Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. Everything has been figured out, except how to live. One always dies too soon or too late. And yet, life is there, finished. The line is drawn, and it must all be added up. You are nothing other than your life. There is only one day left, always starting over. It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk. We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are, that is the fact. When you live alone you no longer know what it is to tell a story: the plausible disappears at the same time as the friends. You let events flow by too.Suddenly you see people appear who speak and then go away; you plunge into stories of which you can't make head or tail. You'd make a terrible witness. It is true that people who live in society have learned how to see themselves in mirrors as they appear to their friends. Luckily, I only have a few...

Dr Shaw is a lecturer in Further Education at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. She also offers philosophy courses at the School of Continuing Education, Lifelong learning, at the University of Liverpool. In 2015, she has completed her Doctorate in philosophy with a focus on existentialism, the equilibrium doctrine and narrative. She has worked as a teacher of English and Comparative literature and Philosophy at The American University in Cairo, Egypt where she also obtained her BA (Hons). Dr Shaw has an MA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of East Anglia where she also taught on a number of humanities subjects. Whilst working in North Wales in Further education, she gained a PGCE aimed at teaching in FE and HE sectors. Dr Shaw moved to Liverpool in 2010 where she now resides.

Interests: Existentialism, Narrative, Comparative Literature, Feminist Thought, Public Speaking, Arab Existentialism, Philosophy of Education, Art, Music, Film and Theatre, Greek Mythology, Existential counsellor and psychotherapist.


Sunday, 1 May 2011

Advice for Academic Job Market

Part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86E-_aPKRkg

David Schmidtz, a philosopher at the University of Arizona, speaks to graduate students about the academic job market.

"They don't care how a good student you are, they only care about how good of a professor you will be"
"You tell students what you think...and they take notes!"
"Don't put your ideological commitments first"
"The job of a scholar is to communicate, not to talk to yourself"
"Time is the primary obstacle for being an academic"
"Use a daily/weekly log for concentrated research...do not sacrifice it"

1 comment:

  1. Informative video! Academic job market refers to the pool of vacant teaching and administrative positions in Academia. This job market differs somewhat from other job markets because of such institutions as tenure. Thanks a lot...