Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure – Guest Post

By Patricia Matthew Patricia Matthew is an associate professor of English at Montclair State University.  She is writing a book about representations of the body and the discourse of disease and illness in Romantic-era fiction. She is the co-editor of … Continue reading

“My Family Lives In Driving Distance” – Or Not

For Fall 2016 I am reposting the top 25 posts on academic job applications. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In the past month a client wrote in his tailoring section that he was excited to apply to a position at the University of Chicago, … Continue reading

Banish These Words, 2016 Edition

Every season I note a new batch of trite, overused words cropping up in job and grant documents. I’ve already written about some of the most critical to banish from your vocabulary here, and here. Here is the newest set … Continue reading

How to Write a Recommendation Letter

The wonderful Shit Academic Say (@AcademicsSay) retweeted a hilarious parody of American vs. British recommendation letters this week.   Posted by Shit Academics Say on Thursday, December 8, 2016   It’s so painfully accurate that it immediately brought back traumatic memories … Continue reading

Dr. Karen’s Rules of the Academic CV

Reposting classics on the basic job market documents as we gear up for the 2016 job search! ~~~~~~~~ Today’s post is a long overdue post on CVs.  While the CV genre permits a wide range of variation, and there is … Continue reading

The Alt/Post-Ac Makeover: From Field to Function and New Forms – Cardozo

by Out-Ac Coach Karen Cardozo To run a successful Alt/Post-Ac job search, you first need to grasp some key differences between hiring in academic versus alternative sectors.  Here’s is a partial synopsis:       Many academic listings are advertised nationally and up … Continue reading

Get Unstuck! Productivity Coaching from The Professor Is In

by Kellee Weinhold Kellee Weinhold is the TPII expert in charge of live Skype Interview Interventions, Job Talk Interventions, Campus Visit Interventions, the UNSTUCK writing coaching program, and technology. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ It’s that time in the Academic Life Cycle when attention … 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

Is the Academy Good?

I’ve had two huge changes in my life in the past two years.  The first is, I’ve started dancing in earnest. The second is, I’ve started meditating.  These have both completely transformed my life.  Dancing has allowed me to move … Continue reading