The bulk of the material up there now is from a survey I conducted of faculty working in small departments, but I hope to use the blog as a space for ongoing discussion about life in a small department. Among these issues are those raised by the job market: are graduate students well-prepared to compete for jobs at small departments? Are there things their graduate programs could be doing to help them? What do small philosophy departments want in new faculty, etc.Of course, being prone to frequent bouts of sadsackness, I've been getting a particular kick out of reading the concerns of those in small philosophy departments and picturing everything that could go wrong were I to end up in one. But, per the site and survey results, there also seem to be advantages to such a gig, which might excite me on those days when I'm in higher spirits.
Regardless, I think Prof. Mills has done quite the service for all of us coming out on the market in the fall by bringing attention to something I, and probably many others, hadn't even thought about until now. I'm guessing some of the questions raised and answers given will provide some nice perspective and be mad useful for those who may end up in, or want to be in such situations.
- Jaded Dissertator