Content Categorized ‘academe’

Leaving academia redux

Posted on May 7, 2007 under academe | 1 Comment

The excellent blog Leaving Academia has been revived. One year after the intrepid Victrix defended and moved into a writing career, she’s started to post again nonpseudonymously with more resources for ex-academics. She’s also started doing podcast interviews with former academics at her personal website. Several podcasts currently up feature history PhDs who now work […]

HST Colloquium, 2/9

Posted on February 7, 2007 under academe, history of science, minnesota

Wow, our colloquium this week sounds amazing. If you’re in the Cities and not doing anything on a Friday afternoon, this is the place to be. University of Minnesota History of Science and Technology Spring Colloquium 2007 Friday, February 9 Room 131, Tate Lab of Physics 3:35 p.m. (refreshments at 3:15 in Room 216) Nina […]

Diss life/history life

Posted on January 30, 2007 under academe

I’ve decided not to talk about my dissertation progress over here. I may discuss the content of my historical work (if I’m not too sick of it), but my musings on the dissertation process will be posted up at Dissertation Boot Camp; my this-is-how-many-words-I-wrote-today stuff can be found at garlic loves.

The 10-week dissertation-or-bust plan

Posted on January 26, 2007 under academe, history of medicine, history of science | 2 Comments

I’d like to inform you, my dear handful of readers, about my current plans for finishing my dissertation, in the hopes that internet accountability will help it actually happen. As suggested by my advisor, I am now on the 10-week dissertation completion or bust program (patent pending), aiming for a mid-May defense. I thus need […]

Stats and speculations

Posted on January 8, 2007 under academe, history of science

The recent AHA meeting was the springboard for two articles on Inside Higher Ed to discuss employment and completion rates for history PhDs. (via HNN) “History PhDs:  In and Out” reports the results of a survey of completion rates for history doctoral programs.  After 10 years, about 59% of students on average have completed their degrees, whereas 26% have […]

Public Historian, 28 (4)

Posted on December 20, 2006 under academe, public history

I just got the new issue of The Public Historian and I was impressed by one particular article, “Mapping the Boosterist Imaginary: Colonial Williamsburg, Historical Tourism, and the Construction of Managerial Memory,” by James S. Miller of UW-Whitewater. Miller looks at the commercialized development of historic sites in the 1920s and 30s (ex. Colonial Williamsburg […]

Impeccable advice for dissertators

Posted on December 14, 2006 under academe, advice

Ms. Mentor’s column in the CoHE was even more incisive than usual this week (or do I think that because it was about dissertating?) If you can isolate yourself totally from the stream of yammering humanity, do it for the first draft. Lock yourself in your carrel. Hide out in mountain caves. Let beauty-school students […]

“We are all search engines”

Posted on October 10, 2006 under academe, minnesota

The U of M has instituted a huge new $2 million branding campaign that covers 83% of the state, with TV, radio and other media (here‘s a press release). The campaign is called “Driven to Discover” and the tagline is “We are all search engines.” Here is a timeline of how the ‘search’ campaign works. […]