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Essay on need for academics to take vacations

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Tyro Tracts

Just because you need to work during the summer doesn't mean you also don't need down time, writes Nate Kreuter.

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Celebrating physical campuses and those who keep them up (essay)

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With summer approaching, Maria Shine Stewart explores ways to cultivate kinder campus spaces all year long through the three “n’s”: noticing, navigating, nurturing.

How to ask for what you need to get your idea off the ground (essay)

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Elizabeth Simmons offers tips on finding the resources you need to get your great idea off the ground.

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Essay on how to judge whether a department will be supportive of female scientists

Sue V. Rosser writes about the importance of looking for signals -- both in policies and in attitudes -- in evaluating whether a department will be supportive of female scientists.

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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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