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A Podcast for Potential Applicants, Graduate Students, and Recent Graduates of Graduate School. Real talk regarding the graduate school experience for those who do not fit the prototypical graduate student. Thorough Description Coming Soon! Visit our Website at http://www.theunlikelyacademic.com Join our private Facebook discussion group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unlikelyacademicpodcast/ or email us at questions [at] theunlikelyacademic.com Podcast Theme Song: The Outsiders ft Aj Aka Zhou - I Know We Gon Make It https://youtu.be/nxU1IkSd2Vo

A Podcast for Potential Applicants, Graduate Students, and Recent Graduates of Graduate School. Real talk regarding the graduate school experience for those who do not fit the prototypical graduate student. Thorough Description Coming Soon! Visit our Website at http://www.theunlikelyacademic.com Join our private Facebook discussion group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unlikelyacademicpodcast/ or email us at questions [at] theunlikelyacademic.com Podcast Theme Song: The Outsiders ft Aj Aka Zhou - I Know We Gon Make It https://youtu.be/nxU1IkSd2Vo
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A Podcast for Potential Applicants, Graduate Students, and Recent Graduates of Graduate School. Real talk regarding the graduate school experience for those who do not fit the prototypical graduate student. Thorough Description Coming Soon! Visit our Website at http://www.theunlikelyacademic.com Join our private Facebook discussion group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unlikelyacademicpodcast/ or email us at questions [at] theunlikelyacademic.com Podcast Theme Song: The Outsiders ft Aj Aka Zhou - I Know We Gon Make It https://youtu.be/nxU1IkSd2Vo

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English


Episodes

S01E15 -- Respect my Authoritah, Hope for the Best but Plan for the Worst in Graduate School and Teaching.

5/21/2019
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In this episode of the Unlikely Academics Podcast, the cohosts address the very controversial topic of preparing for the unfortunate potential of protecting one’s self from toxic authority and when to file an official complaint. The podcast begins discussing some examples where expectations on the part of faculty, staff, or lab management can result in tension and/or the perception of failure. Dr. Silver discusses his work briefly in university administration and the investigation of...

Duration:00:58:06

S01E14 -- The Perception of Competition in Graduate School

5/18/2019
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This week’s episode discusses the perception of competition within graduate school. The co-hosts discuss how competition or the perception of competition can be both productive and toxic depending on program or lab culture. The Unlikely Academics discuss how different leadership styles can constructively capitalize on competition or destructively create program or lab-based dissention. The Unlikely Academics discuss ways to navigate the hostile forms of competition and find ways to brand...

Duration:01:11:45

S01E13 Managing Expectations and the Perception of Entitlement in Graduate School

5/8/2019
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In this podcast, the unlikely academics tackle the controversial topic of perceptions of entitlement. We use this phrase because there are overarching generational assumptions made regarding current undergraduates and graduate students from age 18 to 30 and ways to manage these perceptions even when there is no objective reality to the perception. The podcast begins by first addressing listener feedback. First, we received a question regarding other podcasts on the topic of graduate school...

Duration:01:46:28

S01E12 -- The Psychology of Bullsh*t and Graduate School in Canada. An interview with Unlikely Academic, Doctoral Student, and Cognitive Psychologist, Mr. Shane Littrell from the University of Waterloo.

5/4/2019
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In a surprise interview with the Unlikely Academics, Mr. Coleman, Dr. Holcombe, and Dr. Silver welcome Doctoral Student Shane Littrell to this episode. Mr. Littrell shares his research on the Psychology of Bullshit, dual process theory, and belief formation in his Cognitive Psychology Program at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo Ontario Canada. Shane is a 43-year-old non-traditional student who had his first career in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Restaurant Management and...

Duration:01:07:04

S01E11 – The Working-Class Philosopher and His Analysis of the Absurdism of Applying to Graduate School and other Musings in the Deconstruction through Philosophy of the Higher Education Industry.

4/29/2019
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Trigger Warning: This Episode Addresses the Issues of Depression, Institutional Alienation, the Philosophical Underpinnings of Applying to Graduate School, and the Psychological Implications of rejection. Please be aware that the listeners will hear more explicit language as well as themes of clinical depression and concern with mortality. If these themes easily trigger you, we highly recommend skipping this episode. This Week’s Special Edition Podcast (2 Hour Episode) is an analysis of...

Duration:01:52:48

S01E10 Academic Conferences and Travel Dos and Do Nots, Why Not Treat Yourself!

4/24/2019
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The Unlikely Academics discuss the joys of traveling to Academic Conferences and the expectations of students when attending. They speak to ways to save money, connect with scholars, and find other students and academics with similar interests. They discuss setting expectations with one’s advisor, networking with fellow students, and the opportunities to travel where one’s budget or funding permit. They discuss the importance of attending conferences either regional, national, or...

Duration:01:21:26

S01E09 – To Graduate School or Not to Graduate School, the perspective from two non-traditional undergraduate students in considering their graduate journey.

4/18/2019
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Are you an undergraduate between the ages of 17 to 25? Do you feel lost and confused about the graduate school application process almost to the point of being overwhelmed? You are not alone! In this week’s episode, Dr. Jenny Holcombe and Dr. Chris Silver interview two (Carisha and Melody) brilliant (non-traditional students) undergraduate psychology majors related to their educational journey and what brought each of them to pursue higher education. Carisha and Melody shared the challenges...

Duration:01:38:34

S01E08 – You Have Been Accepted to Graduate School, Which Do You Chose (including a Response to our Listeners).

4/6/2019
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Drs. Jenny Holcombe and Christopher F. Silver (sans Mr. Tommy Coleman) discuss what to do when you receive a graduate offer. The podcast begins addressing a listener’s feedback regarding the demographic representation of the co-hosts. We share how we came to create this podcast and the reflexivity behind our intentions. We discuss the importance we place on the various narratives that exist in academia seeking to give information to help all that find it useful. We then shift to considering...

Duration:01:26:24

S01E07 – The Philosophy of Rejection, An interview with Philosopher Austin Kippes

3/28/2019
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As Part 2 of the Graduate School Rejection Series, Dr. Jenny Holcombe is back and adds her thoughts to the previous episode providing further insights into coping with rejection as well as ways to help others who experience rejection. Following Jenny’s ideas, the Unlikely Academics shift to their first interview with Robert Austin Kippes B.A., M.A., a multi-disciplinary philosopher and adjunct instructor at UT Chattanooga. Austin shares his narrative regarding how he came to choose his...

Duration:01:19:06

S01E06 I did not get in, or my friend did not get into graduate school, so now what?

3/20/2019
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The Unlikely Academics sans Dr. Holcombe discuss methods for moving forward after receiving rejection notifications from graduate school. First, assuming one has received rejections from graduating school, we consider ways of conducting what we term “post mortem” where an applicant reviews their applications, decisions related to picking graduate programs, and all the data points used to apply for various types of graduate programs now or in the future. Second, we discuss being supportive of...

Duration:01:03:14

S01E05 Writing a Personal Statement and What if you are Contacted for an Interview?

3/14/2019
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As Part Three of the Applying to Graduate School Series, The Unlikely Academics discuss the components of a common element of many graduate applications also known as the Personal Statement or Personal Narrative. They also discuss making it through the first stage of the application process to the next phase called the interview. Both of these can take many different forms depending on the type of graduate program one applies to and can differ wildly. The Unlikely Academics discuss common...

Duration:00:52:37

S01E04 How to Organize an Application to Graduate School and Making Contact

3/13/2019
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In Memory of Dr. Paul Watson Psychology Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In this episode, the Unlikely Academics first reflect on the loss of their collaborator, professor, and friend Dr. Paul Watson who recently passed away. The Unlikely Academics shift the topic to discuss methods for identifying potential graduate programs including tips for making contact, organizing information, setting expectations both for you and the program, official and unofficial visits,...

Duration:01:04:44

S01E03 The Truth about Standardized Testing and other Nuggets of Bureaucratic Profitability in Applying to Grad School

3/7/2019
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In this episode as part of a multipart series on applying to graduate school, The Unlikely Academics discuss Standardized Testing with a particular focus on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). They consider how the GRE is used, the costs of testing, the process of testing, how scores are reported, and the downstream consequences to good versus bad scores when applying to Graduate School. Further, they discuss ways to sidestep Standardized Testing as a primary indicator, taking into account a...

Duration:01:02:49

S01E02 Applying to Graduate School for the Rest of Us.

2/21/2019
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In this Podcast, the Unlikely Academics discuss applying to graduate school for those who do not fit the "graduate student" mold (i.e., non-traditional students, diverse populations, first-generation college students, and other collegiate deviants). What are the types of programs? What do these programs look for? How do they differ in terms of culture? How does one apply when they are not upper middle class applicants between the ages of 20 and 25?

Duration:01:21:01

S01E01 Don't Do It, Let Us Talk You Out of Graduate School

2/13/2019
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Are you thinking about graduate school? As their initial podcast, The Unlikely Academics discuss reasons not to go to graduate school paying particular attention to themes of the kinds of issues potential applicants may not have considered. Topics include money, family, relationships, life balance, loss, publishing, egos, advisors, working late hours, moving, and the various types of programs available to non-traditional students and other Unlikely Academics. We reflect on our own...

Duration:00:39:33

Getting to Know the Hosts of The Unlikely Academics

2/2/2019
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Welcome to the Unlikely Academic’s Podcast. As part of our initial test of our Podcast hardware and software, the Co-Hosts provide some insight into their academic journeys. This is to share openly about each of our adventures in becoming academics. It is important to note that we all three are still on this journey of learning and discovery. We share critical milestones in our lives that helped make us the people we are today. More to Come

Duration:01:11:06