Post on Interdisciplinary PhDs from “The Professor Is In”

The Professor Is In: The Curse of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D.

I always hear that universities are looking for interdisciplinarity, but I’m getting an interdisciplinary Ph.D., and I’m not having much luck so far. Does my choice complicate my job search?

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The fact is: There are far fewer interdisciplinary departments than there are traditional disciplinary ones. If your Ph.D. is from an interdisciplinary department (like, say, my old departments of East Asian languages and cultures), then you end up with a Ph.D. that is not 100-percent “legible,” from a disciplinary standpoint, to folks in many of the departments who might hire you.

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read the full article at https://chroniclevitae.com/news/548-the-professor-is-in-the-curse-of-the-interdisciplinary-ph-d

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