The mother of lesbian history says, "For me, my writing has been my activism."
Academics are silent workaholics — so free to work whenever we want that many of us end up working all the time.
How to write a grant proposal that has the best chance of getting approved.
How do you tell your Ph.D. adviser who disdains nonacademic careers that you’ve accepted a private-sector job?
A professor decides it’s time to reconceive the way he comments on essay assignments.
What to do as you prepare to be in charge.
In Part 4 of "Ice Skating in Hell," a Ph.D. comes up short on the faculty job market for a fifth year — but it’s OK. Really.
How the stubborn inertia of educational institutions killed off a successful teaching strategy.
Time for the MLA and other scholarly societies to confront the open-access elephant in the room.
You can’t speed up the academic hiring process, but you can take steps to maintain your sanity as it plays out.
While campaigning for your next job, don’t lose the one you’ve got.
I can’t be the only faculty member to notice that sweet, lovable Christine is an unrepentant academic cheater.
Making an impact with social media is about much more than follower counts.
Is it ethical to participate in a search that has concealed preferences for the hire?
Sometimes it’s not easy to tell whether a hiring department is more interested in your scholarship or your pedagogy.
What do you do when you’re not included in the new president’s plans?
Too many of these campus sites feature a catalog of bad practices and outdated information.
Why you should invite your students to write badly, perform an experiment incorrectly, or botch an equation.
In a liberal-arts education, there’s a lot to be said for "good enough."
When it comes to putting innovation into practice, a new book argues, not all classes are created equal.
A faculty career can last 30 or 40 years. That’s a long time to be plagued with self-doubts.
We need to move toward a culture in which the quality of research remains excellent and the writing is also readable.
How do you approach the job market if you are a traditional Ph.D. applying for an interdisciplinary opening, or vice versa?
They made you an offer that you may want to refuse.
Leaving academe does not mean you have to give up your intellectual interests.
In Part 3 of "Ice Skating in Hell," a Ph.D. tries something unheard-of on the faculty job market: being her actual self.
How do you shape the teaching persona you want to convey in your classroom?
It’s not a mysterious process; it just needs to be more transparent.
A new book seeks to help scholars vault themselves out of the ivory tower and into the wider world.
It might not be the science that brought you a rejection but the nonscientific gaffes in your proposal.
Students try harder, and learn more, when your grading includes rewards, rather than just punishments.
How an emphasis on diversity, in all its forms, is reshaping faculty roles and academic culture.
Truly grotesque is the range, scope, variety, and, at the same time, numbing repetitiveness of the attacks of senior men on junior women.
But we shouldn’t look to the "grit" phenomenon as the best way to do that.
Don’t cede the online-education terrain to people whose courses are nowhere near as good as your own.
Finally, academe has a guide for how to better treat its psychiatrically disabled workers.
What’s the best way to respond when your dream job in administration quickly turns into a nightmare?
How to turn your grad-school friendship into a productive model of "remote co-working."
Be brave enough to put your ideas into the world unadorned by all the bad habits you picked up in grad school.
Why I gave peer instruction and polling a try, and how they’ve changed my teaching.
Do candidates and their letter-writers a favor: Don’t ask for documents you don’t actually need at the initial screening stage.
In most leadership searches, whether you get the job or not comes down to one person.
An institution eliminates its English major, but more has been lost than a degree program.
Will you still take me seriously if I talk about gender equity?
Here are seven ways to improve them.
Why it’s a mistake to bracket the world of politics from our conception of the college classroom.
In Part 2 of the series "Ice Skating in Hell," a Ph.D. offers a rundown of where she applied, and why.
Formal risk-management methods might be overkill, but you can learn how to informally evaluate the potential hazards facing your projects.
Search committees want to see how you teach, not how you use PowerPoint.
What a philosophy professor and his graduate students can teach us about their adventures in elementary school.
Be on the lookout for the big-picture agenda when search committees ask you a seemingly narrow question
In the end-of-the-semester crush, our students don’t do their best work in all-night cram sessions, and neither do we.
Teaching techniques like "the progressive stack" is a way for faculty members to circumvent our own buried prejudices.
The person you present during your two-day visit is the person the search committee will assume you to be.
It’s clearly not open to all if scholars are required to pay to publish their results.
Presenters should have the right to ask people not to live-tweet, and shouldn’t have to explain their reasons.
A librarian at a small college chronicles the ups and downs of transitioning in academe.
What to expect if you apply for faculty positions in Europe.
The hiring profile for a campus-leadership position is often an elaborate, committee-drawn projection of myriad hopes and contradictory needs. Certain meta-qualities, however, tend to stand out as universally sought after, whether the opening is f...
If the good ship Academic Freedom sinks, under the weight of Twitter attacks on controversial profs, we will all drown.
To get published now, your book must be well-written. So why are new faculty members still producing deadly dull monographs?
What a role-playing game can teach you about thriving in a doctoral program.
A new book seeks to help instructors design a meaningful writing assignment.
Some skeptics say no, but here’s why undergraduates deserve a seat at the table.
Academe is full of Petruchios looking for their next Kate.
Halfway through the term, the quality you need — more than any other — is flexibility.
Maybe it’s your own generational bias that is getting in the way of appreciating today’s undergraduates.
One year you’re a candidate, and the next you’re on a hiring committee. How to manage the abrupt transition.
Why wouldn’t a struggling English department jump at the chance to offer a class on the drama of the Hogwarts crew?
In search of good pedagogy to break the sound barrier in the networked classroom.
Self-awareness as a leader in higher education does not mean being proud of your faults.
A faculty guide on how to help during a campus crisis and how to avoid inflicting more harm.
Beyond public outreach, science blogs serve a far more important function within the profession itself.
In Part 1 of a new series, "Ice Skating in Hell," a Ph.D. wonders: "Am I out of my ever-loving mind?"
What three faculty members learned about teaching from a course they offered to incarcerated students.
Used properly, it’s not just an unwelcome drain on productivity but a way to manage your research activities more effectively.
Let's just say faculty orientation leaves out a lot.
Too many tenure narratives veer wildly between paroxysms of grandiosity and groveling insecurity.
A new study of postdoctoral careers — inside and outside of academe — aims to collect the numbers and the stories.
Taking roll always seemed more laborious than necessary, but I never really thought not to do it.
How to eat well as an academic living paycheck to paycheck.
Search committees have to comb through dozens of pages in each candidate’s application. Here’s how we do it, and what we’re looking for.
Three books offer different theories and solutions on what helps us get our work done.
How to project a positive image during a campus interview.
A "tenured entrepreneur" offers advice on peddling your skills on the open market.
A career in science should be a long and winding adventure, not an uphill slog.
How much will a doctorate from a foreign institution be held against you on the American faculty job market?
How do you know if you are one or should want to be one?
Clothing is just one more minefield for female graduate students that their male counterparts do not encounter in the same way.
As more students request accommodations, you may find that meeting their needs can help all of your students.
How two academics created a popular Harry Potter podcast, and didn’t come to regret it.
The careers of promising scientists are in peril, amid intense pressure to bring in a big grant.
How to avoid a collective game of “Not It” when the chair’s job opens up.
Let’s banish the fiction of the completely apolitical robot prof.
There was, once upon a time, another compelling argument that had nothing to do with demographic markers.
A good portion of what ails academic meetings stems from factors within our control.
What you say and how you say it in departmental seminars is one way your colleagues will size you up.
A debate over whether to ban graduate-student publication suggests not.
If you are running a search without a consultant — and sometimes you should — do it under the right conditions.
Freedom and flexibility are huge pluses of self-employment, but the sheer unpredictability of it can wear you out.
The waiting is, indeed, the hardest part, but some academics cope with it better than others.
Even in a weak academic job market, you should carefully consider where you want to work and what sort of job you actually want.
What information should you gather before you set foot on the campus for an interview?
Listen, we need to talk. And talk. And talk.
English professors have had to do a lot of hard thinking about why students should take our courses — something we once took for granted.
Run a good discussion section and you can remedy many of the shortcomings of the lecture format.
In the “post-fact” timeline in which we find ourselves, our very function as educators becomes to resist it.
A giant placement fair is convenient for us but too costly for a lot of struggling early-career professionals.
When cellphones distract students from engaging work in class, the users can regulate themselves far more effectively than we can.
Some institutions are requiring professors to do more to confirm their students’ identities in online coursework.
How to use “dependency analysis” to foresee potential problems and delays.
The (unpaid) dog days of August in grad school.
A good administrator has to learn to trust the faculty. Here’s how.
Here are some of the reasons why you might want to decline that campus interview.
Getting students invested in your course is the most important objective to aim for in the opening weeks of the semester.
Part 6 in a series featuring new faculty members talking about their job search.
When should doctoral students start approaching a book editor about their dissertations?
The most direct way to improve academic life for everyone on campus is to support faculty writing.
A tenure-track dream you’ve spent 14 years pursuing is not an easy thing to give up.
To be a better teacher and scholar: Leave your office. Explore. Engage.
And other advice for professors from developmental-writing students.
Graduate schools can’t afford to wait for employers to come to us.
Hungry for a sense of belonging and impact? You may be better off building a better life than finding a better job
In a job interview, you don’t have as much power to ruin everything as you think.
What teaching and acting have in common.
Treating the needs of disabled students as an afterthought can make them feel unwelcome and, even worse, can erect further barriers to their learning
Is it better to have a weak publication on your CV, or no publication at all?
Fall means it’s time to maintain — and prune — your professional contacts.
A cheat sheet for making a potential contact without gushing or embarrassing yourself.
Higher education fails to help victims cope with the predictable mental-health aftermath of sexual assault.
Your objective is to get an interview. So make sure your letter isn’t just informational, but persuasive.
If your institution is going to be dependent on tuition dollars to keep its doors open, how can you as a faculty member help recruit and retain students without sacrificing your integrity?
What are the best ways to manage those people who seem intent on tearing you down?
“Journal reviewers can seem like angry trolls, blocking the bridge to publication.”
Do professors really support multiple career paths for Ph.D.s? And do the graduate students?
How graduate schools could shorten time-to-degree without watering down program requirements.
And students are more likely to read it if it doesn’t.
How to present yourself as a pedagogical asset in your cover letter and avoid stepping on toes.
Career diversity must become the new norm, not an exceptional trend, if graduate education is to thrive in the future.
Who would call and threaten a professor with rape?
Whether it happens at an airport or via Skype, here’s what candidates need to know.
My experience on the market was just one data point, not a complete description of a highly stochastic process.
I do my best to avoid snarky rejoinders when I’m teaching yet they pop out uninvited.
Part 5 in a series featuring new faculty members talking about their job search.
You may be convinced that your paper has a solid central argument. Here are three ways to tell when it doesn’t.
In this summer’s fiction recommendations, faculty are taking out their frustrations on overworked and under-respected middle managers.
A look at solutions in the latest column of our series on teaching and digital disturbances.
We sit in our offices, surrounded by potential sources of advice right down the hall, and yet we don’t turn to them systematically for guidance.
As much as you can. The more time you devote, the more interesting it becomes.
Here are three things job candidates should be doing now — besides publishing — to get ready for a new hiring season.
You have to find a way to disconnect from the work environment while remaining engaged with the work.
A university’s leadership-training program prepares them to be linchpins for transformation.
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.”
How I used Twitter to land my students a conversation with a Seinfeld star.
Effective networking isn't slimy — it's sincere, deep, and generous.
On the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter series, here are five other books that have shaped our students' lives.
The most successful learning environments are created together — by the faculty member and the students.
A story about academics, social media, empathy, and satire.
Respect for students is a prerequisite for academics writing about our profession.
How to do enough, but not too much, institutional service.
Life’s too short to keep reading a book you hate. Why not stop?
Also this week: gender bias isn’t just for women; the perils of being a female professor; partisan prejudice is rising.
Why I won’t be asking you about your next big project.
What are the best ways to prepare yourself to jump when an opportunity comes along?
How often as faculty members are we “in absentia” — sometimes literally but also metaphorically?
Hello prospective grad student. Come in under the shadow of this red rock.
How to use problem-solving and role-playing to help students write about something that matters to them.
What has to happen before you are invited to a first-round interview for an academic-leadership position.
Also this week: the unseen labor of mentoring; marginalized people need more influence, not courtesy; discrimination is a health issue.
A writing group is automatically subversive — a parallel universe outside of the isolation of academic culture.
Instead of being defensive about a student’s complaint, why not try listening?
You are eager to be a peer reviewer for journals — just don’t be too eager.
How to keep helping marginalized students without jeopardizing your own career.
Scholarly publishers want authors to get permission to reprint any image, but does the law always require it?
We should have debated a dual-track tenure system 15 years ago. It’s not too late.
Also this week: why progressive college towns are rife with inequality; how we network.
How to network and land contracts with non-governmental organizations.
Six tips to help you craft an effective pitch that will get your article published.
The ability to keep going through an initial period of incompetence is like a muscle. It will atrophy if you don't use it
Warning: You may be surprised by the realities of an administrative position.
They warn you about the job market but not necessarily all the other ways in which you might not fit faculty life.
Why do my colleagues have to talk all the time?
Also this week: Being human might be a pre-existing condition; what’s driving administrative bloat; and other news.
You ran/walked/crawled across the finish line of the spring semester: Reward yourself with a few good books.
Flawed? Yes. But right now they're the best instrument we've got for measuring teaching effectiveness.
Which sections should you drop? And which publishers should you approach?
Do you like meetings? Lots and lots of meetings? Be honest, because they’re part of the job.
When strangers seek your expertise, do you have to respond? What if it’s a student?
Also this week: the downsides of being in charge; two jerks walk into a negotiating room; and other news.
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.
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