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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.

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Writing a Book Pre-Tenure

A few words of advice on how to approach, and finish, your first book.

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How to Stop Sneering

Just because you can disparage a student or a colleague doesn’t mean you have to.

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In Praise of the First Person

Why you should be encouraging your undergraduate and graduate students to write in the first person.

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The Professor Is in: The Book Question

When do you need a published book to secure a tenure-track job?

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The Vitae Bookshelf: Leonard Cassuto

Five necessary books to read about American colleges and universities.

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Stuck in the Assessment Swamp?

It’s little wonder that “assessment” is one of those words that make faculty members break out in hives.

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Lessons From Year 1 on the Faculty

Teaching, it turns out, is not always about teaching.

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Have Postdoc, Will Travel

Before you accept that fellowship, consider the high costs — financial and otherwise — of short-term relocations.

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The Myth of One More Source

Are you searching for more sources out of curiosity or fear?

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I Found a Tenure-Track Job. Here’s What it Took.

Two hiring seasons and 112 applications.

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Stalled in the Writing?

The problem may be that you are approaching your project from the outside in, rather than from the inside out.

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Getting Our Students Wrong

Why is it always so surprising when our initial impression of a student turns out to be mistaken?

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From Bench Science to Science Diplomacy

“As a scientist you get trained to be a specialist, but in my role now I’m a generalist.”

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Mastering the Boring Basics

Much of teaching is procedural. But making the most of those routine moments can have a big impact in your classroom.