Can I cite my friend’s work in my own? (From the Hey Jane Archives)

May 29, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Posted in Networking, Professional Development, Publishing | Leave a comment


“I want to cite my friend’s work in my new book, but I don’t know if it is appropriate to do because of our relationship. I don’t want to recreate the ‘Old Boys Network’ of which I’ve always been critical.”


I say, if the work is relevant to cite, of course you should cite it!  You should also let your colleague know that you have cited her.  It is particularly important for young scholars to know when and where they have been cited for tenure and promotion consideration.  And citations in books are often harder to track than citations in articles.  I would also add that if your friend’s work is good, you might consider assigning it in your classes, recommending it to other colleagues, and nominating it for an award.

While the exclusivity of the so-called “Old Boys Network” can be very frustrating, we could all learn a thing or two about self-promotion, networking, and supporting our colleagues.  In fact the mission of organizations like SWS is, in part, to do these things in a more inclusive way than the “Old Boys” model.  Unfortunately, after 10 years in the discipline, I am just learning some of these things, but many SWS members do them very well. Hopefully the lists of ideas below will spur the listserv to generate more ideas for all of us.

Suggestions for supporting and promoting our colleagues: Continue Reading Can I cite my friend’s work in my own? (From the Hey Jane Archives)…


Teaching Tips & Links from Professor Jane

May 19, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Posted in Films/Documentaties, Teaching & Mentoring | Leave a comment

Signs announces a new publication reviewing films for the feminist classroom. Check out the reviews in issue the first issue.

Included films: My Daughter the Terrorist, No! The Rape Documentary, Living on the Fault Line, Where Race and Family Meet, Slumdog Millionaire, The Breast Cancer Diaries

And Jessie over at Thinking at the Interface has a fantastic list of documentaries for classroom use.

The New York Times has an article on the video “The Story of Stuff” about the effects of consumption.

Tomorrow’s Professor has a great article on testing and grading strategies.

A few guidelines about testing and grading can help instructors to: (1) strengthen the process of instruction, (2) clarify the diagnostic value of testing, (3) make a fair assessment of what each student knows, and (4) report this achievement through grades.

And the Everyday Sociology Blog has a great piece on “cognitive dissonance” and sociology classes. I’m tempted to send my summer students as required reading. What do you think?

Jane Recommends [Links]

May 12, 2009 at 2:43 am | Posted in Publishing, Technology, Writing | Leave a comment

Historiann has an interesting post about reputation and measures of quality in women’s history journals— mentions Gender & Society.

Historiann has another great post, this time on “opting out”– reminding us all we have the power to say no and not participate in discussions and situations that may be unhealthy for us.

Becky over at the Every Day Sociology Blog writes about using participant observation to study subcultures and includes recommendations for further reading.

Tomorrow’s Professor Blog has tips on writing before you’re ready and avoiding writer’s block.

There are some great suggestions for Internet tools for PhD students (and not only for students) over at 32 Days Remaining.

Lifehacker recommends a new Firefox addon to keep you from goofing off online when you should be working.

On the Job Market When You Have a Tenure Track Job (From the Hey Jane Archives)

May 1, 2009 at 1:24 am | Posted in Job Market, New Faculty, Tenure | Leave a comment


“Although I already have a tenure-track job, I have decided to go back on the job market.  I’m afraid that if I don’t include a letter of reference from a colleague in my current department, then the search committees will think that I am underperforming in my current job.  What advice can you give me about informing my current departmental colleagues about my job search?”


Generally, pre-tenure, it’s not advisable to let it be widely known that you are on the job market.  Despite your actual reasons for searching, people will come up with their own interpretations.  They may assume that you are unhappy in the department, that you are just trying to get a raise, or that you are afraid that you might not be granted tenure.  All of these interpretations may influence the way you are treated in your department by some people.

With that said, I think it is assumed in academia (and in most fields) that everyone is potentially always on the job market and if they find another job that improves their lives, they might resign.   One big difference between academia and other fields is that our job searches are spread out over a much longer time frame than most.  This leaves us with a much longer time period to feel like we are “keeping a secret.” I’ve known people who love their jobs and love their departments, but simply want to move to a different geographic location.  Because they have supportive colleagues, they feel guilty about even looking for another job.  There’s no need to feel guilty, I think most people understand that you “have to do what you have to do.”

As far as a letter of recommendation, if you have a departmental colleague whom you really trust to be confidential, you could ask her or him to be a reference.  It can certainly be handy to have a letter that says “so-and-so is an amazing scholar, teacher, colleague and human being who would be a terrific addition to your faculty.  We really would hate to lose so-and-so, but our loss would be your gain.” However, that letter doesn’t have to come from someone in your department, but might come from a trusted colleague in another department at your institution.  If it is simply not possible to ask anyone at your institution for a recommendation, don’t fret, search committees understand the delicacy of applying for jobs while you are currently employed.

As for informing the rest of your departmental faculty, I would say wait until you have a written offer on the table.  However, if you are hoping to receive a counter-offer from your home institution, you will probably need to begin talking with your chair and/or dean with only a verbal offer.

Once you are tenured, job hunting is a whole different story.  At this point, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask for a letter from a departmental colleague.  Ideally, you wouldn’t want to bother people for letters until you have made a short-list based on your CV, however, some searches will request letters right away.  In this case, you might contact the search committee and ask if you can postpone letters of recommendation until the short-list phase of the search. At this level, there is still no need to widely inform people of your search, however, once you’ve been invited to interview, it’s probably okay to let people know.  Often, someone desired elsewhere becomes more valued at home.  Once you’ve been offered the interview, you might want to inform your home institution because some administrators have the freedom to make preemptive counter-offers to encourage faculty to decline the interview.  The counter-offer might be attractive enough that you will choose to forgo the interview.  However, if you turn down the counter-offer and then are not offered a job, you have lost out on whatever was offered by your home institution.

A few more things to consider: Continue Reading On the Job Market When You Have a Tenure Track Job (From the Hey Jane Archives)…

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