ceed in an academic environment. This means
we need to be more discerning in who we admit
and exercise better judgment in evaluating the
progress of first- and second-year PhD candidates.
Dr. Enns is an associate professor of philosophy at McMaster
Not so fast!
one thing often left out in PhD time-to-com-
pletion debates is the way that quick completion
impacts preparation (and competition) for fac-
ulty positions. In my field, sociocultural anthro-
pology, candidates from institutions that grant
degrees that take three to five years to complete
are sometimes seen as under-prepared for inde-
pendent research work as faculty members. This
is because many top schools have tougher lan-
guage, comprehensive exam, fieldwork, thesis
and even publication requirements for achieving
the degree, meaning it might take six or more
years to complete. So in some cases, longer time
to completion means a better developed scholar,
both in fact and on paper.
Mr. Gordon is a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Toronto.
The root of the problem
thank you for this informative article (“The
PhD is in need of revision”). Over-enrolment in
graduate programs is a major problem, especially
when eligible supervisors are few. Interviewing
prospective supervisors, an excellent idea proposed by one commentator online, would have
little impact in a program where advisory faculty
are already stretched beyond their limits. In such
circumstances the temptation is to cut program
requirements, and reduce expectations for the dissertation, for example.
Indeed, shrinking expectations for graduate
work has been the trend for the past 20 years, as
I have observed it in the various graduate programs I have entered and now serve. Yet these
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