Using Rage to Stay Motivated, Part Two

(Tuesday Post Category–Strategizing Your Success in Academia) Last Tuesday I wrote Part 1 of “Using Rage to Stay Motivated,” a Special Request post for Allen.  He asked how to stay motivated while writing his thesis.  Staying motivated through the long … Continue reading

How to Write an Email to a Potential Ph.D. Advisor/Professor

***Please note that I no longer respond to comments/questions to this post!*** (Monday Post Category: Getting You Into and Out of Graduate School) One of the most common points of confusion among undergraduates and new graduate students is how to … Continue reading

Using Rage to Stay Motivated, Part 1–A Special Request Post

This is a post originally published in July 2011. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ [This post, parts one and two, is for Allen.  Allen asks for advice on staying motivated as he completes his thesis. I have been thinking about this since he asked. … Continue reading

It’s Your Fault. Or, Who Gets Turned Down for Tenure?

(Thursday Post Category:  Here’s How You Get Tenure) For this week’s “Tenure” post, I was planning to write a post called “Playing the Percentages,” about knowing your department’s  expectations for your time and effort breakdown as an assistant professor.  The … Continue reading

“So You Want to Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities”

This video makes all other posts on graduate school obsolete. That doesn’t mean I’ll stop posting, though. (Thanks to Leaving Academia blog http://www.leavingacademia.com) … Continue reading

How-To(sday): How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract

(Tuesday Post Category: Strategizing Your Success in Academia) Tuesdays I will occasionally feature “How-To(sday)” posts,  short  guides to certain genres of academic writing.  I’m happy to take requests for these. Just email me at gettenure@gmail.com. Today we look at the … Continue reading

Hooray for Elite White Men! External Reviewers for Tenure

(Thursday Post Category: How to Get Tenure) Today let’s talk about your external reviewers for tenure. First, since this blog is new, my credentials. In my 15 years as a faculty member at two major research institutions, I worked on … Continue reading

Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template

An expanded and updated version of this post can now be found in Chapter  51 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

Why You Must Never Ask Your TA for a Letter of Recommendation, Part One

In my work with undergraduate students helping them apply to graduate school, one of the biggest problems I encounter is the student’s lack of appropriate people to write their letters of recommendation.  All too often the student will come in … Continue reading