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    OUP Response to Open Letter about OSAP Editorial Practices

    Peter Momtchiloff, the editor at Oxford University Press responsible for managing the production of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy, has written back in response to my open letter to OUP and the editorial board saying: “We are of course aware of the issue and have been working on trying to deal with it. This will take some time still but you may be sure that it is a priority for us.” He was unable to share a determinate timeline, but says that “we shall make announcements about OSAP when we can.” I look forward to seeing what steps OUP and the editorial board take. I will share an update when…

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    Open Letter to OSAP Editorial Board

    The following is an open letter I sent to the editorial board of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy in light of the responses I received to my post on response time problems at OSAP. I will post any reply or comment the board or the incoming editor would like to make in response. You may download a copy of the letter or read the entirety of it below. Dear Editorial Board of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy (OSAP), I am writing to you to share the information I have received about serious problems with current editorial practices in the hope that this will lead to reforms in the management of this…

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    UPDATED: Response Time Problems at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

    UPDATE: Victor Caston has written to let me know that he did not seek a renewal of his term and will soon complete his term as editor. I will still pass on the experiences I receive to the editorial board, as I believe it might be helpful in determining best practices for OSAP going forward. I will also share any news I have about the transition when I have it. ORIGINAL POST: Recently several people have reached out to me noting continued experiences of serious delays in editorial responses at Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy.  Many junior scholars report waiting 8-15 months for an initial verdict on their submission. See…

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    Virtual Dissertation Groups Signup

    I’m writing to highlight the dissertation writing workshop groups for philosophy graduate students that Joshua Smart organizes. Sign-ups are through January 16. There are usually several students in ancient philosophy participating, so it’s likely that ancient philosophy people who sign up will be placed in a Greek and Roman philosophy group. Here’s his announcement: Do you or someone you love suffer from writing-a-philosophy-dissertation? Then you should check out Virtual Dissertation Groups! What it is: VDG is a free service for those working on their doctoral dissertations in philosophy. Since 2014, we’ve connected students from over 30 countries to provide peer feedback on dissertation work with a minimal time commitment. How it works: Each…

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    2021-22 Small Grants Program for History of Philosophy Research at Notre Dame

     Therese Scarpelli Cory, Director of the History of Philosophy Forum and John and Jean Oesterle Associate Professor of Thomistic Studies in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, writes to pass on information about 2021-22 travel grants for international scholars who would like to do research in the history of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame: I am pleased to announce that the 2020-2021 Call for Applications is now open for the Small Grants Program at the History of Philosophy Forum at the University of Notre Dame.  This program, now in its second year, supports international scholars with research projects in the history of philosophy that could benefit from a…

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    Listing of Graduate Programs in Ancient Philosophy (Updated)

    I’m posting a listing of places with graduate programs that cover ancient philosophy (in alphabetical order, sorted by region). The aim is to provide a general directory of places that are either local or international hubs for ancient philosophy. I am including non-anglophone programs with international connections. I think this will be useful for prospective graduate students (though inclusion on this list does not represent an endorsement: there are many further factors prospective students should consider) and for scholars looking for possible collaborators or thinking about people to invite. I want to include any program that has multiple faculty members working in ancient philosophy and often has ancient philosophy reading…

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    New Joint PhD/MA Philosophy & Classics program at the University of Notre Dame

    The University of Notre Dame is launching a new joint program (PhD in Philosophy and MA in Classics) and asked me to share the following announcement: Since we are upon a new cycle of graduate applications, I wanted to bring to your attention the new Joint PhD/MA Philosophy & Classics program at the University of Notre Dame (deadline Jan 15th). This is a six-year funded program that aims to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a PhD in Philosophy and a MA in Classics in tandem. The MA degree can be pursued with different degrees of emphasis on either Greek or Latin (see under ‘Double Degree’). The joint program should be…

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    Teaching Ancient Philosophy Online

    Evan Strevell, Teaching Professor at Xavier University, writes: “with more or less two months to go, I was wondering whether it might be worthwhile to attempt some kind of call for the sharing of best practices specifically for teaching ancient philosophy online and / or in a hybrid format.  It would be especially beneficial if veterans of teaching ancient philosophy online could share how they set up individual modules, the Student Learning Objectives [SLOs] for those modules, and tools for assessment of those SLOs.  Prior to last semester’s panicked switch, I had never taught online.  This Fall I have an ancient survey.  I am hoping to be able to teach…

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    Ancient Philosophy Journal Experiences and Time Frames, June 2020 Update

    Last September, I highlighted what recent public surveys submitted to the APA Journal Surveys project indicated about the editorial experience at journals that specialize in ancient philosophy and the history of philosophy. I’m writing to provide another update based on recent surveys (though things have not changed too much). The journals that get the best ratings for editorial experience are also the quickest. The British Journal for the History of Philosophy and the Journal of the History of Philosophy continue to lead the way in editor experience scores. The APA journal surveys site asks respondents to rate the overall editorial experience from 1-5 and these two are the only ones with…