Career Advice

Advising and the Job Letter

Graduate departments need to remember their role in shaping a key part of their students' applications for academic jobs, writes Richard C. Sha.

Job Letter Mistakes

Richard C. Sha reviews some of the ways good candidates for humanities openings hurt their chances of landing an interview.

Editing Matters

In the latest installment of their series on writing for the academy, Carmen Werder and Karen Hoelscher discuss the importance of proofreading and editing.

The Private High School Option

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Eliza Woolf considers the advantages of teaching outside the college setting -- and how to get such a position.

After the Failed Interview

You were a finalist, but didn't get the job. Christine Kelly discusses how to move on.

We Ignore 'The Economist'

Well now, there's The Economist with this year’s “Doctorates are a Waste of Time” article. This piece falls in line with 2009’s New York Times article about the awful academic job market, helpfully illustrated with photos of glum-looking Ph.D.s who either can’t find a job or settled for an academic job — the horror! — in the Deep South.

Producing Academic Leaders

Higher education can attract more faculty members to the administrative ranks and -- eventually -- presidencies by changing the way chairs, deans and provosts are guided, writes Susan Resneck Pierce.

Academe as Meritocracy

Maybe The Economist and other critics of Ph.D. programs that admit more students than can expect to find good academic jobs are missing the benefits of the system, writes Joshua A. Tucker.

'Congratulations, I Think'

I was elected president of our college's faculty senate last spring semester. One colleague’s response nicely captures the gist of the responses I received then:

"Congratulations, I think."

Others just gave me a look. Depending upon the cynicism index of the faculty member, it meant either "Fool!" or "Well done!"

It Shouldn't Be So Hard

After the cover letter and CV, there is probably no single criterion more critical to job candidates’ success than their ability to demonstrate collegiality. The ideal job candidate must be able to smile, make eye contact, and converse smoothly on topics ranging from her own research to her favorite light reading. He must be able to give a formal presentation of research, but also deliver a quick "elevator speech" on any aspect of that research at any moment.

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