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...

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...

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 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 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...

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