Q & A for Prospective Academics


Are you a student thinking about grad school and becoming an academic? Have questions? Ask 'em here.

(Some of these questions and answers were originally posted to CovertProfessor's page and have been moved here for general consumption. CP promises to lurk here and answer more questions, though anyone should feel free to jump in with replies).


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2009-01-30 18:59:08   Hey, extremely stealthy educational researching person. Have you seen any impact from CA's budget problems on getting research funds? Does it affect university hiring? Or does the money mainly come from grants from outside the state budget? —IDoNotExist

2009-01-31 11:51:17   The funding of basic scientific research was not a priority for the Bush administration. (Read: The de-funding of basic scientific research was a priority for the Bush administration.) Hopefully, we will see substantial increases in research funding now. —IDoNotExist

2009-03-03 20:59:42   Is it difficult to find a position (sitting, standing, or perhaps teaching and researching as a professor) at a university that you wish to teach at (as opposed to one that happens to have an open position this year)? —IDoNotExist

2009-06-05 11:23:35   Are you on a tenure-track position? Did you do any sort of post-doc work? How long did it take you, if I may ask? I'm procrastinating between choosing between two labs; I think getting my PhD in one will be better if I want to continue an academic career and eventually become faculty myself, and the other lab will be much better if I want to jump into the industry and leave academia behind. Both labs would have a great mentor, they're just connected and focused in very different areas. And I'm concerned the track to tenure may be too difficult/involved. With a family, can't readily move to who knows where for a post-doc and then move again to a new university. —EdWins

2009-09-28 13:33:49   I started as a TA today. I'll have ~50 upper division students. As an icebreaker, I had them to introduce themselves and tell me what superpower they'd want. Most of them were laughing and actually into it. So was it wrong when I laughed so hard at their responses that ~49 of them cried? —EdWins

2009-10-06 20:26:55   What was your experience like as a TA? —IDoNotExist

2011-12-11 21:21:15   hey all. so i'm currently an undergrad here, and, well, (im pretty disappointed about this) but i failed two classes this past fall term. I was wondering, if i were to retake those two classes, and earn an A in both of them, would i still be able to have a shot at grad school? assumign i keep my gpa up in my major and over all gpa up? (btw, these two classes are not in my major, if that makes a difference.) —embaressed

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