About the PhDictionary

Whether you’re a college junior thinking about grad programs—a near-completion doctoral student looking at the faculty job ads—an assistant professor anticipating your tenure review—or a dissertation advisor hoping to help your own students thrive in the academic marketplace—The PhDictionary has knowledge, wisdom, and tools that will aid you in your task. In this book, I bring both current data and personal stories into definitions of 150 key phrases and concepts you will need to know (or pretend to know) as you navigate your academic careers.

I started work on the book in 2013, and the first entry I wrote was for Curriculum Vitae, or CV. When I was applying to graduate schools in 1991, they all asked for a CV, and I had never even heard the term. I read all kinds of resume manuals, none of which used the term CV anywhere, and finally cobbled something together. Fast forward to 2011, and one of my own graduate students was applying to a doctoral program. She said, “Could I get a copy of your CV? I’ve never seen one before.” And I suddenly realized how many things I’d learned over twenty-some years that I once didn’t know, things I mostly learned on my own.

The rest came easy.