Story posted April 29, 2008
An essay extolling the virtues of a career at a liberal arts college written by Kristen R. Ghodsee, assistant professor of gender and women's studies, appears in the April 25, 2008, edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Ghodsee shares her personal story of having been a graduate student finishing her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 and looking for a job. She writes of considering a tenure-track post at Bowdoin amid advice from her professors, mentors and peers that she instead ought to pursue a position at a major research university.
She says that the advice she had been given as a graduate student was just plain wrong, and that "for serious scholars committed to living in the world of ideas, the ability to carve out of one's professional obligations enough time for reading, thinking and writing should be the true measure of whether an institution is conducive to research — and not simply whether it is called a 'research' institution."