Thursday, April 20, 2006

Gettin' through...playin' the game...

Mary McKinney's review of a lewd 'n rude guide for graduate students to get's a snippet.

Frank n’ Stein point out that you should choose your dissertation chair and committee wisely. Yes, this advice is obvious, but it is amazing how many students I work with have picked their main professor on the basis of scholarly expertise, despite evidence that the person is a narcissistic jerk. With funny (and accurate) profiles of typical professors, the authors explain in detail what you should be looking for and what you should avoid when choosing your dissertation advisor. You’ve got to dodge inattentive, incompetent and malevolent advisors in order to get out. And they point out the often-overlooked importance of making sure your committee members work well together.

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