Takin’ Care of Business–The Job Market

This month, I’d like to discuss maneuvering the job market. Why in July? Because this is when you need to start your apps.

I was surprised the only previous PhD + epsilon post I could find on being on the market (note: not reading apps, or attending the JMM, etc.) was this.

While the article offers (much needed) sympathy, since I’ve literally killed a cactus my post obviously will be different. Those on the market (including graduate students) also need advice. That’s the intent of this post and I hope those who have “survived” add as they see fit in the comments. But I’d like to remain as universal as possible. I’m not, say, going to describe a female’s experience in the male-heavy math world. To mimic Dorothy Parker in wit and crassness: my goal is to hit a broad audience, not an audience of broads. I want to focus on what regardless of gender or relationship status or number of times entering the market you can do right now. Continue reading

Posted in dealing with rejection, interviewing, job search, reading job applications, time management | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Create a Motivational (Math) Syllabus

How long should a syllabus be?

(a) 1-2 pages  (b) 3-6 pages  (c) 7-9 pages (d) Over 10 pages

A year ago, I went to the Lilly Teaching Conference where Christine Harrison asked this question. I didn’t have to think twice, my answer was (a). All my syllabi (to be honest, at that point it would have been like six of them) had been 2 pages long, mostly because of the university-mandated statements. The audience seemed to back me up. Roughly 70% answered (a) or (b) and the rest (c) or (d). Still… 3 out of 10 members of the audience were creating insanely long syllabi. “Who will read them?” I thought.

My typical 2-page syllabus. Compare it to the one later in this post.

Three months later, I created an eleven-page syllabus. Why? It all started with three questions Christine asked during her presentation. Continue reading

Posted in community engagement, syllabus writing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Hello, World!

Hello, World!

I am Katherine (Kate) Thompson, and I’m a new co-editor for this blog. In a few weeks, I will be starting a tenure-track position at the United States Naval Academy.

My basic bio and CV-esque stats can be found on the “About the Editors” subpage, so instead let me talk about the two main reasons why I applied to write for this blog.

Continue reading

Posted in attracting math majors, bias, blogging, books, community engagement, dealing with rejection, job search, joint math meetings, minorities in mathematics, outreach, Welcome! | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment