Q: Who makes up the questions?
A: They are questions that have been submitted using the form linked on the home page. Some of the questions have been lightly edited to ensure anonymity and confidentiality. If you have a question, please use the “Ask a Question” tab and complete the form.
Q: Who writes the answers to the questions?
A: There is a team of professional philosophers with broad experience in the field who take turns answering questions. See the “About” page for details.
Q: Is this blog only for philosophers?
A: The authors have experience in philosophy departments and are answering questions with the environment of professional (Anglophone) philosophy in mind. The answers may be useful to people in other fields because there are some similar norms across disciplines. However, there are also some norms that vary tremendously, so use any advice with caution. We will assume that the question concerns the environment of academic philosophy and answer accordingly.
Q: Are there additional online resources?
We have found that the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program has an excellent set of websites that provides information about best practices for many aspects of academic life. Through the ADVANCE Portal you can find many resources using the search box on the top right of the page.
Q: I need more than an online resource to change my department. Are there other resources available?
A: Yes! Departments can request a site visit from the APA Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. Find more information about the Site Visit Program here.