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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...

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...

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...

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...

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