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Virginia Valian, a psychologist at CUNY, has done important work illuminating how gender schemas play a role in evaluation.  Some time ago (2005) she published a paper “Beyond Gender Schemas: Improving the Advancement of Women in Academia” Hypatia 20(3): 198-213, that is now available online (follow link , visible when viewing full post).  I would strongly recommend that…

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…