How To Tailor a Job Letter (Without Flattering, Pandering, or Begging)

This is a re-post ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Today’s post is going to address the difficult matter of tailoring a job letter. In the work my clients do on their job market materials, it seems that nothing gives them as much trouble as … Continue reading

Break The Cycle of List-Addiction (Or, Just Say No To Flabby Logic)

[This is a repost] Too many of you are addicted to lists in your writing. What does this look like? Well, something like this: “In sum, my dissertation uses interviews, surveys, textual analysis, and internet research in order to explore … Continue reading

More on Negotiating–Thoughts from an R1 Department Head

Discussion of negotiating the tenure track offer continues apace.  Last week I was included in an email exchange between Rebecca Schuman and Mike Tarr, Department Head of the Psychology department at Carnegie Mellon University.  Mike got in touch with Rebecca … Continue reading

The Rescinded Offer: Who Is In the Wrong?

I keep getting asked about the recent rescinded offer in Philosophy at Nazareth College, which originally popped up on Philosophy Smoker, (with a response from the rescindee, “W,” here), went to Jezebel, then Forbes, and shows no signs of stopping. … Continue reading

Stop Negotiating Like a Girl

A re-post ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This post comes from an email exchange this week, with a client who is working with me on Negotiating Assistance.  Discipline, institution, etc. all excised. She has more than one offer, and drafted an email to her … 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

Trailer Park Professor: On R1 Success and Learning to Value Yourself (A Guest Post)

I got the chance to meet a client-turned-R1 assistant professor at the AAA meetings, and I asked her what she found most helpful about the work with me.  She took the time to write it out. This is what she … Continue reading

Campus Visit While Breastfeeding (A Guest Post)

I just accepted my dream academic position at a research-intensive university, with only two years before I can go up for tenure (they’re counting my whole publication record, including articles published while at my first T-T position). I’m absolutely thrilled. … Continue reading