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Professors should help students see how thinking skills prepare them for jobs

Humanities and social science instructors should help undergraduates learn how to recognize and describe their higher order skills as they hit the job market, Casey Wiley writes.

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Essay on alternative careers for Ph.D.s

Felicia B. LeClere rejects the idea that the only reason to get a Ph.D. is for an academic career.

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Essay on collaboration vs. putting one's work first

Grad students and junior faculty members need to weigh carefully the choices associated with working with an established scholar vs. pursuing their own projects, writes Sue V. Rosser.

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Essay on how presidents succeed or fail at promoting change

Susan Resneck Pierce considers the qualities that help some new presidents succeed -- and the misjudgments that hold others back.

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Essay on how to write good applications for jobs or grants

Hester Blum read 740 essays in a year from people seeking positions or grants. She explains how some people impress, and how seemingly small slips doom others' chances.

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Essay on the need for faculty members to learn when to respect privacy

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Tyro Tracts

Young academics need to learn when to share information and when not to, writes Nate Kreuter.

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Essay on how academics treat (and mistreat) each other online

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Has the keyboard become a tool to promote collaboration, quibbling, or chaos? Maria Shine Stewart ponders e-kindness.

Essay on negotiating a faculty job offer

You need to endure a little awkwardness to get issues clarified and the terms you need, write Cheryl Reed and Dawn M. Formo.

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Essay on issues facing aspiring scientists who are pregnant

Discriminatory attitudes may no longer be as overt or prevalent as they once were, writes Sue V. Rosser, but women in the laboratory still face challenges, and need mentors to make sure that no options for their work are ruled out.

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Essay on answering questions about why you want to work at a specific college

Kathryn Hume says you need to focus on the match between you and the specific department and institution, not general issues about why you want a job.

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