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Changing the Way We Socialize Doctoral Students

By Leonard Cassuto

This month’s column begins with the career of an academic I’ll call “Jack.” It ends in the classroom of a professional development seminar—a place where more graduate students need to be.

Jack got his bachelor’s from an elite college in the early 1980s, and then began graduate school at an elite university. There he exemplified the national trend toward slow completion. He didn’t get his Ph.D. until 12 years later, in the mid-1990s.

Like many other young Ph.D.’s then and now, Jack had bad luck on the job market despite a solid publication record. He didn’t get a tenure-track job out of the gate, so he took a visiting assistant professorship at a major state university. With that appointment, Jack began a career-long migration in search of permanent employment. That passage took Jack from campus to campus, with his two longest stops lasting four years each; one of those stints was in the writing program of a major private university, and the other was a visiting professorship at a different private university. The visiting job took the form of a series of one-year contracts, so Jack never knew from year to year whether he’d be employed beyond May.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/Changing-the-Way-We-Socialize/125892/

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