Career Advice

Pick Your Battles

Kerry Ann Rockquemore writes about the danger of fighting everything and of the danger of never expressing legitimate frustrations.

It's Crunch Time!

The end of the semester must be near because nearly all the new faculty members I met last week were holding their breath, trying to keep their heads above water, and praying for the end of the semester! The feelings of exhaustion and frustration I heard repeatedly were both intense and predictable. As a result, let's focus on some concrete ways to deal with Common New Faculty Mistake #15: Failing to Recognize and Adjust to the Rhythms of the Semester.

Be a Jack or Jill of All Trades

Don't depend on one résumé to tell your whole story, especially if you're applying for multiple sorts of jobs, Jessica Quillin writes. Preparing two is extra work, but it's worth it.

The Academic Love Affair

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Eliza Woolf wonders how the lure of the professorial career seduces so many unemployed or underemployed Ph.D.s.

Meet Your Bodyguard

If you aren't making the progress you want, it's time to confront the issues that are holding you back, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

Why Aren't You Writing?

Last month, I was contacted by a faculty member I had met several years ago at a conference (I’ll call her Claire). Our conversation began like many I’ve had recently, with tears in response to a negative and critical annual review. Claire is a brilliant social scientist, incredibly hard-working, and passionately committed to her scholarship, her institution and her students. While Claire is an award-winning teacher, and far exceeded her college’s service expectations, her publication record was significantly below her department’s standards.

Your Career on One Page

Developing a concise plan for your professional life -- the equivalent of a personal business plan -- can help you plot your next moves, or help you realize you're in a good place, says Jessica Quillin.

Lower Your Standards

Unrealistic expectations can block progress, writes Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

Writing IS Thinking

A narrow definition of writing may keep you from making progress, writes, Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

Summer Schemes

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Eliza Woolf offers advice on strategy and perspective.

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