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Know Your Audience

Jonathan Rees,

Trouble is, it’s more and more difficult to know who is reading in the Internet age.
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Duly Keynoted

Devoney Looser,

Why is the keynote speech such a train wreck at most academic conferences?
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Death by Retreat

Rob Kramer,

Three tactics you should definitely not pursue in organizing a staff retreat.
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The Mentoring Buck Stops Here

Terry McGlynn,

Just because you’re “accessible” and “approachable” doesn’t mean you’re a good mentor.
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Why Are We Ambivalent About Ambition?

Allison M. Vaillancourt,

Well it’s OK to be courted for a leadership role in academe, but don’t let anyone see you actually pursue one.
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'Dear Forums ...': My Student Won't Leave Me Alone. Help!

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: thoughts on switching departments, right-of-first-refusal clauses, embargoed dissertations, and veering off on tangents in class.
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Should I Apply Again?

Karen Kelsky,

It turns out some academics do ask questions that can be resolved with short answers.
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Tenure-Track Wisdom: Nick Nelson

Dan Royles,

“I wish I had known how much fun I was going to have,” says a new assistant professor about his first year on the job.
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Don't Fear Fund Raising

David D. Perlmutter,

How to persuade faculty members to buy in to a campaign, or even help.
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Notes for a New Faculty Member

Jennifer Burek Pierce,

A classroom veteran offers advice that she wishes she’d gotten early in her teaching career.
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How to Shrink Your Course

Cassandra O'Sullivan Sachar,

It’s painful at times, but entirely possible, to squeeze a semester-long class into a six-week summer session.
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Know What You Don’t Know

Paula Krebs,

Start your new job with a good sense of how to find out what they didn't teach you in grad school.
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Is It OK to Teach Grown-Ups?

Ms. Mentor,

A youngish professor wonders if teaching ‘adult enrichment’ courses will damage her prospects.
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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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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 29