Counting journals that count 
There is administrative pressure, for purposes of tenure and promotion, to list the top philosophy journals. Some disciplines have lists which are approved by their professional organizations. So people from outside the department are sometimes incredulous that philosophy doesn't.

But we don't. Letter writers for T&P cases tend to say this but then waive their hands at the relative status of various journals, possibly linking to a blog post or something.

I have recently thought that it would be good to have a general statement about this for administrative purposes, rather than putting something together on an ad hoc basis for every case. Below the fold is a draft of what a general statement might look like. It's an alpha version, and I am not confidently committed to other the contents or the form of presentation. So quoting it without that proviso is likely to earn my wrath. Talking about it as a possibly half-baked blog post is fine, though, and I'd appreciate feedback.
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On the MAP 
Since last year, UAlbany has had a chapter of Minorities and Philosophy (M.A.P.). The organization is largely student run, and they've gotten funding from several sources to bring in a guest speaker for a symposium this Friday.

Readers in the capital region should note that it's open to the public.

Symposium on Implicit Bias


Friday, March 27
2:00pm to 5:30pm
Humanities 354, UAlbany uptown campus

Here is the schedule:

2:00 Adefolaji Fasanya, UAlbany M.A.P. President "Introduction to Implicit Bias"
2:15 Henry Curtis "Can you be racist without knowing it?"
2:30 Scott Wolcott "Implicit Bias and the Police"
3:00 Intermission with Food and Refreshments
3:30 Keynote Address: Professor Michael Brownstein (CUNY) "Implicit Bias and the Credibility of Moral Intuition".

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Hiring news 
PhilJobs, which hosts the on-line incarnation of Jobs for Philosophers, also hosts PhilJobs: Appointments. I just got an e-mail asking me to confirm a bit of news, so they could post it. If it's fit for them to post, it's fit for me to post.

I'm happy to say that Monika Piotrowska, who works in bioethics and philosophy of biology, will be joining the University at Albany philosophy department next year.

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Reputation evaluation gesticulation 
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings reputation evaluation for 2015 has been released. After the top 100, they just group schools in brackets of 25. UAlbany's ranking is in the 226-250 bracket.

This is more or less consistent with other rankings and with a rough sense of UAlbany compares to other institutions. But I'm sure it's calibrated to give roughly the same results as other rankings, because they don't want to end up with results that seem too implausible.

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Cleaning Chekhov's Gun 
I wrote most of this years ago, and I stumbled across the file recently while working on something else. I'm sticking it here, like you do.
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