The book inches closer to actually existing in the material world (August 4)! It has gotten some lovely blurbs by amazing people, like this one by the inimitable Rebecca Schuman: “If you would like your academic career to begin in delusion and end … [Read more...] about Update on My Book: Blurbs, Reviews, and a Promotion
How to Get Grants and Fellowships
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Grad students tend to veer between two extremes: I know nothing and I know everything. The latter position is an over-compensatory response to fear of the former. As you gain experience you find a middle ground of calm confidence. However, at the … [Read more...] about Grad Student Grandiosity
I've worked with a handful of clients applying to project-based postdocs in Europe. We've had some bumps in the road, as I had to learn the expectations of these postdocs. A successful reader recently gave me a few pointers, which are below. The … [Read more...] about The European Project-Based Postdoc
Two pet peeves from the world of grants: A grant proposal must not contain the phrase “I need to,” as in “for my revisions of the manuscript I need to pay closer attention to feminist critiques and read more deeply in the women’s studies … [Read more...] about Two Pet Peeves From the World of Grants
In the Foolproof Grant Template I ask for an opening sentence or two that quickly engages the reader on the "big topic" of the research. My clients have a terrible time grasping what that opening should look like. They've been so disciplined through … [Read more...] about The Big Issue In Your Grant Proposal
In recent work on grant applications this year, I’ve finally identified a problem that has bothered me for a long time. People who use the Foolproof Grant Template construct an argument for the urgency of their research by deploying what I call the … [Read more...] about Why Are There No Elephants? A Common Grant-Writing Error
List addiction is an epidemic among academic writers. I have a blog post about the subject (which I knew nothing about prior to my work in TPII), and I refer at least 50% of clients to that blog post at one point or another. What is it with … [Read more...] about List Addiction, Cont’d: The Dyad
Do not use the words “unique” or “burgeoning” in any of your job documents. They are painfully overused. The first is just trite. The second is over-dramatic. That is all. … [Read more...] about Banish These Words
Last week, I was working on a client's materials. We were on something like draft #4 of her dissertation abstract, following on weeks of work on her c.v. and job letter. She'd been working hard, and her materials showed it. It was Sunday morning, … [Read more...] about Is Your Writing Better Than Waffles?