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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 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...

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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