Regular readers of this blog know that I use this space for focused advice for young academics on overcoming specific pitfalls and challenges in the academic career—how to write an abstract, apply for a grant, deal with a difficult advisor, etc. I … [Read more...] about Memo to Professors: How Useless Are You? Really?
Today's post is a Special Request post for Lauri, who is a new assistant professor, and wishes to know how to cultivate mentors on campus. Regular readers of this blog will know that I frequently mention the importance of cultivating mentors on … [Read more...] about Finding Mentors
Today's post is a Special Request post for quite a few clients, who wanted to know what is meant when a job ad asks for “Evidence of Teaching Excellence.” I want to state at the outset that I have only a few thoughts to offer on this subject, and … [Read more...] about What is Evidence of Teaching Excellence?
Amanda Krauss left a position at Vanderbilt to become a web developer in Austin. She now blogs as Worst Professor Ever. I got to know Amanda when I approached her about writing a Guest Post on her blog, the post that ended up as "Death of a Soul (on … [Read more...] about Be Careful What You Wish For
[Sept 2019 update: the fact is, Interfolio is unavoidable for many searches and required in a number of fields. The advice here is mostly outdated. I'll leave it up because I still think it's worth asking ourselves why this tech adaptation became … [Read more...] about Should I Use Interfolio?
This is Part Three of our three-part series, "How to Work the Conference." Today's column discusses mealtimes and the book exhibit. In last week's post I quoted extensively from The Tenured Radical's column on conferences. One of her best lines in … [Read more...] about How to Work the Conference (Part Three of Three)
Today is a Special Request post for Meagan, who wishes to know how to approach a famous and influential scholar in her department to be the chair of her dissertation committee. Ideally, you will have arranged to work with your famous dissertation … [Read more...] about How To Ask A (Famous) Professor to be Your Dissertation Chair
Today we continue with Part Two of the "How to Work the Conference" series (see Part One here). Today's post deals with how to behave during the conference--that is to say, how to look like you're very busy and in-demand. Because conferences are … [Read more...] about How to Work the Conference (Part Two of Three)
[July 2019 Update below by Jacqueline Barlow, Open Access Officer at The University of Winchester in Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom--please read] Today we are honored to have a guest post by Kathryn Hume, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English … [Read more...] about The Perils of Publishing Your Dissertation Online
(Friday Post Category: Yes You Can! Women and Academia) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Our post today is a guest post by Rachel Connelly, Bion R. Cram Professor of Economics, and Chair of the Economics Department … [Read more...] about Finding Work/Life Balance in Academia