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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