(Friday Post Category: Yes, You Can: Women in the Academy) When I was a brand new assistant professor, the chair of my department put me in charge of the department's speaker series. This was actually a good thing. Being in charge of … [Read more...] about Getting Schooled for My Sexism
(Thursday Post Category: Here's How You Get Tenure) For this week's "Tenure" post, I was planning to write a post called "Playing the Percentages," about knowing your department's expectations for your time and effort breakdown as an assistant … [Read more...] about It’s Your Fault. Or, Who Gets Turned Down for Tenure?
This video makes all other posts on graduate school obsolete. That doesn't mean I'll stop posting, though. (Thanks to Leaving Academia blog http://www.leavingacademia.com) … [Read more...] about “So You Want to Get a Ph.D. in the Humanities”
Tuesdays I will occasionally feature "How-To(sday)" posts, short guides to certain genres of academic writing. I'm happy to take requests for these. Just email me at email@example.com. Today we look at the paper/conference … [Read more...] about How-To(sday): How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract
(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?