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University of Missouri Treats Graduate Students Badly, Probably Ruins Chances of Securing Quality Students for the Next 10 Years

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 17, 2015 - 11:06pm


The University of Missouri, citing changes in federal policy, says it’s no longer allowed to provide subsidies to its graduate students to pay for health insurance.
The notice, sent to the university’s graduate students on Aug. 14, comes less than two weeks before the start of the academic school year, potentially leaving some students in the lurch.


Nine Theses about the Profession for Discussion: R1 Faculty Participation in Regional Conferences is an Ethical Mandate

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 4, 2015 - 2:01pm

Recognizing that teaching loads across institutions typically do not signify that faculty at research institution (with 2/1 or 2/2 loads) do not work _less_ than their colleagues at 4/4 institution, just that they work differently (with more time for research)...

Nevertheless, it is the ethical obligation of those with 2/2 teaching loads to participate in the planning and execution of regional conferences typically attended by folks from smaller regional schools. To refuse to participate in those regional conferences does violence to the organic wholeness of the profession.


Ten Theses about the Profession for Discussion: The Terminal MA Program is the Future of Graduate Education

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 3, 2015 - 8:56am

I grow so very tired of reports on the need for reform in graduate education.

"Too few jobs for too many graduates." Doctoral programs should, based on the current job crises in the humanities, shrink their admission pools or shutter altogether, it is said -- so that there are fewer underemployed doctoral-holders.

But wait, organizations like the MLA respond -- we can transform doctoral study. (See: The brief recommendations are here:

Pursue and maintain academic excellence.


NCA Professional Development Guides

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 23, 2015 - 12:56pm


How to Get Published

How to Get Your Research Read

How to Referee

How to Prepare a Book Proposal


"#EverydaySexism passed off as career advice?"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 2, 2015 - 8:29am


"'His attention on your chest may be unwelcome, but you need his attention on your science and his best advice.'


Oh, Adjunct!

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 26, 2015 - 10:56am


What I didn’t know at the time—and what I wouldn’t figure out for the better part of the next decade—was that Harvey was an adjunct. He didn’t tell us, and I didn’t know to ask. As an undergraduate, I never heard the term.


Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 25, 2015 - 11:15am

Posted without comment. Comments, though, are sought.

Beall’s List:
Potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers
This is a list of questionable, scholarly open-access publishers. We recommend that scholars read the available reviews, assessments and descriptions provided here, and then decide for themselves whether they want to submit articles, serve as editors or on editorial boards. The criteria for determining predatory publishers are here.


Stripping a Professor of Tenure Over a Blog Post

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 11, 2015 - 12:42pm

Stripping a Professor of Tenure Over a Blog Post


Mentoring the "Terminal Associate Professor"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on December 2, 2014 - 3:23pm

Mentoring the "Terminal Associate Professor"

Promotion: A Personal or a Public Good?