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Essay on the importance of time management in academic careers

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Tyro Tracts

Balancing responsibilities is the most difficult part of an academic career, writes Nate Kreuter. And that's true even in summer, when some duties may not be present (and you may not be getting paid).

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Essay on steps for presidents early in their tenures

Patrick Sanaghan and Kimberly Eberbach offer practical advice on reaching out to constituents, managing the staff and setting the agenda.

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Essay on how campus leaders should start their tenures

Patrick Sanaghan and Kimberly Eberbach suggest the questions a new campus leader should ask, and offer advice on listening skills.

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Professors should help students see how thinking skills prepare them for jobs

Humanities and social science instructors should help undergraduates learn how to recognize and describe their higher order skills as they hit the job market, Casey Wiley writes.

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Essay on alternative careers for Ph.D.s

Felicia B. LeClere rejects the idea that the only reason to get a Ph.D. is for an academic career.

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Essay on collaboration vs. putting one's work first

Grad students and junior faculty members need to weigh carefully the choices associated with working with an established scholar vs. pursuing their own projects, writes Sue V. Rosser.

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Essay on how presidents succeed or fail at promoting change

Susan Resneck Pierce considers the qualities that help some new presidents succeed -- and the misjudgments that hold others back.

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Essay on how to write good applications for jobs or grants

Hester Blum read 740 essays in a year from people seeking positions or grants. She explains how some people impress, and how seemingly small slips doom others' chances.

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Essay on the need for faculty members to learn when to respect privacy

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Tyro Tracts

Young academics need to learn when to share information and when not to, writes Nate Kreuter.

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Essay on how academics treat (and mistreat) each other online

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Has the keyboard become a tool to promote collaboration, quibbling, or chaos? Maria Shine Stewart ponders e-kindness.

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