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The Art of ‘No’

Don’t allow yourself to be treated as a checked box on someone else’s to-do list.
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'Dear Forums ...': I Have a Group-Work Grading Dilemma.

Also in our weekly roundup of conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: tips on teaching from an outdated textbook; how to prep for an interview with the provost; how to fight new fees on chemical purchases for laboratories.
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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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How to Resign

Advice on writing the letter, breaking the news, and other details of your departure.
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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.