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July 31, 2018

 It has been more than 10 years since I walked across the graduation stage to receive my PhD degree. During that time, I have had the pleasure of discussing doctoral education with colleagues, mentees, and students alike. Among those in the social work discipline, I ha...

March 26, 2018

Last Friday I returned from Washington DC after an intensive six-day trip to educate and train students on engaging in policy advocacy. During this time, there were numerous inspiring moments as we watched the Supreme Court debate cases, examined Congress as they voted...

January 1, 2018

Another holiday season has come and gone. For some of us academics, we used the winter break as respite following a busy fall semester. Others may have used the time to catch up on writing and research tasks. As friends and family members use the New Year as a time to...

December 4, 2017

Landing a telephone, conference, or campus interview is extremely exciting for  junior faculty on the academic job market. Knowing how competitive tenure track positions are, you quickly start prepping for the big event...You polish your job talk...prepare statements o...

November 19, 2017

You've sent out your applications, undergone conference and phone interviews, and have been waiting for that special moment when you get the call inviting you for a campus interview. If you've made it this far in the academic job market season, congratulations! Now is...

November 1, 2017

So, you are on the academic job market and you scored the coveted campus interview. Congratulations! You definitely deserve to take a minute to celebrate this career victory. However, once that excitement wanes, anxiety may start to settle in as you contemplate how to...

October 5, 2017

Going on the job market at the end of your PhD studies is like ending a marathon with another marathon. For many of us, the pursuit of an academic job - especially for coveted tenure-track positions - will involve the following progression of steps:

  • Faculty search p...

September 5, 2017

With the commencement of another academic job market season, thousands of newly-minted and soon-to-be PhD graduates will be searching for an academic job. One of the most common pieces of advice given to those on the job market is to make sure that they assess each ins...

August 20, 2017

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about August anxiety...that dreadful feeling when August arrives and you realize that you didn't meet all of the writing and career goals you set back in May. Now we are in late August and looking at a new academic year straight in th...

August 1, 2017

For those of us academics on a nine or ten-month contract, summers offer a number of opportunities...teaching for extra pay, time to do our research or write, reduced work schedules that allow for more time with family and friends. In my experience, the first two weeks...

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