When things get tough, people tell you to stick it out, persevere. But sometimes quitting is the smart thing to do.
A Q&A with Kelly J. Baker: “Academic notions of success are remarkably narrow, and the world around us has more possibilities than we might think.”
Also this week: the secret to keeping tenured professors happy; unfair pay practices; the remarkable benefits of biking to work.
They never appreciated you and now you’re moving on. It’s oh so tempting to set them straight.
Stop acting like it’s a dirty word and start thinking about how to shape your brand.
Some ideas for teaching your graduate students how to avoid feeling as if they don’t belong in academe.
What an Everest climber taught me about surviving the post-Ph.D. blues.
Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: reference checks, over-prepping for lectures, and negative comments in tenure letters.
Four steps toward an alternative academic career.
Why we value the former and underrate the latter.
It’s the Goldilocks of personality traits. We want just the right amount.
How to apply the forbearance you learned in the classroom to your new career in administration.
Hint: It also involves doing a lot of things you won’t love.
Just because I write about what’s wrong with academia doesn’t mean I’m cynical about its future.
It’s aggravating to experience professional jealousy. It’s even more irritating to realize it’s hampering your own work.