and political issues. My particular program strives to produce graduates who are good at both research AND teaching. I'd like to think that I could excel in both areas because my research informs my teaching and my teaching informs my research. We'll see though--I'll be getting
  24. This gives me an idea! My advisor has been an academic for 30+ years! Universities were different back then. He knows the current situation is tougher in terms of tenure requirements than they were when he was starting out. So maybe I should ask some of the new, younger faculty how they decided to go the R1 route. I think I'm trying to figure this decision out now because next fall I don't want to apply just anywhere. I want to have a focused job search for the sake of saving time, energy, and my sanity! I've heard the job search can take up a lot of time--looking for jobs, writing cover
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