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Advice

Scholars Talk Writing: Jennifer Crusie

'It’s an incredibly arrogant act to publish anything.'

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Vitae

Teaching Tips for Graduate Students

You have to finish. And you have to teach. Here’s how to find the right balance.

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Vitae

'Dear Forums ...': Too Many Students Want to Talk to Me After Class. Help!

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: a grant-money question; how to list publications on your CV; and overcoming the strategic-plan blues.

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Vitae

The Mentoring Buck Stops Here

Just because you’re “accessible” and “approachable” doesn’t mean you’re a good mentor.

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Advice

The Dangers of Faculty Book Club

Warning: Reading books with your colleagues can make you mad.

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Vitae

Skills First, and Let Content Follow

You’re not choosing skills at the expense of content; it isn’t one or the other.

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Vitae

Why ‘Alternative’ Careers in STEM Aren’t ‘Alternative’

And why academic science needs to stop pretending they are.

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Advice

Academic Ethics: What Should We Do With Sexual Harassers in Academe?

Should they be barred permanently from teaching?

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Vitae

Why Are We Ambivalent About Ambition?

Well, it’s OK to be courted for a leadership role in academe, but don’t let anyone see you actually pursue one.

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Advice

Confessions of a 'Formerly Young' Professor

We need to talk more as a profession about pedagogy and aging.

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Vitae

'Dear Forums ...': My Student Won't Leave Me Alone. Help!

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: thoughts on switching departments, right-of-first-refusal clauses, embargoed dissertations, and veering off on tangents in class.

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Vitae

DIY Syllabus: What Is a Syllabus Really For, Anyway?

Part 1 of a new series on how to build a syllabus looks at why it’s like a monster that keeps getting bigger.

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Advice

Why I Hate the New 'MLA Handbook'

The just-published eighth edition is a disservice to students and a potential disaster for scholars.

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Vitae

Working on Someone Else’s Clock

Learning to set a normal work week can be a challenge for Ph.D.s who move into administration.

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Vitae

Community-College FAQ: The Application

"The job ad calls for only a CV and a cover letter. Should I include more?"

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Vitae

Should I Apply Again?

It turns out some academics do ask questions that can be resolved with short answers.

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Advice

Duly Keynoted

Why is the keynote speech such a train wreck at most academic conferences?

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Vitae

Tenure-Track Wisdom: Nick Nelson

“I wish I had known how much fun I was going to have,” says a new assistant professor about his first year on the job.

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Advice

No, Banning Laptops Is Not the Answer

And it’s just as pointless to condemn any ban on electronic devices in the classroom.

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Vitae

'Dear Forums ...': I'm Applying for a Job in the Department in Which I Work. Any Advice?

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: how to handle a bad review; why some ads ask for undergraduate transcripts.

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Vitae

Nobody Cares About Your .Edu Anymore

Which is why you as a faculty member should consider using a private email account more often.

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Advice

Death by Retreat

Three tactics you should definitely not pursue in organizing a staff retreat.

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Vitae

You’re Never Too Old to Observe or Be Observed

Why you should spend more time watching your colleagues teach.