Statements of Support

If you’d like to express support for this project – anonymous or otherwise – we welcome your statement of support (link at bottom of page).

Anonymous Survey Responses from Past Job Candidate Participants

“It made a big difference in my confidence and skill to seek job offers, write job applications and cope with rejections; it also improved my confidence in seeking feedback on my applications from various sources and taking this feedback in a positive and productive way”

“Going into interviews, I was not sure what kinds of questions panels would ask me, so my mentor helped prepare me for that. Going into campus visits, I had no idea what kinds of conversations to expect with deans, associate deans, or graduate students, so she had lots of advice on how to navigate those encounters.”

“The conversations with my mentor helped me feel more assured in my own priorities on the job market, and see the costs/benefits involved more clearly.”

“It made me feel more comfortable and it helped me with my confidence in the market!”

“[The job market is] a truly harrowing process, in ways that I don’t even have the words to express. My committee was not always available to me, especially now that I am out of grad school. So I didn’t always feel like I had a lot of support there, and [this program] was really helpful in filling the gap.”

“I learned a ton about Skype interviewing and on-campus interviewing. I felt that my mentor was excellent at explaining to me how to handle these events. She was excellent at explaining all aspects of the job market. But this was an area where I wasn’t getting a lot of specific and detailed guidance elsewhere, and she was uniquely able to talk to me in great detail about how to function during an on-campus interview. For instance, she made sure to tell me to always say “Yes” when I was asked whether I needed to use the restroom between events on my visit schedule and I followed that advice, and it was great advice I wouldn’t have thought of myself.”

“It took a lot of pressure off. Being able to talk to someone and receive encouragement was very meaningful. Also the opportunity to think of different ways of presenting my work was very beneficial.”

“Getting external feedback on my documents was immensely helpful as was troubleshooting inappropriate and difficult interview questions I received in the previous year.”

“It was mostly useful in assuring me that my general approach to job apps was reasonable and not peculiar to me or my department. It helped me have a sense of independence from my department and gave me a clear model to follow. My mentor was much closer to someone I could identify with than any faculty in my department.”

“As was the case for most people, some parts of the job market were a bit rough for me (this was my first year on the market), and having an outside person to give some perspective is always good in those times.”

“[The program] made me more confident, more organized, and I felt more supported and cared for. It was nice having someone to report news back to!”

“It was very good to be reassured about my application documents and to be given some suggestions on how to promote my work.”

“[The program] was very helpful to me. It was really great to have a relationship with someone outside of my department and to get advice from a woman who had recently been on the market (I often got very well-meaning but clearly outdated advice from members of my committee). Particularly with regards to my job materials, it was useful to receive feedback from someone who didn’t already know my research project.”

“I think that this program made a big difference for me as a job seeker. My mentor gave me advice that other members of my committee did not. Sometimes it was small things (e.g., keeps snacks and water in your bag during an on campus visit and excuse yourself to the restroom regularly to stay nourished and hydrated) and sometimes large (e.g., accepting a job A is more strategic than accepting job B). It felt good to know that I had someone to talk to who had volunteered in this capacity and so was in a special way obligated to tend to my needs. She also did a lot to improve my confidence in my applications and myself, and that was really important as a first-time job applicant.”

“My school has no support for the job application process – no placement director, and the year I applied, no graduate director either. Initially, I wasn’t sure what jobs to apply for or how best to describe what I do – I felt a lot of uncertainty. I learned a lot through the program, and also gained skills and confidence that I know will help me in the future.”

“I have excellent placement support from my home department. However, all of my committee members and our graduate placement director are men. So the primary asset was being able to talk to a woman about possible issues with being asked about my marital status and having a two body problem, and interview advice (including things like how to dress).”

“I felt much more supported and much more like I had options available to me when I was seeking advice. My mentor helped me to feel like she was pulling for me, and like I was less alone in the process. I also liked the [Eastern] APA meeting. That was something safe and low-stakes to look forward to that weekend.”

“At the very least, it helped manage my stress during the whole process SIGNIFICANTLY. Just having someone in my court who I could ask dumb questions and tell that I was feeling insecure and nervous was a huge help. [My mentor] was patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable. I think also that some of [her] advice helped me be more confident and calm in my interviews.”

Anonymous Survey Responses from Past Mentor Participants

“Yes, I think [the program] was valuable. [My candidate] has given me very positive feedback. It wasn’t valuable in terms of actual pay-off–she didn’t land a job–but I think I made the process easier and less lonely/depressing for her. I think I made it likelier that she’ll try again and stick with philosophy, at least longer than she would have.”

“Although my candidate did not succeed in obtaining a new position through her search, she said that my advising and support were helpful throughout the process.”

“I think [the program was valuable]. She was given very little guidance and often some mis-direction by her (older, well-ensconced) committee.”

“I know that it was [valuable]. I spent a lot of time with her, and I stopped her from making simple but costly mistakes.”

“My candidate has given me tons of feedback–all positive. I know she found the advice and support useful and that she noticed that some of it was immediately successful, particularly for the interviews. She has communicated to me that our conversations were helpful both at the practical level and for giving her confidence throughout the process.”

“I’ve never been so grateful for the market prep I got in grad school, and I’d repeat that information for others over and over again.”

“I think my candidate benefitted from our interactions. She’s certainly expressed gratitude, and she’s sought my advice on various things beyond the specified scope of the mentoring scheme.”

“[My mentee] told me that the advice, support and skype meetings were really helpful and that she regarded her participation in the mentoring program as a success.”

“[My mentee] didn’t end up applying for much this time around–only a couple of post-docs. But her plan for this round was always to be very selective given her circumstances. I think she appreciated that the program allowed for the flexibility of mentors responding to the particular needs of mentees.”

“I think the experiences was valuable for my mentee. She expressed that my support played a huge role both in her decision to apply to a particular job and her willingness to accept it when offered. We worked together on her documents and also clarified aspects of the process that initially seemed unclear. The need for this program was very clear to me in our interactions and I am glad I was able to play a role in helping another woman get a a TT position in philosophy.”

Public Statements of Support

“The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy is an excellent platform to connect those who have experience with the job market and have navigated it successfully with those who would benefit from extra support and guidance. It has been a pleasure serving as a mentor! I hope that The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy continues to grow and thrive, and that it motivates others to start similar mentoring programs for underrepresented groups in philosophy.”

-Lisa Miracchi

“In the UK, within my sub-field, Ancient Philosophy, there remains a proponderance of males to females in permanent positions (lectureships or the like); this is still despite the fact that, generally speaking, Ancient Philosophy in the UK has closer ties with Classics, a field that has historically had a more balanced gender ratio for permanent posts than Philosophy.  I welcome a project that seeks to target directed support of junior female colleagues in their pursuit of permanent employment, and encourage the programme directors and mentors to collaborate with Classicists as well – both those more experienced colleagues who can offer guidance on promoting an environment that encourages gender equity, and those junior colleagues who are seeking permanent employment in Ancient Philosophy.”

-Phillip Horky
Durham University

“This is a wonderful program. The fact is that philosophy has a bad gender imbalance, in part caused by various biases and institutional challenges that burden women more than men. This hurts women going on the market in two ways. First of all, of course, they face the additional burdens these biases create. But the dearth of women in the field also means that women grad students have fewer mentors who have experienced — and successfully navigated — these biases themselves. In short, philosophy’s gender imbalance makes it harder for women going on the market to find mentors with first-hand experience of the additional burdens women in philosophy face. To be sure, we should continue to work on the larger structural issues that cause these imbalances, but this program in particular can help women on the market NOW.  Thus this program is especially welcome.”

-Eugene Marshall
Florida International University

“As a placement co-director I am very happy to hear about this resource for people on the market, and I can attest that Amanda Greene has quite a track record in this regard, having led as a graduate student significant and productive efforts to reform our placement practices here.”

-Mark Crimmins

“This is a wonderful initiative. Even where mentoring does not directly result in successful job-market outcomes, it provides a human connection through an otherwise alienating and inhumane process. Increasing the number of supportive personal connections outside of traditional graduate school and career channels will be a net gain for the philosophical community.”

-Derek Bowman

“When I applied for jobs two years ago, I was very fortunate to get a lot of good advice and support from my advisor and my department, and it was very comforting to have a group of peers who were in the same situation as me. I realize that not everyone is as lucky as I was in having such a supportive and proactive environment, so I am happy to be able to help out other job candidates through The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy.”

-Julia Staffel
Washington University in St.Louis

“Women face some unique challenges when going on the job market and transitioning from their PhDs to their first academic jobs. When I was on the job market in 2011, I was incredibly grateful to have an informal community of women philosophers offering advice, support, and sponsorship.  I am so glad there are programs like The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy to help expand and deepen this network.  And (like Helena) I loved getting to know the junior woman I worked with this past Fall—the whole experience made me quite optimistic for the future of our discipline.”

-Meghan Sullivan
University of Notre Dame

“When I entered the philosophy job market in 2011 I was visibly pregnant (my last interview I was 38 weeks!), so I know all too well the unique and difficult challenges that women can face in this process, especially women who choose to start their own family before they secure an academic appointment.  I did not have a female mentor to guide me, but I was aware of others who had been through a similar situation and was able to get some support and advice.   Now that I have a TT appointment, the opportunity to help women struggling to navigate these difficult waters, especially women who might otherwise lack access to the support of similarly situated female peers, is very important to me.”

-Jennifer Frey
University of South Carolina

“Many philosophy programs provide sensible and helpful general advice to their graduate students about applying for jobs in philosophy. What those programs are less likely to supply, in a reliable and even fashion, is the kind of tailored feedback and emotional support that are equally essential to the success (and wellbeing) of freshly minted job candidates.  This sort of encouragement is especially important for women, who face special burdens on the philosophy job market. The Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy is an innovative, practical and inspiring attempt to fill this gap, by connecting female graduate students and junior faculty in a variety of creative ways.  This is good news for students, good news for faculty (I’ve loved getting to know my mentee!) and good news for the profession.  I strongly support it.”

-Helena de Bres
Wellesley College

“When I went on the job market, I knew I would have to answer hard questions from brilliant people about my work during interviews and  Q&A’s. I could anticipate what all that would feel like: a job interview or talk would be like conversations I’d been having in graduate school, except with a more intense glucocorticoid rush. What stressed me out was the prospect of having to present myself as just the right sort of bundle of achievements, potential, collegial charm, and unobjectionable APA-smoker deportment. I had no idea how I would handle this sort of context of assessment, let alone how to project the right qualities at the right times. But I was fortunate to have talented and supportive Princeton alumnae, fellow job candidates, and junior faculty to give me sage advice about what to do during interviews, the APA, campus visits, and negotiations. I’d like to do what I can to ensure that other women starting out in philosophy get the sort of useful guidance I got.”

-Kristin Primus
NYU and Georgetown

“When I entered the job market in 2013, I was the first woman from my school to “go on the market” in 6 years. I had good support from the faculty, but most of them were senior. The whole period from August to March was grueling, and I would not have gotten through it without two critical networks of support: a close-knit group of classmates, and a network of women who were either on the market at the same time or had recently been on it. There were a handful of women — Anna-Sara Malmgren, Alison McQueen, Daniela Dover, Nandi Theunissen, and Helena de Bres — whose advice and compassionate support came at crucial times for me. It so happened that I could turn to these people, fellow women who were experiencing or had just experienced what I was going through. I want all women on the job market to at least have one junior woman they can turn to for support and advice. Sometimes it is easy to grow discouraged around our discipline’s issues with inclusiveness, and so I chose to start something concrete, practical, and positive in order to support women as they enter the profession.”

-Amanda Greene
University of Chicago

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