Why is it so difficult to find a midcareer mentor near my own age?
On the nonfaculty job market, this letter is your first impression — make it count.
In these hypersensitive times, students don’t always understand the concept of devil’s advocate.
Any professor who cares one whit about teaching understands that education involves a lot more than just conveying information.
Notes on teaching for those days when it seems as if no one is listening.
Today’s devices do have a more negative effect on students’ attention span than did new technologies of the past.
Also this week: Why older workers might be better workers. Segregation is alive and well, but no one cares; and other news.
A manifesto on behalf of meat-free meals at scholarly meetings and conferences.
Teaching graduate students to pay attention to who they’re writing for could go a long way toward improving academic writing.
Would a spurned department offer a tenure-track job to a candidate who had already turned it down?
Warning: You may be surprised by the realities of an administrative position.
Sorry, there’s no avoiding the tedious, heavy paperwork involved in seeking an academic-leadership post.
Recommendation letters don't generally reflect candid professional judgments, but here are some tips on making them at least a little more helpful.
Also this week: the dust-up at Duke Divinity School; the link between women, work, and economic prosperity; and other news.
Our Career Talk columnists talk with three Ph.D.s who ended up finding satisfying work outside their disciplines.
A Ph.D. in psychology found her niche working with graduate students on their professional development.
How to “manage up” and get what you need from your graduate supervisor.
A few words of advice on how to approach, and finish, your first book.
How the doctoral-application process itself prepares students for the nature of academic life.
Notre Dame’s new "5+1" program equals more than the sum of its parts.
Also this week: the secret to keeping tenured professors happy; unfair pay practices; the remarkable benefits of biking to work.
Just because you can disparage a student or a colleague doesn’t mean you have to.
Why you should be encouraging your undergraduate and graduate students to write in the first person.
When do you need a published book to secure a tenure-track job.
Five Necessary Books to Read about American Colleges and Universities
It’s little wonder that “assessment” is one of those words that make faculty break out in hives.
How to explain to a colleague that you are a woman, not a cow.
How should universities respond to public attacks on their professors?
Also this week: how to be an ally to minority scholars; on fiscal-literacy programs and poor-blaming; and who says there aren't enough accomplished female scientists?
Teaching, it turns out, is not always about teaching.
Before you accept that fellowship, consider the high costs — financial and otherwise — of short-term relocations.
Are you searching for more sources out of curiosity or fear?
Two hiring seasons and 112 applications.
Once in a while, it’s OK to fawn over writing you admire, even if the author is still breathing.
It turns out that online instruction is a feminist issue.
Also this week: the importance of mentoring people who aren’t like you; when a professor is a victim of a racial slur; why you should think like a nonagenarian.
The problem may be that you are approaching your project from the outside in, rather than from the inside out.
Why is it always so surprising when our initial impression of a student turns out to be mistaken?
“As a scientist you get trained to be a specialist, but in my role now I'm a generalist.”
Much of teaching is procedural. But making the most of those routine moments can have a big impact in your classroom.
New research may help us break the impasse over how to cope with digital diversions in the classroom.
In today's college classroom, where affect often supersedes subject, we expend a lot of effort monitoring our students’ feelings.
Also this week: Why struggling against overwhelming odds is bad for you; CEO superheroes and supervillains; and other news.
I was getting in my car when I heard it. One word. The most toxic word.
A job ad that mentions more than one field should be viewed as both an opportunity and a danger zone.
We need to stop focusing on deadwood tales and overlooking the posttenure success stories.
Must we be Machiavellian to ensure our survival during a leadership transition?
Don’t allow yourself to be treated as a checked box on someone else’s to-do list.
Also this week: Why men should stop equating women with farm animals; landmark rulings on LGBT rights; and other news.
A look at two apps that can help graduate students set aside a little money and control their spending.
Your students’ own work is a valuable tool in helping them learn to improve their writing.
Five Books to Read After Submitting Your Dissertation
What are the pros and cons of pursuing a faculty career in one place?
Technology and family-friendly policies gave us freedom, but has the cost been departmental life?
Most departments undergo periodic assessment. Here’s how to make it useful.
Also this week: when students stereotype professors; the link between sexism and rodents of usual size.
Why the culture at two-year colleges must change to allow, and encourage, faculty to pursue outside work.
Social media has made academia more visible to the wider society, and, thus, made academics more vulnerable.
How to combat the out-of-sight, out-of-mind nature of the A.B.D. stage.
The story of a professor, a university press, and Gene Kelly.
Turns out, not much happens to graduate students who flunk the pedagogical seminar.
No, this is not an argument for women to act more like men in the hiring process.
Also this week: why flex-time policies favor men; the gender pay gap in the professoriate.
If the journals and calendars aren’t working, it’s time to identify your particular time-use problem.
Your style of dress, your language, your gender, your height, your skin color — all contribute to students’ perceptions of you.
Bargaining is not only for candidates with multiple offers.
Shouldn’t I be spending more time with my family and more time working?
Revisiting a 2009 murder to grasp why graduate students understood the killer’s motivations.
Proceed carefully before encouraging students to jump in.
No hard feelings, but I don’t miss academe, and I probably won’t be back.
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