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 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...

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...

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