Those 12 Sentences: Evaluating Cover Letter Advice

Many of you have undoubtedly seen the blog post by Philip N. Howard that has been circulating around the internet for the past couple of weeks, called A Dozen Sentences That Should Appear in Your Academic Cover Letter.  It was … Continue reading

How to Write a Recommendation Letter

Today’s post is a special request post for all the people who have written in the past few months asking for a post on writing recommendation letters. A few of these folks have been letter-writers, but most of them are … Continue reading

The Perils of “Nice,” Cont’d: Recommendation Edition

I got to see a letter of rec this week, and was stunned at the way it sabotaged my client, a SUPERB AND TOTALLY HARD-ASS candidate.   It did this apparently from the best of intentions, by burying her achievements … Continue reading

It’s Not About You

Today The Professor continues her mobilization of low brow pop culture references in the service of the scholarly career by bringing to your attention the sentiment, “It’s Not About You.” This is actually another installment in the “Nice Advisor/Worst Advisor” … Continue reading

What To Do Now in Grad School (Special Request Post)

Apologies for missing Tuesday’s post and then delaying on Thursday’s post. I had a family health crisis (thankfully, fully resolved) that kept me away from the computer this week. Today’s post is a Special Request post for K, who asks, … Continue reading

Why You Need Recommenders From Outside Your Department

I’ve had a raft of new clients this past couple of weeks seeking my help in strategizing for the Fall 2012 job market. I applaud this foresight and planning, and recommend it to all who know they will be on … Continue reading

Should I Use Interfolio?

Today’s Post is a Special Request post for XXX, who asked the $64,000 question: should I use a dossier service like Interfolio? If I had my druthers, this post would run like my previous one on edited collections—ie, variations on … Continue reading

How to Write an Email to a Potential Ph.D. Advisor/Professor

(Monday Post Category: Getting You Into and Out of Graduate School) One of the most common points of confusion among undergraduates and new graduate students is how to write an email to contact a professor to serve as a potential … Continue reading

Hooray for Elite White Men! External Reviewers for Tenure

(Thursday Post Category: How to Get Tenure) Today let’s talk about your external reviewers for tenure. First, since this blog is new, my credentials. In my 15 years as a faculty member at two major research institutions, I worked on … Continue reading