Career Advice

The Academic Love Affair

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Eliza Woolf wonders how the lure of the professorial career seduces so many unemployed or underemployed Ph.D.s.

No More Post-Summer Regret

Kerry Ann Rockquemore launches new series for academics who believe this is the season they will get to projects they can't tackle during the academic year.

A 'Veteran Friendly' Employer

When the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, visited the university where I work in human resources, he called us "veteran friendly.” How did West Virginia University get that reputation? And why might other colleges want to get the same reputation not only with regard to students, but employees?

Shut Up and Write

Kerry Ann Rockquemore rejects the idea that shame alone can help you finish projects and explains how different kinds of writing groups may be more effective.

You Want It When?

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Rob Weir explains how to design a course when you don't have much time.

Serves You Right

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A great record on service won't win you tenure, and it could cost you tenure, writes a new advice columnist.

Meet Your Bodyguard

If you aren't making the progress you want, it's time to confront the issues that are holding you back, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

Why Aren't You Writing?

Last month, I was contacted by a faculty member I had met several years ago at a conference (I’ll call her Claire). Our conversation began like many I’ve had recently, with tears in response to a negative and critical annual review. Claire is a brilliant social scientist, incredibly hard-working, and passionately committed to her scholarship, her institution and her students. While Claire is an award-winning teacher, and far exceeded her college’s service expectations, her publication record was significantly below her department’s standards.

Your Career on One Page

Developing a concise plan for your professional life -- the equivalent of a personal business plan -- can help you plot your next moves, or help you realize you're in a good place, says Jessica Quillin.

My First Year

Stephanie M. Foote considers lessons she's learned since finishing grad school.

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