ending the grad skool rulz

This summer, the Grad Skool Rulz will reach its conclusion. I don’t have much else to add after five years of writing on various aspects of graduate training. I will collect all the Rulz into a document that will be available for download. The original Rulz will be left on the orgtheory website for those who prefer the blog format.

The Grad Skool Rulz book will be an edited collection of the blog posts plus an introductory column. As I begin assembling the document (28,000 words right now), I’d like your opinion on what I have not discussed. I will also add a few sections on post-docs and the tenure track. If you have truly internalized what was important in the Grad Skool Rulz – being professional, publishing, etc. – then you’ll likely be ok on the tenure track.

But there are some specific things, like how to assemble a tenure dossier and so forth, that I can now write about and that aren’t covered in the Rulz. If there is any topic that you think should be included in Grad Skool Rulz: Blunt Advice for Graduate Students with Special Bonus Rounds for Post-Docs and Junior Faculty, please send me email or put it in the comments.  Thanks for reading!

Written by fabiorojas

June 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

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  1. Thanks for all the great advices!



    June 3, 2011 at 11:44 am

  2. I think some people would benefit on a section on dissertation–>book. Also, for the junior faculty section: how to pick service obligations/when to say no, and how to differentiate between those departmental issues that are worth discussing vs. those for which you should keep your mouth shut. (Yeah, I know it’s always better to keep your mouth shut…)



    June 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  3. Not sure if this teaching tip appears anywhere in the Rulz, but your advice to have students read their papers aloud when they come in to complain about the grade has worked really well for me this term. It is brilliant! Thanks.



    June 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  4. Glad it helped. Making people face their writing is a great teaching tool.



    June 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

  5. I forwarded the link to the Graduate School advisors at Eastern Michigan University.


    Michael E. Marotta

    June 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm

  6. I don’t know if you’ve done anything on this: things to think about when co-publishing with faculty or other grad students. By the way, grs has been great! Thanks.



    June 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm

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