Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy: A Question from a Candidate

Posted on August 30, 2016 by

Since I am entering the job market this year, I recently signed up for the Job Candidate Mentoring Program for Women in Philosophy.  Job candidates are paired with junior faculty and can also be grouped with other candidates for peer support.  I’m excited to be a part of this program and glad to see a support system for women entering the job market.

Their webpage cites some unique challenges women face:

  • concerns and questions about reproductive choices and how those choices might impact career success
  • concerns and questions about marital status
  • concerns about what constitutes appropriate attire and appearance of a “serious” philosopher
  • and studies that show women are at a disadvantage in negotiating situations (e.g. for salary and benefits) and how women may need to negotiate differently than men.

The deadline to sign up as either a candidate or a mentor is September 1st, which is only a few days away!  Don’t forget to take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity.  I’m particularly interested in the negotiation challenge listed above.  I plan to report back on any findings while I participate in this program.

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For now, I pose some questions to you dear readers: What sorts of specific challenges might a woman face negotiating her salary and benefits?  How can she be well-prepared to face those challenges?  How might she negotiate differently from male candidates?



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