(Friday Post Category: Yes, You Can: Women in Academia) I get so frustrated when I see the female students and colleagues I work with sabotage themselves and undermine their own authority and effectiveness because of an inability to be assertive. … [Read more...] about What is Assertiveness, for Women?
(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 6 tenure cases. … [Read more...] about Hooray for Elite White Men! External Reviewers for Tenure
NOTE: 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, but for the complete discussion … [Read more...] about Dr. Karen’s Foolproof Grant Template
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 with a … [Read more...] about Why You Must Never Ask Your TA for a Letter of Recommendation, Part One
In an earlier post I explained the reasons that you must never ask your TA for letters of recommendation. All of your letters must come from faculty, preferably full-time faculty in your major department or one closely affiliated . Now I'll discuss … [Read more...] about Why You Must Never Ask Your TA for a Letter of Recommendation, Part Two
***Please note that I no longer respond to comments/questions to this post! For additional help, see a list of individualized services to help you in your path to graduate school, and the Guidance Package, both offered below the post*** One of the … [Read more...] about How Do You Write an Email or Letter to a Professor?