VAPS and Why They Suck – A Guest Post

This guest post is co-written by two veterans of the VAP-front who know whereof they speak.  All too painfully. A followup from one of them:  “One of these co-authors is taking another VAP because she hates herself.” This piece was … Continue reading

What Not To Do at Your Campus Visit

Today I share some remarks by a tenured client, who just completed a search at her department, and wrote to tell me about it: “We just finished doing a job search here and an offer has been made.  I wanted … Continue reading

Buy My Book!

Love the blog? Now get it in handy book form–only $11.40!  Available for pre-order now–comes out August 4! Buy it at all these places! It also makes a great gift for all those struggling grad students in your life! For … Continue reading

A View From the Other Side of the Table: Playing the Endgame (A Guest Post)

This is a guest post by a tenured reader at a mid-tier public university. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you been invited for a campus visit, congratulations.  This means that you are part of an elite group of 5 or so who have … Continue reading

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

Americans Don’t Brag

Americans don’t brag.  That’s not true; Americans brag all the time, about many things–money, sex,  the fish that got away.  However, we don’t brag as much as you’d expect in our job applications.  This may seem counterintuitive, considering the global … Continue reading

Strategizing Your CV for the Job Market

It’s that time again! Alert readers know that each Spring I provide a limited-time CV Strategizing Session service between February and April.  The idea is to look ahead to the Fall 2015 market, and help graduate students going on the … Continue reading