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Have Postdoc, Will Travel

Andrew Thaler,

Before you accept that fellowship, consider the high costs — financial and otherwise — of short-term relocations.
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Yes, I Send Fanmail

Rachel Toor,

Once in a while, it’s OK to fawn over writing you admire, even if the author is still breathing.
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Why I Teach Online

Devoney Looser,

It turns out that online instruction is a feminist issue.
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Why Informal Job Interviews Are Worthless

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.
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Stalled in the Writing?

Amy Benson Brown,

The problem may be that you are approaching your project from the outside in, rather than from the inside out.
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Getting Our Students Wrong

David Gooblar,

Why is it always so surprising when our initial impression of a student turns out to be mistaken?
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Mastering the Boring Basics

Nicole Matos ,

Much of teaching is procedural. But making the most of those routine moments can have a big impact in your classroom.
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The Distracted Classroom

New research may help us break the impasse over how to cope with digital diversions in the classroom.
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Conserving Your Teaching Energy

neil baldwin,

In today's college classroom, where affect often supersedes subject, we expend a lot of effort monitoring our students’ feelings.
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Build Yourself a Fortress

Allison M. Vaillancourt,

Must we be Machiavellian to ensure our survival during a leadership transition?
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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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The Limits of Loyalty

Jonathan Rees,

What are the pros and cons of pursuing a faculty career in one place?
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Our Hallways Are Too Quiet

Deborah Fitzgerald,

Technology and family-friendly policies gave us freedom, but has the cost been departmental life?
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Bias in the Machine

Also this week: when students stereotype professors; the link between sexism and rodents of usual size.
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From Ivory to Glass Tower

Mark Carrigan,

Social media has made academia more visible to the wider society, and, thus, made academics more vulnerable.
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Before You Buy Another Planner

Melanie Nelson,

If the journals and calendars aren’t working, it’s time to identify your particular time-use problem.
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Is Genetic Discrimination on the Horizon?

Also this week: diversity officers under Trump; a look at how far women have come and far we still have to go; what songbirds can teach us about diversity and problem-solving.
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How to Complain

Allison M. Vaillancourt,

Hint: It’s best to avoid name-calling, personal attacks, and conspiracy theories.
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Obsessed With Smartness

Why does academic culture value the students we admit more highly than the ones we graduate?
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A Spotlight on Gender Bias

Each week, we read news about hiring, diversity, and the workplace, so you don’t have to. This week: A day without women; strategies for shrinking the gender gap; why black workers hired by referral are more apt to be promoted.
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When a Student Cries

Stacey Patton,

Listen to them, but remember: Not all tears are created equal.
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Competing Facts Are a Fact of Life

Rob Jenkins,

As teachers, we should help our students understand there are myriad ways that information can be both factual and dead wrong.
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Bridging Academia

Katie Rose Guest Pryal,

Turns out an ex-faculty member can serve as a bridge between the academy and the nonacademic world.
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Rethinking My Exams

Kevin Gannon,

For many academics, our exams are one of those areas of teaching that remain unchanged and unexamined.
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Mind the Class Pay Gap

Each week, we read news about hiring, diversity, and the workplace, so you don’t have to. Also his week: proof that age discrimination exists; the bias against black women with natural hair; how to respond when a co-worker makes an inappropriate comment; and more.
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Same Lesson, Different Semester

David Gooblar,

Class prep gets easier and easier the more you teach a particular course. But is that always a good thing?
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On Leaving: Exiting on Good Terms

Allison M. Vaillancourt,

They never appreciated you and now you’re moving on. It’s oh so tempting to set them straight.
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How to Ace the Screening Interview

Fatimah Williams Castro,

You only have 15 to 30 minutes to convince a company that you should be asked back for a second-round interview.
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Leaving the Academic Stage

Robert Zaretsky,

If Mariah Carey should make room for a younger generation of performers, does that not also apply to me?
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How to Toe the Line

Ariel Sophia Bardi,

Struggling to adjust after leaving academe? The way forward may lie in simply listening to your own intuition.
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7 Steps to a Good Interview

Kent Smetters,

Resist the urge to share all the wonderful details you've unearthed in your research.

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