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You’re ‘Not Ready’ for a Promotion? Take It Anyway

What are the best ways to prepare yourself to jump when an opportunity comes along?

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The Importance of Being Present

How often as faculty members are we “in absentia” — sometimes literally but also metaphorically?

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The Art of Peer Pressure

Hello, prospective grad student. Come in under the shadow of this red rock.

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Why You Need a Writing Group

A writing group is automatically subversive — a parallel universe outside of the isolation of academic culture.

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Sometimes Their Gripe Is Legit

Instead of being defensive about a student’s complaint, why not try listening?

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The Professor Is In: Juggling Review Requests

You are eager to be a peer reviewer for journals. Just don’t be too eager.

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The Unseen Labor of Mentoring

How to keep helping marginalized students without jeopardizing your own career.

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Breaking into the NGO Bubble

How to network and land contracts with nongovernmental organizations.

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How to Craft a Pitch

Six tips to help you craft an effective pitch that will get your article published.

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The Importance of Being Bad at Something

The ability to keep going through an initial period of incompetence is like a muscle. It will atrophy if you don’t use it.

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You. Yes, You!

Warning: You may be surprised by the realities of an administrative position.

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A Summer Reading List

You ran/walked/crawled across the finish line of the spring semester: Reward yourself with a few good books.

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No, Student Evaluations Aren’t ‘Worthless’

Flawed? Yes. But right now they’re the best instrument we’ve got for measuring teaching effectiveness.

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The Professor Is In: The Dissertation-to-Book Transition

Which sections should you drop? And which publishers should you approach?

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ISO … a Peer Mentor

Why is it so difficult to find a midcareer mentor near my own age?

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The Tiny Yet Powerful Cover Letter

On the nonfaculty job market, this letter is your first impression. Make it count.

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Tread Carefully With the Socratic Method

In these hypersensitive times, students don’t always understand the concept of devil’s advocate.

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You Can’t Automate Good Teaching

Any professor who cares one whit about teaching understands that education involves a lot more than just conveying information.

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Why All Conferences Should Go Vegan

A manifesto on behalf of meat-free meals at scholarly meetings and conferences.

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We Keep Ignoring the Audience

Teaching graduate students to pay attention to whom they’re writing for could go a long way toward improving academic writing.

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The Professor Is In: A Second Chance?

Would a spurned department offer a tenure-track job to a candidate who had already turned it down?

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Now You’re in Charge

Warning: You may be surprised by the realities of an administrative position.

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Unexpected Careers

Our Career Talk columnists talk with three Ph.D.s who ended up finding satisfying work outside their disciplines.

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From Bench Science to Academic Administration

A Ph.D. in psychology found her niche working with graduate students on their professional development.

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Handling Your Imperfect Adviser

How to “manage up” and get what you need from your graduate supervisor.