Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Mixed Messages

Since I'm attending a highly rated university, I should aim for a tenure track position. At least, that's what the talking heads say. But the message I get from looking at these graphs is rather different.

2 comments:

Jeff Erickson said...

Ah, but what about the derivatives? If your department is anything like mine, those graphs were significantly more skewed ten years ago. (The student derivatives, on the other hand....)

Talking Heads say, "Girls are getting into abstract analysis,/ They want to make intuitive leap./ They are making plans that have far reaching effects./ And the girls want to be with the girls."

Talking Heads say, "So think about this little scene; apply it to your life./ If your work isn't what you love, then something isn't right."

Talking Heads say, "Watch out. You might get what you're after."

Talking Heads say, "Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was...Same as it ever was..."

FemaleCSGradStudent said...

You forgot,

Talking heads say "My god, how did I get here?"

It's not so much the numbers that bother me as much as the distribution. If I interpret these graphs and do what they say, as a woman, I'm just as likely to get a job as a lecturer as I am a tenured position.

But then, my "problem" has always been that I don't do what graphs say.