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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 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'...

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...

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 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...

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