BPA/SWIP-UK Good Practice Scheme

The British Philosophical Association and Society for Women in Philosophy (UK) have initiated a Good Practice Scheme.  Follow the link to find excellent resources for improving and maintaining equity in philosophy departments, learned societies and journals.  Institutions can use the resources to develop plans for action and publicly commit themselves to implementing the plans. I…

Philosophy Ph.D. Glut?

Given that there is an enormous oversupply of philosophy Ph.D.s, don’t departments (esp. those with bad placement records) have a responsibility to admit fewer students to Ph.D. programs?  or at least to take some reasonable means to prevent them from having terrible employment prospects once they’ve made it through 5 or 7 years of grad…

Monitoring Job Letters

I’m curious about whether letters of recommendation for students on the market are read centrally–say by the supervisor or placement officer–in your department. If so, how do you give feedback on letters. Sometimes people in my department treat it like a freedom of expression problem, but that can’t be the right way to think about…

Socializing in Bars

I’m in a department in which the famale faculty tend not to go out for drinks after talks. We have busy family lives, and some of us don’t drink and prefer not to socialize in bars. But this means that chat after talks can happen in bars with only male faculty and a mixed group…