Career Advice

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.

Just One Question

Faculty job interviews focus on the match between candidate and institution, and Thomas Wright offers ideas for making your best case.

Why We Said No

Timothy Larsen answers the top questions he hears, as a member of a faculty search committee, from those who don't get the job.

Post-Convention Strategy

If your interviews at your disciplinary association's annual meeting didn't land you campus visits, what's next? Anna Faktorovich explores the options.

Should You Teach Online?

Chloe Yelena Miller offers advice on deciding whether to make the leap, and how to do so.

Leaving Tenure Behind

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Eliza Woolf interviews a woman who gave up tenure to focus on a career path outside academe.

Negotiate Like a Professor

Adam Fulton discusses how to get the best offer (and risks to avoid) for those going for first tenure-track job in a tough job market.

Models for Post-University Life

With higher education no longer a reliable patron of work in arts and letters, it's time to consider new approaches to living the life of the mind, writes Andrew Taggart.

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