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The Conference Connoisseurs review restaurants for academics (essay)

The accountability craze is everywhere. In our new feature, an assessment expert and an institutional researcher review restaurants in cities where academic conferences abound. First up, Chicago.

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Advice for how faculty can show leadership before tenure (essay)

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Early career faculty should demonstrate leadership through projects that also advance their teaching and research programs, Elizabeth Simmons writes.

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Essay on impact of being first generation college grad when one joins an academic department

David Beard considers how coming from a family where people didn't go to college influences the way he interacts with his colleagues.

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Essay on placing academic work in the right scholarly context

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Placing your work in the appropriate scholarly context is key not only to publishing, but to your career advancement, writes Eszter Hargittai.

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The problems with perfectionism

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Practice makes perfect? Not necessarily. Life on campus brings its share of mistakes, Maria Shine Stewart admits.

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Essay on pursuing an alternative academic career

Brandy Schillace explains how she is transitioning from a tenure-track position to an alt-ac career.

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Essay reflecting on academic work in 2012

Running 'Round the Ivory Tower

Terri E. Givens reflects on a year in which issues of balance and stress received renewed attention -- amid growing worries about the future of academic careers.

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Where English jobs can be found (essay)

Let's be honest with students about the wisdom of going to graduate school in fields like English, writes Kevin Brown -- but let's remember, too, that there are jobs at non-brand-name colleges.

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Essay on how to keep one's C.V. current

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Keep this important document current, easy to navigate and honest, writes Eszter Hargittai.

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What makes a good colleague? Academics weigh in (essay)

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No campus is an island, none of us stands alone. Maria Shine Stewart offers various definitions of a word often used and rarely discussed.

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