March 6, 2017

Conferences are a way of life for academics. Most scholars have a "flagship" conference for their discipline that they attend each year with a second (or third) conference that they attend regularly, if time and travel funding permit. When I was a junior scholar, just...

February 27, 2017

As a PhD student you may or may not already know this, but there is very little chance that you will be able to turn to your own academic program for a tenure track job when you finish your degree. This may lead to feelings that range from disappointment to pure panic...

February 20, 2017

Publishing research can be a frustrating, exciting, and anxious experience all wrapped up into one for junior scholars. There is a lot of excitement surrounding the submission of a manuscript, receiving an acceptance letter or favorable review of a manuscript. However,...

February 13, 2017

For many graduate students on the job market for the first time, it is difficult to know where to start looking for a job. Most people start out looking on the internet, but there are so many sites out there, where do you start?

First, there are a couple of websites th...

February 6, 2017

Over the years, tenure has gotten to be more and more difficult to achieve - especially as many universities work harder to raise their research designation and visibility. In some cases I have colleagues who teach three or more courses each semester and are still expe...

January 30, 2017

For those of you new to academia, you will soon learn that most of us in our profession end up drafting (or fully writing!) the reference letters we submit for jobs, awards, and other purposes. It is quite common to  ask an adviser or colleague to write a letter of ref...

January 13, 2017

Maybe you are a graduate student who is unsure if you want a position in academia or industry. Maybe you are a faculty member who is decided to take a job outside of the university.

I have several colleagues who have floated between academic and non-academic jobs. I als...

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