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Mentoring Teaching Assistants

Samuel Gorovitz describes an approach to teaching graduate students how to grade.

The Interview Uniform

Candidates packing for MLA interviews -- especially women -- put themselves at risk by deviating from sartorial expectations, writes Melissa Nicholas.

Advising and the Job Letter

Graduate departments need to remember their role in shaping a key part of their students' applications for academic jobs, writes Richard C. Sha.

Job Letter Mistakes

Richard C. Sha reviews some of the ways good candidates for humanities openings hurt their chances of landing an interview.

Editing Matters

In the latest installment of their series on writing for the academy, Carmen Werder and Karen Hoelscher discuss the importance of proofreading and editing.

The Private High School Option

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Eliza Woolf considers the advantages of teaching outside the college setting -- and how to get such a position.

After the Failed Interview

You were a finalist, but didn't get the job. Christine Kelly discusses how to move on.

We Ignore 'The Economist'

Well now, there's The Economist with this year’s “Doctorates are a Waste of Time” article. This piece falls in line with 2009’s New York Times article about the awful academic job market, helpfully illustrated with photos of glum-looking Ph.D.s who either can’t find a job or settled for an academic job — the horror! — in the Deep South.

Producing Academic Leaders

Higher education can attract more faculty members to the administrative ranks and -- eventually -- presidencies by changing the way chairs, deans and provosts are guided, writes Susan Resneck Pierce.

Academe as Meritocracy

Maybe The Economist and other critics of Ph.D. programs that admit more students than can expect to find good academic jobs are missing the benefits of the system, writes Joshua A. Tucker.

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