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Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Everyone tells tales about advisers. Some of the stories are heartwarming, while others are prurient, even horrifying. Most everyone has such stories on tap because the adviser-student relationship is the most crucial in turning a graduate student into a professional. the ties between graduate students and advisers are both professional and…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Student Publications, Graduate Students, Professional Identity
Perlmutter, David D. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The academic job market is overcrowded, but departments are hiring, and each year thousands of graduate students and other candidates will get phone calls offering them tenure-track positions. It is typically a moment of mutual giddiness. The department heads are excited at the prospect of a terrific new colleague; the job applicants now know that…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Graduate Students, Labor Market, Job Applicants
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
In master's programs, and especially at the doctoral level, graduate students depend on their advisers more than on anyone else in their careers. Students do more work for their adviser's eyes than for anyone else's, and the adviser's approval is the key to the door that leads to the next place, whether full-time employment or more school. For…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Doctoral Programs, Masters Programs, Faculty Advisers
Berube, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Graduate education in the humanities is in crisis. Every aspect, from the most specific details of the curriculum to the broadest questions about its purpose, is in crisis. It is a seamless garment of crisis: If one pulls on any one thread, the entire thing unravels. It is therefore exceptionally difficult to discuss any one aspect of graduate…
Descriptors: Time to Degree, College Faculty, Tenure, College Instruction
Patton, Stacey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
The dissertation is broken, many scholars agree. Rethinking the academic centerpiece of a graduate education is an obvious place to start if, as many people believe, Ph.D. programs are in a state of crisis. Universities face urgent calls to reduce the time it takes to complete degrees, reduce attrition, and do more to prepare doctoral candidates…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Graduate Students, Educational Change, Nontraditional Education
Markin, Karen M. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Running a grant program for the first time can feel overwhelming. The work is time-consuming, requires attention to many details, and is accompanied by pressure from applicants who are desperate for money and prompt decisions. This article presents a list of all of the factors educators have to consider. From establishing a timeline and drafting…
Descriptors: Grants, Time Management, Eligibility, Research Proposals
Patton, Stacey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Ph.D.'s are used to shelling out tens of thousands of dollars in the name of education. But earning the top graduate degree doesn't mean their spending has come to an end. An industry designed to help aspiring academics manage the job-application process and land tenure-track jobs is growing, and reaping the benefits of a tight market in many…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Feedback (Response), Graduate Students, Costs
Patton, Stacey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Student-loan debt is not just a problem for young, recent college graduates searching for their first jobs. Growing numbers of adults nearing the ends of their careers are accumulating such big debt, too, and they don't have a lifetime to pay it back. In fact, student-loan debt is growing fastest among adults ages 60 and older, with more than two…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Age, Student Loan Programs, Economic Climate
Pannapacker, William – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013
Academics can be too snug in their institutional silos. They sometimes think of one another as competitors for students, and as a result they duplicate scarce resources in mutually damaging ways. In this article, the author wants to argue that teaching-focused institutions have much to gain from partnerships with research universities on the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Attitudes
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The dissertation adviser's task may be to give advice, but his or her approval is required for the thesis to pass and the degree to be awarded. It is the graduate student's dissertation, but the imprimatur belongs to the dissertation adviser, so perhaps the process belongs to both of them. But that equation leaves out some other important actors,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, College Faculty, Academic Advising, Graduate Students
Wilson, Robin – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The academic work force has been transformed over the past several decades, less by design than out of expediency. In 1969, professors who were either tenured or tenure-track made up 78 percent of the faculty. Those working part time made up only 18.5 percent. By 2009, those proportions had almost flipped, with tenured and tenure-track making up…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, College Faculty, Tenure, Doctoral Degrees
Cassuto, Leonard – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Discussion of nonfaculty careers for graduate students so easily disintegrates into dueling anecdotes. The author describes a story about someone who had to drop his Ph.D. from his resume in order to get a job at all. Stories cluster around both of those poles in the comments section whenever the author has written about nonprofessorial career…
Descriptors: Careers, Graduate Students, Career Exploration, Career Choice
Stratford, Michael – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
OMICS Publishing Group is an open-access publisher operating under an author-pays model. Unlike traditional journal subscriptions in which readers or institutions pay to read content, OMICS relies on its contributors for financial support. Although the author-pays model is not a new phenomenon in the realm of open access, its recent popularity has…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Periodicals, Financial Support, Graduate Students
Patton, Stacey – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Stakeholders want to know whether the graduates remained in the states where they got their professional science master's (PSM) degree, what their job titles were, and the type of employers they were working for. Business leaders, governors, and university-system heads want to know if graduates are contributing to job creation and work-force…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Graduates, Job Placement, Careers
Jenkins, Rob – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
Facing a cutthroat academic job market, many doctoral students are now willing to explore the possibility of a community-college career. And they have many questions. In Part 1 of this series, the author focused on the hiring process at two-year colleges and answered some common questions like "Do I have to have a Ph.D. to teach in that sector?"…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Graduate Students, Labor Market, Doctoral Degrees
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