Why Have I No Power? Thoughts on Negotiating the Tenure Track Offer

I was working with a Negotiating Assistance client last week, and about halfway through our work, as I said for the fourth time or so, “you can’t really ask for ALL of that; you’ll have to pick and choose,” he … Continue reading

Nobody Cares What You’re Interested In

One very common error that writers of job documents make is going on and on about what they are interested in. It’s often quite a writing tic. “I am interested in…. and I am particularly interested in…and a topic of … Continue reading

If You’re Considering Grad School/Work in Scandinavia, Part II (A Guest Post)

Academic life in Scandinavia This is the story of a British academic couple – now a family – and our experiences of working in Scandinavia. It has a happy ending. It is based entirely on personal experience and does not … Continue reading

If You’re Considering Grad School/Job in Scandinavia, Part I (A Guest Post)

Academic life in Scandinavia This is the story of a British academic couple – now a family – and our experiences of working in Scandinavia. It has a happy ending. It is based entirely on personal experience and does not … Continue reading

Gerund Addiction and Word Repetition–Two More Scourges

Faithful readers know that I have several posts on different kinds of writing tics that plague many academic writers.  These include list addiction, dyad addiction, and cheap adjectives. There are two more writing tics that I’ve come to identify: gerund … Continue reading

How Do I Address Search Committee Members?

I am hereby answering the question of the hour/day/year:  how should you address search committee members in an interview? You know of course that I am continually railing against job candidates acting like grad students.  And addressing search committee members … Continue reading