I have worked as an Assistant Professor in Japan for 5 years and can apply for promotion, but for personal reasons, I cannot live in Japan. I plan to apply for a Senior Lecturer/Reader position in the UK.

A friend of mine who works in the UK told me you cannot get a teaching position in the UK unless you have studied or worked in the UK higher education.

She suggested that I have a better chance to get a job in the US where universities do not expect a local experience if the application is strong at the international standard.

I posted this on the Physics Site and I was warned that I would be best fit here.

I’m a freshman undergrad and I plan to get a Physics major. I don’t know actually in what area I want to follow, I do have an idea that I don’t want to be and Experimental Physicist but I’m open to every experience. I know many universities offer their colloquium/talk on the Internet which most of the times I find very interesting and informative, but I find it hard to get to know many good colloquia. I will be very glad if you can recommend me anything that would help me to understand the research fields in Physics and Mathematics.

It is last minute in academia. I have a job offer that would start almost immediately and hinder me from going to an interview at another school.

School (offered) #1
1. dream location
2. less money (7,500 less)
3. teaching college classes to a high school (new experience)
4. Definite job

School (interview scheduled) #2
1. unfamiliar location
2. more money (7,500 more)
3. teaching community college (what I usually do and like)
4. Not even interviewed yet

I am horrible at making decisions. Should I accept job #1 and be happy to have a job and probably like it? Or should I chance it and wait for the interview for school #2? I might have no job at all that way. I know I will love living in job #1’s area. But I know I will love doing job #2. In this economy, do I take the job that comes and be grateful or do I take a risk? I eventually want to move to location #1, just with more money and maybe a community college or university. I also very much want a job right now and not to be a poor adjunct crashing with others for another year.

Thank you for your advice!!!

In General Terms

I am majoring in piano performance (classical), which is not considered academic where I live (the Netherlands), although the dutch Bachelor/Master of Music degrees are internationally recognised anyway. As such my subject knowledge of music is easily sufficient to read journal articles about classical music, but I was never taught how to navigate journals. I am looking for certain information, which I know a certain author has published about. So far I have found two articles that mention the information I am looking for, but both defer to different articles, neither of which I have been able to access.

I was hoping the community here could explain to me how to look for these articles. Although I would be helped by someone pointing out where to find the specific articles I want to read, a more general answer about the approach I could take will probably be of more use to future readers; I personally would be happy with either style of answer.

I am not sure whether this question is on-topic (but I hope it is). On the one hand, I suppose the skills necessary to read and find journal articles (in other words, the skills I’m missing) are an important part of academia, making this question on-topic. On the other hand, I am neither an academic, nor an active member of this community, so I am in no position to judge what is and is not on-topic here.

In Specific Terms

I am looking for publications about improvising cadenzas in Mozart piano concertos, by Robert (D.) Levin. I know he has published about this, since he mentioned his work in this area during a lecture I attended.

I started by searching JSTOR for articles written by Levin and found one article related to what I am looking for: “Improvised Embellishments in Mozart’s Keyboard Music” by Robert Levin.

This article (although very interesting) doesn’t contain much about cadenzas, except for one sentence on the last page:

I have chosen not to treat the construction and rhetoric of cadenzas here, as I have done this elsewhere.

Ironically, this is exactly what I’m looking for. Fortunately, the “elsewhere” has a footnote, reading

See n. 1 and Levin ‘Improvisation and Embellishment in Mozart Piano Concertos’, Musical Newsletter V/2 (Spring 1975), pp. 3-14.

I assume “n. 1” is referencing footnote 1, which reads as follows:

For discussion of these sources see R. D. Levin, ‘Instrumental Ornamentation, Improvisation and Cadenzas’, Performance Practice

and unfortunately the rest of the reference is obscured by a misprint, courtesy of Oxford University Press (I even contacted JSTOR support to check), but here the second article I found comes in handy. I found it through Google on scribd.com and it’s called ‘Improvising Cadenzas in Mozart’. It was written by Leslie Hart in the series ‘The Creative Hornist’, with series editor Jeffrey Agrell. This article contains a bit more information about cadenzas but I’m concerned about the quality. Fortunately, it has a footnote very similar to n. 1 from the Levin article:

Robert D. Levin, ‘Instrumental Ornamentation, Improvisation and Cadenzas’, in Norton/Grove Handbooks in Music: Performance Practice: Music after 1600. ed. Howard Mayer Brown and Stanley Sadie (Norton, New York, 1990), 283.

I assume this has to be the source, just in a different citation style. I think this citation means that Robert Levin wrote an article that was then somehow incorporated in this handbook. (Is that correct?) This handbook I could find on amazon but it is prohibitively expensive; I would gladly pay to read this article, but I’m not going to buy a $550 book for one chapter – would it be possible to somehow buy (access to) only the article separately?

This leaves me with the other source mentioned, “Improvisation and Embellishment in Mozart Piano Concertos”. Unfortunately I have no clue how to find this article. Searching the full JSTOR catalogue instead of just the part my school has a license for turns up a few more articles by Levin but not this one. JSTOR doesn’t even list “Musical Newsletter” as a music journal. While searching for this ‘musical newsletter’ with Google, the only reference to the 1975 issue I could find was in the catalogue of the San Francisco public library – not a big help. Is there any way I could read this article? Does this Musical Newsletter still exist?

How should I proceed?

I came across the following statement by the Chicago University Press:

If your book has its origins in a dissertation, your acknowledgments should not draw attention to this fact, as it will discourage library sales and book review attention.

Why are dissertation-based books looked down upon?

A dissertation-based book is not necessarily of low quality. I was surprised to read such a statement from a respected publisher. Isn’t this unprofessional? If there is such a stereotype, shouldn’t a publisher like the Chicago University Press refrain from nurturing it?

The University of Southern California (U.S.C.) medical school is currently rocked by a sex and drugs scandal involving the dean of the school — and possibly other faculty and administrative leaders that worked to cover up the scandal.

Would attending a graduate program rocked by scandals hurt one’s chances of landing academic jobs afterwards?


[1] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/us/usc-scandal-carmen-puliafito.html

[2] http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-usc-dean-pasadena-overdose-20170725-htmlstory.html

I chose my current PhD position because of funding limitation and the reputation of my institute last year. After a year, it’s a disaster, because I have no interest in my PhD project. I haven’t read any papers in my personal time since I started my PhD. I’m not interested in what my labmates are doing whenever they are presenting. Though my project works perfectly fine, I just don’t care about it.

Many rumors prevail in our lab regarding our supervisor; for example not supportive to graduating PhD students. Therefore, the morale and atmosphere in our laboratory has been strange. Yet, I’ve managed to maintain a moderate relationship with him. I have worked as a summer student in several labs and understand that no lab is free of anecdotes from the supervisor.

My only concern is that my passion in science will decay with my project. A year ago, I still had the lust to ask infinite questions in the summer lab, but I’m like a dying whale on the beach today. I feel very sad, because my family and my friends have great expectation from me.

I would like to change labs or start from a master’s degree level again, but I’m not sure if it is feasible, especially since my supervisor is rather special. Please help me and give me some suggestions.

This study will assess the implementations of lean manufacturing and evaluate its effect on the flexibility presentation of automobile industry in Malaysia. Moreover this study will ration the indirect effect of environmental dynamics; this aspect will almost support the working individuals for seeing these environmental factors while on job performances. This study will be very helpful for incoming young researchers to get assistance in Malaysia perspective and move this topic in thorough study. The characteristic significance of this study is that this the first kind of study that is going to be conducted din Malaysia context, the results of this study will assist many professionals in diverse areas.

As I understand, the search committee held a meeting to shortlist a few candidates from tens (or even thousands) of applications received. Thus, they should decide by a quick look at the CVs. The list of publications is the most important part of a CV, but how they can judge the quality of publications?

Many of the committee members are not expert exactly in the applicant’s field to know all the high impact journals. On the other hand, by the growing number of open access journals by unknown publishers, there are similarities in the name of high and low impact journals.

A committee member spends a few minutes to read an application, how he or she judge if this list of publications justifies being shortlisted?