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Jonathan Wynn spent six years as a visiting assistant professor and offers advice (and warnings) to those who might find themselves on a similar path.

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February 7, 2011
After the cover letter and CV, there is probably no single criterion more critical to job candidates’ success than their ability to demonstrate collegiality. The ideal job candidate must be able to smile, make eye contact, and converse smoothly on topics ranging from her own research to her favorite light reading. He must be able to give a formal presentation of research, but also deliver a quick "elevator speech" on any aspect of that research at any moment.
February 4, 2011
When your supervisor can see the merits of only one person in the division, and it's not you, options are limited, writes C.K. Gunsalus.
February 2, 2011
I was elected president of our college's faculty senate last spring semester. One colleague’s response nicely captures the gist of the responses I received then: "Congratulations, I think." Others just gave me a look. Depending upon the cynicism index of the faculty member, it meant either "Fool!" or "Well done!"
January 31, 2011
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.
January 28, 2011
As the series comes to an end, Karen Hoelscher describes her university's effort to remake its faculty development program, and what other colleges might learn.

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