Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Someone kindly requests that you take this survey

Latest and final update: Professor Jun informs us that the survey has been removed. So, move along, there's nothing to see here.

Late late update (partially edited to remove any priming effects for those willing to take the survey): By linking to this survey, we at the Philosophy Smoker do not endorse any of the work of Professor Jun, make any judgments about the value, importance, or quality of the survey. These are the types of things that Fellow Smokers and takers of the survey can decide on their own and then they can direct their problems, questions, or concerns with the survey, to Professor Jun. And in the interest of collegiality and fostering constructive debate, I ask that you seriously consider doing so. I linked to the survey originally because from its description it seemed like an outlet for many of the same debates we've been having for the past few years, not because, without reading it, I thought it was the bee's knees.

Update: Professor Jun asks in the comments: "Can I ask that people who have comments about, critiques of, or suggestions for the survey send them directly to me at nathan jun [at] mwsu.edu instead of, or in addition to, posting them here? That would actually be helpful and constructive." Please do that for the good man, if you are so inclined, because comments are now disabled here to maintain good netiquette and help Professor Jun out. It's his survey, after all.

Professor Nathan Jun asked a few days ago that we link to this here survey, which:
[...] is part of a broader study of issues in the profession including, but not limited to, the influence of rankings and pedigree, employment and hiring practices, the status of women and minorities, and philosophical pluralism. Your answers will be entirely anonymous and it shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes to complete the survey.
I haven't taken it yet, but judging by the response to the nice little debate we had going on here (that was originally started over there) perhaps some of you are licking your chops to answer some questions about 'the influence of rankings and pedigree, employment and hiring practices, [and etc.]'.

So, get all experimental up in that motherfucker and be sure to report back here.


--STBJD

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I took the survey a few days ago. That was a really poorly written survey. (More evidence that people who want to engage in 'experimental' philosophy or employ 'empirical' methods need training...) Many of the questions were fatally ambiguous. Others just didn't make sense. Maybe people with more time/diligence could post examples. There are many such examples. Still, I'd be curious to see some of the results (particularly regarding demographic data). Someone should write a similar but more carefully crafted survey. But I've got to write my dissertation.

Nathan Jun said...

Hi,

Can I ask that people who have comments about, critiques of, or suggestions for the survey send them directly to me at nathan jun [at] mwsu.edu instead of, or in addition to, posting them here? That would actually be helpful and constructive (as opposed to the post above, which was just sort of nasty.)

The survey undoubtedly has flaws - maybe even a lot of them - but for what it's worth I'll be analyzing the results with two colleagues in sociology, so if there are any 'fatally ambiguous' questions, etc. they will probably
be excluded from the final study.
In other words, we will do our best to make up for the faults of the survey itself in the foma; analysis.

And if there is someone in our profession willing and able to write a similar but more carefully-crafted study, I would urge him/her to do it! These things need to be done.

Thanks for your help,

Nathan

Soon-to-be Jaded Dissertator said...

I second Professor Jun's comment and also ask that you direct your comments his way in addition to doing so here. And do try to be constructive.

I think the first comment wasn't necessarily nasty (though was on the verge of being so), but without examples, it probably appeared so.

So, that said and as to maintain proper professional and netiquette direct comments towards the email above in Nathan Jun's comment.