Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Post-docs with students

Is this like the academic equivalent of teen-age pregnancy?

5 comments:

John Wilkins said...

Dang, I hope not: I'm a postdoc with a part share in a PhD candidate and an MA student...

Kate said...

It's not teenage pregnancy, it's worse: casualization. Gee, I just love capitalism.

Thermochronic said...

I don't have any formal students, but I I help advise a bunch, and I actually think it is a reasonable part of my professional development. Like TA-ing helps develop your teaching skills, this helps develop my advisorial skills, maybe make my first actual students (of course assuming I land an academic job) less of a big deal. Easy for it to be taken too far though, potentially very dangerous for the students expecially.

Brian said...

Really depends on the post-doc...like professors, some are much more likely to put the work and dedication into being a good mentor.
Others will be at best useless, and at worst detrimental, to the students development.

Dr. Lemming said...

I ever said teenagers weren't great at tutoring, or nannying, or baby sitting...