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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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What Hillary Clinton's comment at the convention says about women's progress (essay)

Hillary Clinton’s comment at the Democratic convention suggests we might be entering an era in which women can see ourselves represented in many diverse champions, writes Judith S. White.

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Should you pursue a postdoc or not? (essay)

Besides understanding whether a postdoc is required for your intended career field, you need to think about the financial implications as well as how you'd like to spend the next few years of your life, advises Melanie V. Sinche.

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How to identify your core values in your career exploration process (essay)

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Much of the conversation about career exploration focuses on the importance of identifying our skills, but we often don’t take the time to think about our core values and how they connect to our skills, argues Laura N. Schram.

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Working through major misfortunes rather than against them (essay)

Life can change drastically in an instant, but instead of struggling against a misfortune, one must to try to harness whatever it may have to offer, writes Margaret Meningioma.

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What to do with a bad third-year review (essay)

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It can be challenging to receive criticism, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore, but it can also provide an opportunity to discern the difference between how you believe things should be and how they actually are.

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The importance of a coherent public profile when on the academic job market (essay)

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For graduate students, the academic job market requires you to develop a coherent public profile that isn’t inscrutable to the people you’d like to work with, writes James M. Van Wyck.

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The sex-negativity mind-set in academe (essay)

The many interconnections of sexuality with life in and around universities should concern all of us, regardless of orientation, relationship status or gender identity, argues Jeana Jorgensen.

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Seven positive facets of working in academe (essay)

We can savor the good in our work in a number of ways, write Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra, who list seven distinct facets of academic life worth treasuring.

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How to lead people over whom you have no formal authority (essay)

How can you effectively lead people when you don't have formal authority over them? Elizabeth Suárez provides advice.

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