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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.

Essay on negotiating a faculty job offer

You need to endure a little awkwardness to get issues clarified and the terms you need, write Cheryl Reed and Dawn M. Formo.

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Essay on issues facing aspiring scientists who are pregnant

Discriminatory attitudes may no longer be as overt or prevalent as they once were, writes Sue V. Rosser, but women in the laboratory still face challenges, and need mentors to make sure that no options for their work are ruled out.

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Essay on answering questions about why you want to work at a specific college

Kathryn Hume says you need to focus on the match between you and the specific department and institution, not general issues about why you want a job.

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Essay on finding a first job in the social sciences

New Ph.D.s in the social sciences enhance their job prospects by thinking beyond their doctoral disciplines, writes Adam Fish.

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Essay on the ups and downs of academic committee work

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“Can’t we all just get along?" No, especially if we’re on the same committee. Maria Shine Stewart takes a lighthearted look at one of academia’s heavier responsibilities.

 

Essay on next generation of liberal arts college presidents

Emily Miller and Richard Skinner examine the challenges facing liberal arts colleges and how those might shape their next generation of presidents.

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