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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 write a successful cover letter (essay)

To stand out, a cover letter must be outstanding: smart, engaging, concrete, detailed and polished to perfection. Melissa Dennihy gives pointers on how to do that.

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How to survive your first year as department chair (essay)

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Becoming a department chair is difficult under the best of circumstances, but even more so during a tumultuous political moment. Kerry Ann Rockquemore offers some strategies for moving forward.

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The importance of choosing an adviser with care (essay)

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That person will have an outsized influence on your professionalization and career preparation, so you should chose them wisely, advises James M. Van Wyck.

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Advice for students on how to approach faculty members for recommendations (essay)

Shannon Craigo-Snell suggests ways that scholars, especially marginalized ones, can solicit strong letters of recommendation.

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How to write stronger letters of recommendation for students (essay)

Faculty members often seem to lack insight into how to write strong letters on their students’ behalf, writes Manya Whitaker, who offers 10 guidelines for improvement.

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Why students should write leaner, meaner dissertation proposals (essay)

Students should be encouraged to think in terms of hypotheses rather than theses, and research questions or problems rather than their putative solutions when it comes to dissertation proposals, argues Heather Dubrow.

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Rethinking leadership approaches after the presidential election (essay)

And given that, Judith S. White asks, can our work as senior leaders in higher education be the same?

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Teaching students how to write with soul (essay)

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Irina Eremia Bragin describes why and how she encourages student to write essays that entertain, engage and elevate.

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Determining the proper amount of activism you should demonstrate in your work (essay)

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How and when you express yourself and your beliefs in the workplace is as personal as the beliefs themselves, writes Stephanie K. Eberle, and you should be intentional about it.

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