Don’t Get Your Career at Costco

From a reader, on Facebook: “Thank you for the post on The Five Year Plan. “After reading it, I realized that during my years as a tenure-track assistant professor, I went about publishing and doing research, the way I do … Continue reading

Why You Need a Second Project. An Urgent #Facepalm Fail Addendum

In the middle of an Interview Bootcamp with a client yesterday, I suddenly realized with a jolt, and to my horror, that I had inexplicably and senselessly forgotten one of the major #Facepalm Fails of the academic interview in my … Continue reading

Negotiating the Spousal Hire

[This post is based on parts of last week’s post “How To Negotiate Your Tenure Track Offer.” Since some readers focused on the spousal issue may have missed that post, I am publishing this under this new title here.  I … Continue reading

Editing Your C.V. and Letter for Teaching/Writing Positions

Today’s post is a Special Request post for a reader who shall remain anonymous. Her question concerns how to tailor her letter and c.v. for different jobs. Here’s the background: She is a Victorian literature specialist and on the job … Continue reading

The Foolproof Grant Template–Where Did It Come From?

The fellowship season is upon us, and I’m working with clients on all sorts of grants and fellowships. As part of that process I’m spending a lot of time talking people through the Dr. Karen Foolproof Grant Template. I won’t … Continue reading

Stop Acting Like a Girl! A Response to Feminist Critics

Some feminists don’t like the Dr. Karen method. By the Dr. Karen method I mean my practice of telling women to stop acting “like girls” and to start learning to recognize and master the codes of power and authority that … Continue reading

Should I Use Interfolio?

[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 The advice here is mostly outdated.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 … Continue reading

How to Work the Conference (Part Three of Three)

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 … Continue reading

How to Work the Conference (Part Two of Three)

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. … Continue reading

The Perils of Publishing Your Dissertation Online

[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 at … Continue reading