What Would You Say?

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Anyone who stumbles across this post in the earliest days of 2016, please comment or email me with what you wish you could write in a research statement. What do you want hiring committees to know?


5 thoughts on “What Would You Say?

  1. Piper Post author

    haha. I’m trying to fulfill my obligations as liberated mathematician. if my thing is being honest about what I see as problematic, shouldn’t that apply to the hiring process as well? I’m trying my hand at a research statement for the first time. it feels wrong to write a completely normal one, and also not something I’m really able to do. so I’m trying to figure out what I want to say beyond Here’s my results.

    I have some ideas, but my experience is limited, so I thought I’d listen to what others had to say.

    of course if my Facebook is any indication, people are pretty content with the research statement process and don’t see it as oppressive. so I may be on my own on this one. who knows.

    feel free to leave any comments re job apps, grant apps, research statements, whatever. can the process be improved? is the standard research statement justifiably exclusive?

  2. Rachel

    Whoa, that is very cool.

    This perhaps a tangent, but I feel like there are two questions here:
    (1) Should the expectations for research statements be different than they are?
    (2) Given the current state of things, what kind of statement will get you the job you want?

    One could certainly say “yes” to the first question, and still have a very boring and pragmatic answer to the second.

    1. Piper Post author

      for my current purposes, i’m trying to ignore question two.

      re the first question, for instance, i wonder: if we smash the patriarchy (etc) and trample the cult of genius, what would that do to the jobs process? would that change research statements?

      1. Rachel

        Got it! I’m on the market too, so I don’t want to say too much, but I’m sending you an email. 🙂

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