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An insider's view of the life of a first-generation scholar (essay)

While a huge literature exists on first-generation undergraduates, there is only silence about what happens to those students when they go on to doctoral or faculty life. Herb Childress provides an insider’s description.

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We must expand our cultural understanding of who can engage and succeed in mathematics (essay)

One need only consider the cultural impact of the recent film Hidden Figures to see the need to expand our cultural understanding of who can engage in mathematics, writes Sara N. Hottinger.

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Cage fighting as a way to reinspire one's inner academic (essay)

James Pfrehm describes how cage fighting has reinspired his inner academic. That's right -- cage fighting.

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Applying business concepts to market yourself effectively (essay)

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Just as corporations try to establish a memorable brand, Ph.D. students and postdocs seeking new opportunities should work to create a lasting impression, writes Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis.

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How academic funding is racialized (essay)

The well-substantiated racial differences in research support are yet another hurdle that scholars of color face -- one that sets many of us behind, argues Victor Ray.

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Advice for making a successful midcareer move (essay)

For academics wondering how to best approach the job market further along in their career, Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra offer some advice.

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Advice for obtaining leadership positions in one's department (essay)

Then you should tell someone -- and here’s how, writes Judith White.

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A professor explains why he asks not to be called a teacher (essay)

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The term carries a set of connotations that most college-level instructors would just as soon not have attributed to them, argues Alexander H. Bolyanatz.

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Advice for graduate students on presentation skills (essay)

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Being able to give an effective presentation is essential to your career success, writes Christine Kelly, who provides six pointers on how to do so.

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Dealing with discrimination as a black faculty member (essay)

KC Williams speaks to any black faculty member who has ever felt imposed upon or discriminated against for reasons having nothing to do with their abilities.

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