Here is our very first question of the week. If you have a question you’d like me to post, email me (see the side-bar with my name – this will be a weekly feature on Wednesdays). I will not reveal who asks these questions. From a grad student:
Is it a bad idea to have an untenured (assistant) professor as your advisor? I have heard it is; that you should go with someone established and if possible, famous. What’s the conventional wisdom here?
I’d like to piggy-back on this one (Shamus here). I have gotten conflicting advice from senior colleagues. Some tell me, “Never work with grad students. It’s a time suck. Get your own work done. There’s plenty of time to do that later.” Others have said, “You should start working with grad students as soon as possible. It’s good training. It pushes you to work and keep on top of things. And it helps build your reputation (as they get jobs).” So any advice on the flip-side as well?