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Why Am I Teaching Again?

Katie Rose Guest Pryal,

Two years after leaving academe, a former adjunct rediscovers her love for the classroom.
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Why Cold-Calling on Students Works

David Gooblar,

It’s doesn’t have to be an antagonistic demand to prove themselves, it can be a warm invitation to contribute.
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Defining the Relationship

Rob Jenkins,

I’m not your boss, your parent, or your BFF. I’m your professor, and here is what that means.
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Advice for New Administrators

Elizabeth A. Lehfeldt,

Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong, and other lessons for newcomers to administration.
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Career Lingo: “Strong”

David D. Perlmutter,

It’s a simple enough descriptor but, like any other word in a job ad, it can mean different things.
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They Don't Train Us For This

Fred Schwarzbach,

Thirteen lessons I wish someone had taught me before I became an academic administrator.
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Before You Apply Overseas

Scott Gibson,

If you are thinking about about taking your faculty career abroad, here are some factors to consider first.
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You’re No Messiah

Allison M. Vaillancourt,

And if you think you are, you are unlikely to stay in your leadership post for very long.
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On Confidence

Melanie Nelson,

It’s the Goldilocks of personality traits. We want just the right amount.
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How to Resign

Natalie Tindall,

Advice on writing the letter, breaking the news, and other details of your departure.
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Get Your Manuscript Out!

Jonathan Rees,

Peer reviewers play a key role in helping you do that, even when they say mean things.
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Career Lingo: 'You Did Great!'

David D. Perlmutter,

Unfortunately, hearing that phrase in an interview does not necessarily mean you will get the job.
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'Dear Forums ...': Will You Be My Mentor?

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: guidance on where to publish a first book; starting off on the right foot with the new dean.
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Explaining the 9-Month Contract

Karen Kelsky,

No, academics do not get the summers “off.” They’re just not paid for the research they do in those months to earn tenure.
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Don’t Cry for Me, Academia!

Kevin Dettmar,

For some of us, administrative work is not just an obligation or a noble sacrifice — it’s a calling.
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Why I Remain Hopeful

Kelly J. Baker,

Just because I write about what’s wrong with academia doesn’t mean I’m cynical about its future.
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Stick to Two Pages

Karen Kelsky,

Seriously. No one has the time or inclination to read your four-page cover letter.
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Peer Reviewing the Peer Reviews

Angela Heetderks,

With a little help from your friends, you can understand which reviewers have been helpful and which should be ignored.
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Create a “Yes” Filter

Allison M. Vaillancourt,

Sure I am quite capable of speaking on that topic. Whether I actually want to is the question.

August 4

Vitae Wednesday: Writing an Effective Research Statement

Condensing some 5 or 10 years of research into a few pages is harder than you think. It’s challenging to summarize your work in a way that explains its topic, methods, contribution, and publications to search committee readers who are harried, distracted, and seeing it for the first time. This webinar provides a template for organizing a concise and effective research statement, and provides examples of good and bad language--including list addiction, and the "striptease" problem.