May 30, 2017

For the last ten years, the actor Jim Parsons has made a career for himself portraying the main, endearing character of The Big Bang Theory, Dr. Sheldon Cooper. In fact,  Parsons has won an Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, a TCA Award, and two Critic's Choice Awards, by...

May 15, 2017

Doctoral students often feel frustrated in the process of having so much detail of their dissertation research approved. Research questions and hypotheses need approval. Study design and analysis plans have to be approved. I have heard many students lament, I can'...

May 8, 2017

When it comes to the academic job market,  I have a lot of stories to tell.

I've been on the job market twice. My first time on the market was at the end of my PhD program, which unfortunately occurred when the recession was at its worst. Many universities were imposin...

May 1, 2017

Looking back on my academic career thus far, there have been three distinct periods when I came down with a bad case of impostor syndrome. The first was during my initial year of my doctoral program. My master's degree is in a different (though related) field than my d...

April 24, 2017

This week I had a paper rejected from a journal. It was the fourth time this paper has been rejected and for the first time in my career, I'm considering giving up on an article. We did everything we could - we've made revisions based on reviewer feedback, we tried dif...

April 10, 2017

The internet has become a double-edged sword in higher education. On one hand, it brings information from millions of sources to the fingertips of our students as they struggle to complete the writing assignments we give them semester after semester. In looking back to...

April 3, 2017

I have heard from a number of colleagues that the discussion section is their least favorite part of the manuscript to write. I find this unfortunate - the discussion section is the most important section of your manuscript! Consider its purpose in your paper:

  • It hi...

March 27, 2017

You finished your draft. You reviewed the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Findings to make sure that all of your statements and arguments are clear and polished. You proofread. You triple checked that all of your references are formatted correctly. Give yourself a...

March 20, 2017

Since the recent recession many colleges and universities have been able to hire more faculty and offer higher starting salaries compared to prior years. This has been great for those who have recently entered the academic job market. However, this has not been so grea...

March 13, 2017

While my research has mostly been in the areas of public health and social work, my PhD is in Urban Affairs and Public Policy. This has benefited me in many ways and has been particularly helpful in boosting my publication record, because I can write policy analyses wh...

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