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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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Essay on preparing for academic or alt-ac careers

Graduate students en route to Ph.D.s can simultaneously prepare themselves for well-paying non-faculty jobs in higher education, write Brenda Bethman and C. Shaun Longstreet.

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