Survey on why people move between, or leave, academic jobs

This call for survey participants came to my attention – it seems to be asking interesting and important questions:

We are looking for participants for a study that we are conducting at Rice University. Essentially, we are trying to identify ANY faculty who have voluntarily left one academic job for another job (either academic or nonacademic).

Who fits in this criteria?
• Any faculty member who was in an academic position but left academics altogether.
• Any faculty member who left a research institution for a teaching institution.
• Any faculty member who left a teaching institution for a research university.
• Any faculty member who left a teaching or research university to go to a different and/or comparable university.

Why are we trying to identify these participants?
We are currently conducting a study at Rice University that examines patterns and trends in faculty turnover. This research is part of the ADVANCE grant and we are trying to examine, in particular, if there may be differences in the reasons that men and women leave academic institutions. Because we are trying to understand the full spectrum of faculty turnover we are interested in those who left for completely personal (non-university related) reasons as well as those who left for organizational reasons.

What can you do to help?
If you fit the criteria listed above, please consider participating in this survey. The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete and is located at:  The survey has been approved by Rice University’s Institutional Review Board and if you have any questions about it, you are welcome to email the study director (Mikki Hebl) at hebl at rice dot edu

Credit Where It’s Due

Recently, we’ve mentioned plenty of instances of conferences where, at first glance, you’d get the impression that only male philosophers work in that area. Which is what makes it all the more satisfying to draw attention to this up-coming workshop where half of the contributers are women, and the topic is in the kind of area that we might ordinarily think is male-heavy. I don’t know if this is intentional, but it seems to good to be accidental. I recall that its organiser, Dan Lopez de Sa, has commented here in the past and suspect he’ s paid some attention to this issue. So, credit where it’s due. Bravo!


Workshop on Vagueness and Metaphysics, Barcelona, 25-26 June 2009

Provisional Program

Thursday 25 June

10.00-11.30 Iris Einheuser (Duke): ‘Vague Objects: A Conceptualist Account’

12.00-13.30 Dan Korman (Illinois): ‘Restricted Composition without Sharp Cut-Offs’

15.00-16.30 Elizabeth Barnes (Leeds): TBA

17.00-18.30 Benjamin Schnieder (Phlox): ‘Reasoning with ‘Because”

Friday 26 June

10.00-11.30 David Barnett (Colorado): ‘Vague Entailment’

12.00-13.30 Delia Graff Fara (Princeton): ‘Would Interests have Agents?’

15.00-16.30 Ofra Magidor (Oxford): ‘Strict Finitism and the Sorites Paradox’

17.00-18.30 Ross Cameron (Leeds): ‘Truth-Making and Determinacy-Making’