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How to ask interview questions that show you're interested in the job (essay)

About to interview for an academic position? Elizabeth Simmons suggests how to ask questions that convey your enthusiasm and readiness for the role.

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Essay on how to manage information overload about a job search in academe

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What do you do when you get too much or conflicting advice? Stephanie K. Eberle has ideas about vetting the ideas.

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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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