Breaking up with academia is hard to do. But what if your interests lie elsewhere?
We only do an issue of Academic Matters if we think the topic is important, timely, or relevant to the current state-of-play for higher education. But I have to admit that this graduate student issue has a special importance for me.
That’s the effect of having a bit more skin in the game, I suppose.
As you may have learned from my byline (and perhaps I’m flattering myself here thinking that people actually read my byline), I am myself a
In October 2010, “So You Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities” was posted on YouTube and began to circulate rapidly through various social media networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. The video, a simple animation, features a starry-eyed undergraduate student who has come to ask her professor for a letter of reference for a graduate school application. When asked why she wants a PhD, the student answers, “I want to become a college professor.” Instead of