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Last Week on Post Academic (4/18-4/24)

Thanks, new and loyal readers, for bringing more traffic to the blog than ever this week–and by a wide margin!  A lot of it had to do with Caroline’s wonderful interview posts with Adam Ruben for his book Surviving Your Stupid Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School.  We had a whole lot of other stuff going on here as well last week, and here are some of our picks to click that might have been lost in the shuffle:

* In the spirit of Adam’s book, we looked into ways grad students can persevere the average 9.3 years they spend (trying) to get their Ph.Ds.  Caroline wrote about how to improve grad student-faculty relationships and the kinds of part-time work grad students can find to make ends meet.  Arnold provided some advice on more shifty ways to subsist through freeloading.

* Some more practical, concrete help to improve the grad school experience would help, though.  Arnold found some possible solutions to the latest, greatest crisis in graduate education.

* Try typing “grad students” into a Google search and submitting a thesis topic to the new site, and see what you come up with!

* And please be a part of the Post Academic social networking experience by “fanning” us on Facebook page and following our Tweets.  You can join up by pressing the virtual buttons in the right column.  Or you can just drop us an old-school email–our address is in the right-hand column as well–to give us your suggestions for story ideas, more interesting interview subjects, and whatever else you feel like.

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Posted in Housekeeping by Caroline Roberts on April 19, 2010

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Posted in The Education Industry by Arnold Pan on April 14, 2010
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Almost all of your academic friends are on Facebook already and a lot of them use LinkedIn, too, so do you really need to add yet another social networking site to your list of bookmarks you obsessively check?  Well, is probably worth signing up for, if you’re a networking academic.  It’s basically a hybrid of Facebook and LinkedIn geared for just for academics.  You set up your own profile page, which lists your position, institution, department affiliation, and research interests.  What’s really helpful and unique about an profile is the info you can add to the left column, which includes your publications, conference talks, CV, along with the scholarship you’re interested in and your websites.

The social networking operations are pretty effective too: You can follow (and be followed by) your colleagues, which incorporates aspects of your FB friends list and the Twitter follower/following lists by updating you on new profile information and status updates.  Scholars are organized according to your university affiliation, then department affiliation, although you can do a search by academic interests.  The interface has a pretty good look too, something along the lines of a family tree where departments branch out under the university.

The site is still undergoing some growing pains, since the interface can still be a little glitchy and it’s no shocker that a site geared towards academics can be a bit overly complicated.  Also, the category lists need to be finetuned.  In terms of academic interests, there are a lot of duplicated fields, while some are too general and others too narrow.  Likewise, some institutions (especially UC’s) are double-named, so some merging of data is called for.  And the humanities listings are still very short and spotty, though you can tell they are growing, too.

All in all, it seems like a worthwhile and potentially valuable resource for academic research and networking.  If you sign up soon, you can say that you got in the ground floor of the project.

(Hat tip to reader Stacey for referring us to the site!)