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The Very Rough Art of Listening

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Listen up, all you listless listeners: you may want to amplify your attending skills as a new academic year approaches. Maria Shine Stewart suggests why.

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How to handle employee farewells least awkwardly (essay)

Employee departures can range from awesome to awkward. Sam Minner discusses how best to handle them, and who should decide how the departing are feted.

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The case for writing courses and related supports in graduate school (essay)

Universities should offer writing courses and other support aimed at teaching graduate students the sort of writing they'll need to succeed in their careers, Aisha Langford argues.

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Advice on how to have difficult conversations (essay)

Avoiding conflict almost always backfires. Aisha Langford offers guidance on how to approach tough discussions.

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Chief business officers must broaden their skills and roles (essay)

The role of the chief business officer is changing (and expanding) dramatically, and current and prospective CBOs must broaden their skills and approaches, write Thomas Ayers and Karen Goldstein.

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Essay on what graduate students should know about job hunting at the start of Ph.D. programs

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James M. Van Wyck thinks about what he wishes he had understood about the academic job market at the start of his doctoral education.

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Tales from a long stint as a visiting assistant professor (essay)

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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Academics should not stop writing (essay)

Ulf Kirchdorfer regrets that too many of his academic colleagues don’t write, and offers ideas on how they might.

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A new professor's advice on whether (and how) to teach a MOOC

Venkat Viswanathan was intrigued by the prospect of creating and teaching a massive open online course. As it begins, he offers other instructors his lessons learned -- with encouragement and caution.

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A professor learns lessons from a bad semester (essay)

A confluence of events kept Kevin Brown out of the classroom for almost a month last semester. Here's what he learned about his students, his colleagues and his teaching.

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