In my two+ gratifying and enjoyable years of writing for Chronicle Vitae, I've only had one column rejected by them, and it is this one, which I submitted late in December as an end-of-year compendium of all my columns, organized thematically. I … [Read more...] about How to Write Your Own Rec. Letter, plus All of my Vitae columns
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
The writer is an Instructor at a small Christian college. “God bless you!” I hadn’t just sneezed. I was holding open the door for a colleague struggling under the weight of a file box. “That looks heavy,” I replied, demonstrating for the … [Read more...] about Teaching In The Non-Believer’s Closet (A Guest Post on Christian Colleges)
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Today’s anonymous author is a tenured professor in the field of religion at a mid-sized Christian University. He has sat on and chaired numerous search committees for both faculty and administrative hires. He sees the enormous stack of applicants for … [Read more...] about Three Truths and a Lie? Negotiations at the Christian College (A Guest Post)
This is a guest post by a tenured reader at a mid-tier public university. If you been invited for a campus visit, congratulations. This means that you are part of an elite group of 5 or so who have been chosen over the hundred or so other … [Read more...] about A View From the Other Side of the Table: Playing the Endgame (A Guest Post)
Those of you who follow me on Facebook know that last week a little debate arose there about whether it was good to anonymously post all the job (and postdoc) offers received by my clients, or if that practice had the effect of making less successful … [Read more...] about The Job Offer Digest
There is a kind of line in job documents that is technically blameless, but is so generic, so very much "stating the obvious" that it also completely pointless. This kind of line fills space while doing nothing to distinguish you in any way. The … [Read more...] about Don’t State the Obvious
Discussion of negotiating the tenure track offer continues apace. Last week I was included in an email exchange between Rebecca Schuman and Mike Tarr, Department Head of the Psychology department at Carnegie Mellon University. Mike got in touch … [Read more...] about More on Negotiating–Thoughts from an R1 Department Head
I keep getting asked about the recent rescinded offer in Philosophy at Nazareth College, which originally popped up on Philosophy Smoker, (with a response from the rescindee, "W," here), went to Jezebel, then Forbes, and shows no signs of … [Read more...] about The Rescinded Offer: Who Is In the Wrong?