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Essay argues that young academics should write book reviews

Casey Brienza says that promoting scholarship and the common good of academe is a value that deserves support -- and that this work can also help individual careers.

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How professors can constructively communicate with each other -- and not (essay)

Don't assume what your colleague is thinking -- in-person discussion can avoid misunderstanding and build constructive relationships, writes John P. Frazee.

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Faculty job searches at most colleges should focus on teaching ability (essay)

Most job advertisements in the humanities and social sciences make the bad mistake of positioning tenure-track search committees to learn much more about applicants’ research than their teaching. In order to make the hiring process better-reflect their needs, many departments should consider taking a teaching-centered approach to their next job search.

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The challenges (and possibilities) of being a foreigner on U.S. academic job market (essay)

International graduate students are faced with an added challenge on the U.S. job market -- get a job or go home -- but it's possible to turn their foreignness to their advantage, Christopher Garland writes.

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How to know when to give up a faculty job at a religious college

Brandon Withrow, discussing his own experience, describes how to tell if the time has come to give up a full-time job at a Christian college.

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A simple classroom change to make trans students feel at home (essay)

Nyasha Junior changed how she welcomes students to her class this fall, to try to make it more inclusive – with unexpected results.

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Department chairs as enablers of educational change and transformation

Leaders of academic departments are underutilized in fostering change and progress in higher education, writes Marian Stoltz-Loike.

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Advice for professors on starting over at a new college, Part 2 (essay)

Changing jobs can stress out a professor. Cathy Day has done it four times, and offers advice on adjusting to a new college.

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Advice for professors on starting over at a new college, Part 1 (essay)

Changing jobs can stress out a professor. Cathy Day has done it four times, and offers advice on adjusting to a new college.

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How to fairly and efficiently allocate employee raises and rewards (essay)

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Elizabeth Simmons discusses fair and efficient selection processes for distributing raises, grant funds, workshop seats and other resources.

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