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A faculty member no longer advises her students to go into academe

Faculty member Betsy Lucal now strongly urges any student who will listen to reconsider their plans to earn a Ph.D.

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The importance of being a flexible leader who can change direction (essay)

In a hypothetical case study, Barbara McFadden Allen, Robin Kaler and Ruth Watkins give advice to leaders who have to reconsider the directions in which they are heading.

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Changing times require response-enabled leadership (essay)

In changing times, our campuses need not only individual leaders but also a collective environment of leadership, writes Judith S. White.

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Simple ways to be a better networker (essay)

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It's about building relationships, writes Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis, and as such, you should do it all the time and be in it for the long run.

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Faculty of color should not just accept the initial job offer (essay)

Too many academics of color, and recent Ph.D.s in particular, are getting the misguided advice to accept the initial terms of a job offer, argues Sylvanna Falcón.

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A recommendation to limit recommendation letters (essay)

If we are seeking to have an unbiased system of student and employee selection, unencumbered by nepotism and personal favors, we should consider alternatives, argues Marney A. White.

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Carefully consider next steps after gaining tenure (essay)

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Life after gaining tenure is new and unfamiliar territory, so it can be easy to overcommit yourself, warns Kerry Ann Rockquemore.

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Suggestions for ways that Ph.D. students should think about their finances (essay)

Ray Sin provides a few suggestions for effectively managing your finances in graduate school.

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The pros and cons of backup career plans (essay)

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Most Ph.D.s harbor some hope of getting a tenure-track job, but, Natalie Lundsteen asks, should they have -- or not have -- a backup career plan?

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More faculty of color can and should be in the top ranks of universities (essay)

Despite the excuses that administrators often give, a commitment to diversity can go beyond lip service and translate into more faculty of color in tenure-track, tenured, full professor and upper administrative ranks, argues Adia Harvey Wingfield.

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