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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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An experienced professor's advice for new teaching assistants (essay)

Julie Dodd shares the advice she gives graduate students about to teach undergrads for the first time -- and reminds professors of their obligation to share their expertise.

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Don't count on the Internet to advise your grad students' job searches (essay)

Job candidates have access to more information than ever about the search process, but departments and their faculties must not leave grad students to the vagaries of Internet advice, Marietta Morrissey argues.

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How creating a student group can help doctoral students, too (essay)

Robert Greim describes how his graduate cohort helped themselves and other future academics by creating a student organization.

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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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