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 on: Today at 12:25:37 am 
Started by gronbecksalpha - Last post by untenured
On the other hand, if I am currently researching and publishing at a near-R1 pace from my 4/4 regional job, is it possible to expect my quality of life and family time could actually improve by moving to an institution with more research support and lower teaching loads?

This is the key information. If are publishing in both quality and quantity at a near-R1 pace with a 4/4 load, then your future is bright that you will succeed at an R1. Having been employed at a R2 and R1, I was busy at the R2 but a different kind of busy. Student handholding was expected. I also warmed chairs in committees. And while some R2 faculty understood the implications of a high-quality publications, others didn't and some how equated Journal of Prestigious and Selective with mediocre fare.

Some years ago, I managed to publish in a cross-discipline major journal. Folks at the top schools solemnly understood the achievement. Faculty at middling institutions were unimpressed. This is not because they were so smart as to find the journal easy pickings, but they hardly were familiar with the journal's existence let alone the effort and tools necessary to publish in it.

FWIW, you seem to have the capacity to perform at an R1. You might find it not only intellectually stimulating, but also liberating.

 on: Today at 12:15:21 am 
Started by chron7 - Last post by untenured
Agreeing with others that you should not rehash this with faculty. For many of them this was one of many decisions made in a given day or week. For you of course it was career changing.

Remember though who was kind and who was not. Also remember the reasons people gave who were unkind and kind to you. Tenure evaluations will reveal your colleagues true selves. Use their attitudes and preferences to your advantage.

 on: Today at 12:00:01 am 
Started by dr_dre - Last post by greyscale
Several trends I've noted this season so far (in History):

1. Early deadlines. Early deadlines. EARLY deadlines. It's been a gradual trend since I was first on the market in 2009. Back then the earliest deadlines (usually for the higher end jobs) were around the start of November, give or take a few days. Gradually more and more October deadlines started showing up. The this year, apparently, some kind of tipping point was reached, and September deadlines are suddenly a thing. Up to and including September 1st.

Yes! True in biology this year, too. I wasn't planning to start looking seriously until September, but I'm glad I looked sooner, because a few jobs have September 15 deadlines! Yikes. I'd sort of planned out my summer/fall thinking I could spend this month writing a paper, but now I have to juggle that with all the little things like getting my references lined up.

 on: Yesterday at 11:54:23 pm 
Started by grit_1645 - Last post by caracal

However, this past week I basically crashed the faculty welcome back luncheon, where there was no mention made of the adjuncts (who were not actually invited to the event).  I approached the Provost, who had spoken at length about the college issues, retention, graduation rates, advisement, etc., and mentioned that the previous administration had treated the adjuncts like they were an important part of the operation.  Was specifically informed that the event had been geared towards the "faculty" because it was their job to be concerned with those things.   Also that some other thing was planned for the adjuncts, although to date I have not seen word of anything...In today's announcements, the President welcomed the new faculty and staff, but no mention was made of new adjuncts there either.

Really the only actual advantage of being an adjunct is that you don't have to attend things like the faculty welcome back luncheon and talk to provosts... If the study interests you and you get anything out of it, stay. If not, don't do it.

 on: Yesterday at 11:27:03 pm 
Started by scraffle - Last post by scraffle
Hi All,

I've just started my master's degree in rhetoric and composition and am trying to get some advice on conferencing. I presented at one local conference and one national conference in my field as an undergrad, and  I am going to present at another national conference this fall. I also just got word that I was accepted to prepare a video talk at an online conference in an unrelated field. My presentation is about something in my field, though.

My main concern with all of this is time management. I'm a new grad student, and I'll be teaching for the first time, which will no doubt be a lot of work (especially for a composition course). I've already made good progress on my paper for the national conference, but I only have about a month and a half to prepare my video talk, which is in a field I don't know very well and which requires me to do a lot of research (I thought the connection between my work and this field was a stretch, but hey, I guess I convinced them).

My course is basically all prepped (except for the last couple essay prompts), so am I in good form to be taking on all of this during my first semester?  Or do I even need to do this online conference? I start teaching/taking my own seminars next week, and I know that it's going to be very difficult to manage all of this.

From your experience, how many conferences in a year/program should a grad student plan on doing? I'm also eying another local conference (in my field) this spring and possibly a big national conference (if I can get in) this spring as well. I'll be applying for PhD programs next fall, and I know for sure that I'm going to try and turn my conference paper for this fall's conference into a possible publication (which would be good for my CV/applications).

I'd appreciate any advice or insight on this! Thank you!

 on: Yesterday at 10:55:51 pm 
Started by chron7 - Last post by instructorman
Try to get over it.

It leaves a lasting bruise, but in the end you won.

Try not to be the person who vents about this within three minutes of meeting a new person.

However, remember those people are not -- nor never will be -- your friends. Be cordial and civil (and as noted above don't emulate their behavior) but remember that they took a stand -- either out of misguided principle or the just don't like you  -- to deprive you of your livelihood.

Having shared these cheery words, now go look into applying for a sabbatical and working on some research that makes you happy.

 on: Yesterday at 10:45:29 pm 
Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by pathogen
Sorry, self righteous white neighbor. The fact that you moved into the neighborhood "before it started gentrifying" doesn't mean you're not a gentrifier. It just means you were the first wave of gentrification. So get off your high horse and stop attacking your white neighbors because somehow they're racist gentrifiers and you're not. Hypocrite.

 on: Yesterday at 10:20:33 pm 
Started by on_my_own - Last post by phan4035

 on: Yesterday at 10:09:17 pm 
Started by acrimone - Last post by greyscale
I am having a Sierra Nevada in lab because we are getting scooped and I am jittery and keyed up from our intense efforts to un-scoop ourselves by pushing out a paper ASAP.

 on: Yesterday at 10:05:16 pm 
Started by kaysixteen - Last post by mended_drum

So, wait, the Governor of Maine challenged another politician to a duel?  Sort of.  Might be, um, sarcasm. 

My head hurts.

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