Why Your Job Cover Letter Sucks (and what you can do to fix it)

An expanded and updated version of this post can now be found in Chapter  22 of my new book, The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job. I am keeping a shortened version here, … Continue reading

Can I Negotiate? Advice For All, Especially International Ph.D.s

I am regularly asked “can I negotiate my offer when it’s my only offer?” People constantly seem to think you need multiple offers to have leverage. This is not true.   For the vast majority of schools, you can and should … Continue reading

My Top Five Tips for Turning Your Dissertation Into a Book–A Special Request Post

This is a repost from 2011. ~~~~~~~~~ Today is another Special Request Post.  This one is from Maria, who asks, do I have a template (like my Foolproof Grant Template) for turning a dissertation into a book? No, Maria, I … Continue reading

Ph.D. Debt Survey Revisited

Remember my Ph.D. Debt Survey (who could forget it?) — my crowdsourced google spreadsheet from 2014, of volunteered reader debt information from their undergraduate and graduate studies?  (It’s still open–feel free to add your own info using the form)* It’s … Continue reading

Post-Ac or Academic Ronin – Postac Guest Post

by Robert Oprisko While in graduate school, you “count.”  You hold an active affiliation with an R1 university, you are assumed to be capable to teach undergraduate students at said R1 university, and your potential is unlimited.  Once you graduate, … Continue reading

Data Point, Data Point, Data Point…

Sometimes I hear reactions to The Professor Is In, that my level of attention to details and minutiae (everything from what kind of bag you carry to where your voice rises in your delivery of a sentence) is excessive–even anal … Continue reading

How To Pitch Your Book to an Editor at a Conference

This week the Daily Nous website has a marvelous post, Answers From Academic Publishers, devoted to advice on publishing an academic monograph solicited from actual editors from Oxford, Cambridge, MIT, Routledge, and other major presses.  It has an eye to … 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