How to Plan Your Research and Writing Trajectory on the Tenure Track

This is a re-post.  Various readers and clients are looking ahead to the new jobs they are starting in the fall, and I want you all to have a very firm handle on the nature of a tenure track research … Continue reading

Why You Need a 5-Year Plan

This is a re-post of a previously published post.  In the wind-down weeks of Spring, we will focus on big-picture planning for your career trajectory in the immediate and longer term. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When I trained my own Ph.D. students, I … Continue reading

How To Negotiate Your Tenure Track Offer

Originally posted in 2011, with a few updates based on helping about a hundred clients negotiate their offers through my Negotiating Assistance services over the past three years.  If you have an offer and are interested in getting this help, … 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

When I Left the Academy I Felt Like I Had Died (A Guest Post)

An email-turned-guest post from a former client. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This year, as a postdoc, both the NIH fellowship and the NSF grant I wrote were funded, and one of my papers was shortlisted for the Outstanding Paper of the Year Prize … Continue reading

The Top 5 Mistakes Women Make in Academic Settings

[Repost from the TPII archives] I frequently offer the workshop:  “Yes You Can!  Women and Graduate School.” It’s a workshop I led quite a few times in different forms, formally and informally, over the course of my years in academia. … Continue reading

On Leaving the Cult (A Letter From a Client)

I get a pretty regular stream of fan mail from clients and readers, and I read all of it, respond to all of it, and deeply appreciate all of it.  When I get a letter from someone telling me how … Continue reading

“Write Like a Motherfucker”

I’ve been post-academic now for just about exactly three years. Three years since I left my tenured position at University of Illinois to move back to Eugene, Oregon with no job and no idea what I’d do next. This summer … Continue reading