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Digital tools to help campus administrators do their jobs (essay)

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Elizabeth Simmons discusses how "productivity software" can smooth the path for new administrators -- and offers tips on the tools she finds most useful.

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Evaluations should nudge growth, not beat up or coddle (essay)

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Too often, employee evaluations coddle or reflect grudges; done well, they should activate potential and reduce deficits, writes Maria Shine Stewart.

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Requiring participation in large classes is useful teaching tool (essay)

Jonathan Golding describes how his teaching experiment helped students overcome their fears and improved learning.

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Colleges must consider non-tenured for academic administrative jobs (essay)

As the academic leadership pipeline dries up, colleges should adjust their policies to give non-tenure-track faculty a better shot at administrative jobs, Kristan Venegas and Adrianna Kezar argue.

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Coping when your mentors move on (essay)

Ulf Kirchdorfer offers a paean to the retired professors who mentored him -- and wonders if other people miss their senior colleagues as much as he does.

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When lectures fall short as a teaching tool (essay)

Sarah Demers tried (and failed) to teach a new card game to her family. She's the one who ended up learning something -- about when lectures aren't the right approach.

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Essay on mentorship styles in higher education

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Cheryl E. Ball explains how a recent online debate missed truly important issues about mentorship.

 

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How new department chairs should negotiate with faculty (essay)

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Hiring? About to make an offer? Elizabeth Simmons offers advice on what you need to know to make your upcoming negotiation a success.

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Take a scholarly approach to work-life balance issues (essay)

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Need reliable information about promotions, leaves and other work-life issues? Elizabeth Simmons offers advice on how to research these matters at your institution.

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Bring the scholarly approach of your graduate training to your career (essay)

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The coursework and research from your postgraduate training have equipped you with the scholarly skills to help you master the mysteries of faculty life, Elizabeth Simmons writes.

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