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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.

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Vitae

Collegiality and Disability

Accessibility is not a zero-sum game.

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Advice

Designing a Lab in the Humanities

What our disciplines are missing for students is the fun factor.

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Vitae

How to Toe the Line

Struggling to adjust after leaving academe? The way forward may lie in simply listening to your own intuition.

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Advice

Scholars Talk Writing: Advice From an Editor

Teaching encourages oratorical habits that can sometimes be deadly in a trade book.

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Vitae

What Is Critical Thinking, Anyway?

A longtime faculty member shares the talk he gives to his own students on the first day of the semester.

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Advice

The Art of the Campus Interview

It’s not a good sign when the search committee is more interested in snapping food pics than in chatting with you.

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Vitae

What Trump Could Learn From My First-Year Rhetoric Course

It’s not just the president and his administration who would benefit. We all would.

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Vitae

How to Support Students of Color

Advice on how to help your nonwhite students in an era of anxiety.

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Advice

Administration 101: Prepping for the Job Hunt

The political risk is weighty and the preparations are burdensome, so make sure you are ready.

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Vitae

Branding Yourself as an Academic

Stop acting like it’s a dirty word, and start thinking about how to shape your brand.