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

The Status of the Press Matters, Still!

A debate has simmered on the comment thread to my post, Does the Status of the Press Matter, in recent weeks, on the question: is Palgrave MacMillan a press with high enough status for a US R1 tenure case?  My … Continue reading

My Book Is On Amazon!

My book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job, is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes and Noble!  Pre-order price ~ $13.00 (paperback), $10.00 (Kindle or Nook). For bulk orders for use … Continue reading

In Response to Popular Demand, More on the 5-Year Plan

This is a repost of an older post.  It follows sequentially from last week’s on the five-year plan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In response to the flood of inquiries about what, exactly, a 5-Year Plan should look like, following on last week’s post, … Continue reading

Why You Need a 5-Year Plan

This is a re-post of a previously published post.  In the wind-down weeks of Spring, we will focus on big-picture planning for your career trajectory in the immediate and longer term. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I trained my own Ph.D. students, I … Continue reading

Job Market PTSD

RE-posted from 2011.  When this went up the first time, it got very little response.  That surprised me.  I think this is a real thing.  Readers? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today’s post is another Special Request post, this time coming from Kate, who … Continue reading

Eight Tips on Writing Efficiently while Overloaded with Teaching, Service and Kids (A Guest Post)

A reader wrote asking for a post on how to write a book while working at a teaching-intensive university.  I put out a request for a guest post on the subject on Facebook, and Steve Engler responded with this account … Continue reading

Writing Your Book While Juggling Teaching and Kids (A Guest Post)

A reader wrote asking for a post on how to write a book while working at a teaching-intensive university.  I put out a request for a guest post on the subject on Facebook, and Katherine Vukadin responded with this account … Continue reading

Of Cover Letters and Magic (A Follow-up Post)

There is some advice I give that I believe in fiercely and will defend to the death (ref: Should I Do an Edited Collection?).   And then there is some advice I give that I am very willing to concede … Continue reading