Adjectives Are Not Arguments, Part I

It is time that all of you grasped a simple yet profound truth of academic writing: adjectives are not arguments. Simply repeating the words: complex multivalent/multidirectional/multiplicitous unique diasporic transnational intersectional over and over in your documents, does not suggest that … Continue reading

Grad Student Grandiosity

Grad students tend to veer between two extremes: I know nothing and I know everything.  The latter position is an over-compensatory response to fear of the former. As you gain experience you find a middle ground of calm confidence. However, … Continue reading

ASK THE #POST-ACS – How do I describe my academic work experience in post-ac interviews?

The following is the first in a new occasional series, “Ask the #Postacs.”  The panel of postacademic experts (bios here) will weigh in on reader questions as a collective.  Please send your questions for future columns to postaccareers@gmail.com.  We really … Continue reading

Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Campus Visit

This post was previously published ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today’s post is another response to pleas from clients and strangers, this time to cover the proper comportment for a campus visit. I feel like I’ve already talked about some of the nuts and … Continue reading

Really? An #MLA14 Panel on Interviewing

So I’m at the MLA, and I went to my first panel, Demonstration Interviews for Job Seekers in Foreign Languages.  Professors Sibelan Forrester of Swarthmore College and Patrizia C. McBride of Cornell led two mock interviews with two folks playing … Continue reading

The Six Ways You’re Acting Like a Grad Student (And how that’s killing you on the job market)

For the next few months I will be posting the “best of the best” Professor is in blog posts on the job market, for the benefit of all those girding their loins for the 2013-2014 market. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today we have … Continue reading

The Baggage We Bring: An Email From A Bootcamp Client

This email from a client, following on an Interview Bootcamp with Kellee, is an insightful articulation of the ways that anxieties, resentments, and insecurities about your work and the profession can seep into your ability to prepare for and perform … Continue reading