Interviewing at an HBCU: The Question is a Different Question (A Guest Post)

This post is in two parts. Part One is by Melissa Geil Melissa Geil is a freelance writer and English teacher. She worked for five years at a public HBCU in Tennessee, where she served on multiple job search committees. … Continue reading

Don’t State the Obvious

 There is a kind of line in job documents that is technically blameless, but is so generic, so very much “stating the obvious” that it also completely pointless.  This kind of line fills space while doing nothing to distinguish you … Continue reading

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