Surviving Summer: Grow Things

Let me start with something we all know to be true: Graduate students in the humanities are not paid well. While everyone who has ever talked to a graduate student in the humanities knows that this is true finding the data to back this up is incredibly difficult for a lot of reasons. To getContinue reading “Surviving Summer: Grow Things”

5 Signs of an Abusive Advisor

This mini-series is an adaptation of 15 signs of an abusive relationship from a romantic context to an academic context. Each installment will adapt 5 signs to an academic context. For more familiarity with the signs please check out the original article over at HuffPo. Love Bombing. Love bombing is where an abuser showers theirContinue reading “5 Signs of an Abusive Advisor”

Signs of an Abusive Advisor

Talking about abusive advisors is hard for a lot of reasons. One reason why this series has dragged on for so long is because it has been personally difficult for me to compile these stories of abusive advisors. Many of them come from people I care about quite a bit and listening to them recountContinue reading “Signs of an Abusive Advisor”

Harm

First, do no harm. I think about that phrase a lot. It’s part of the foundation of Western medicine. It’s part of the foundation of the Western academy. If you talk to me for any length of time you’ll find out that Feminist Standpoint Theory is my jam. I love it. I relate everything toContinue reading “Harm”

Still Here

Hi Friends, It’s been over two months since we last posted. Perhaps you thought that we had disappeared, but we’re still here and still passionate about helping YOU get through your PhD in a way that is physically, mentally, and emotionally beneficial for you. One thing humanities PhD students know we’ll is that, if youContinue reading “Still Here”

Of Syllabi and Self-Confidence

This month we are tackling teaching and, as is only appropriate, we will begin with how to make a syllabus and end with how to interpret course evaluations. First things first, making a syllabus is harder than you think it is. The root of this problem, as with many of the teaching-related issues we’ll discussContinue reading “Of Syllabi and Self-Confidence”

WTF: Teaching

We are so excited to start our September series on teaching for all of you abd2phd-ers who are just starting, or soon to start, the academic year. The majority of PhD students in the United States attend research universities of some sort. Research universities, as the name implies, are focused primarily on research. This createsContinue reading “WTF: Teaching”

Happy Labor Day!

How right and how fitting it is that we should end our summer series on rest this Labor Day. Yes, Labor Day is traditionally seen as the end of summer, with many U.S. schools going back into session the days of carefree summer fun are at an end. More importantly, however, Labor Day is aContinue reading “Happy Labor Day!”