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As a fourth year doctoral candidate, in addition to having completed comprehensive examinations and prospectus and working on the dissertation, my thoughts are also turning towards the job market and securing that first academic position. This purpose of this blog is to chronicle the trials and tribulations of completing my Ph.D. and finding that first job.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

The Opinions Expressed...

So, after something that happened last week a friend and fellow blogger suggested that I write up one of these.

The opinions expressed in this blog are my own and if you feel that I am speaking on your behalf, please re-read this post as necessary.

The purpose of this blog is to discuss my transition from a doctoral student to a member of the academy. This should have included the completion of my comps and prospectus, along with the current work on the dissertation. It may also include some of my own research interests (minus virtual schooling which is discussed on my research blog - Virtual High School Meanderings). It typically also includes my opinions about various things in the academy and the different organizations that I am involved in.

Speaking of being involved, I am - quite actively in most instances. Because of this active involvement, people tend to talk to me about their thoughts, ideas, and concerns. From time to time I will share these thoughts, ideas, and concerns on this blog.

In these instances, I may from time to time use the term "we". This is not an all encompassing we, so it does not represent any specific group of individuals that I may be associated with, it does not represent any institution I may be affliated with, and it does not represent any organization that I may belong to. The "we" is simply me and the people who have talked to me to express a similar theme to what I have written about. If you didn't talk to me about this theme or if our opinions differ, than you are not included as a part of the "we".

Blogs are like online, public journals - diaries even. In the same way someone wouldn't write to speak on behalf of others in their journal or diary, the opinions expressed on this blog are mine (the above noted "we" being the exception).

If you feel like I am trying to speak on your behalf and you disagree with what I have said, I'd ask you to do three things:
  1. post a comment to the entry expressing your disagreement;
  2. remember that the opinions expressed here are mine or mine and the people who have talked to me that I agree with; and
  3. re-read this entry as often as necessary.

Thanks for the counsel and suggestion Scott...

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