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Vitae

What I’m Seeing in Today’s Faculty Candidates

And what I’d like to see more of in the future.

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Advice

What if They Fail Teacher Training?

Turns out, not much happens to graduate students who flunk the pedagogical seminar.

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Vitae

The Vitae Bookshelf: David D. Perlmutter

Five novels that every administrator should read.

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Vitae

From Bench Science to Museum Business Planner

“I didn’t know this world that I’m working in now even existed until I ended up in it.”

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Advice

Don’t Ignore Your Republican Students

A Twitter assignment reveals that only one side of the political spectrum is being represented in class discussion.

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Vitae

Choosing Your Own Adventure

How to make choices in graduate school that expand your career options.

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Advice

Gender in the Job Interview

No, this is not an argument for women to act more like men in the hiring process.

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Vitae

Confessions of an Ex-Lecturer

Why I stopped lecturing in my large survey course, and why I don’t miss it.

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Vitae

Job-Market Diaries: An Archaeology Professor

Part 4 in a series featuring new faculty members talking about their academic job search.

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Advice

Maybe You’re Just a Jealous Academic

In the increasingly volatile industry that is academe, you aren’t alone in your envy.

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Vitae

Writing Through Our Political Tailspin

Spending too much time reading (and ranting) about the latest Trump outrage? Here’s how to get your work back on track.

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Advice

You Will Be Assessed and Found Mediocre

How to cope with the endless urge to evaluate every aspect of faculty work.

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Vitae

Same Lesson, Different Semester

Class prep gets easier and easier the more you teach a particular course. But is that always a good thing?

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Vitae

On Leaving: Always Be Able to Walk Away

When the time comes to quit a nonacademic job, can you leave on your own terms?

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Advice

Is It Really Time to Teach '1984'?

Proceed carefully before encouraging students to jump in.

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Vitae

On Leaving: Exiting on Good Terms

They never appreciated you and now you’re moving on. It’s oh so tempting to set them straight.

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Advice

Obsessed With Smartness

Why does academic culture value the students we admit more highly than the ones we graduate?

Advice

Ms. Mentor Muses About Academic Meetings

The academic-advice columnist has often cast her skeptical eye on the academic committee; here are some of her pointed observations.

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Vitae

The Vitae Bookshelf: Peggy Delmas

My five favorite books on gender, leadership, and academe.

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Vitae

No One Is Reading Those Reference Letters

Not in the initial cull, anyway. So why does academia keep pointlessly requiring them for job applications?

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Advice

Leaving the Adjunct Track

No hard feelings, but I don’t miss academe, and I probably won’t be back.

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Vitae

Thriving in a Small Department

You have to figure out the “family” dynamics before you can carve out your place.

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Vitae

How to Ace the Screening Interview

You have only 15 to 30 minutes to convince a company that you should be asked back for a second-round interview.