January 01, 2017

How Do I Become an Administrator

Adolfo Valle for The Chronicle
We offer here a mix of essays from The Chronicle’s Advice columns (often focused on trends in academic work and life) and from Vitae (focused on practical, how-to advice for early-career academics and administrators). Now in its fourth year, with more than 840,000 members at more than 4,000 institutions, Vitae continues to offer free career-management tools and the best job openings. Last year The Chronicle debuted Vitae Recruiter, a new search tool designed to help employers find the best candidates for administrative, faculty, and staff positions in higher education. To read more — and to experience Vitae — please visit chroniclevitae.com. To find out more about Vitae Recruiter, please visit chroniclevitae.com/recruiter.

Are you prepared for the types, scale, and severity of management challenges?

Three ways to tell if someone has real power or is just desperate to be considered a player.

For some of us, administrative work is not just an obligation or a noble sacrifice — it’s a calling.

What to do when your third-year review leaves you on shaky ground.

At a time when things seem so strained in academe, it’s important to remember the good we can do.

A good midlevel manager can make all the difference in determining whether faculty life is satisfying or unbearable.

Graduate school is an exercise in people not telling you things.

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

And how to supervise the faculty member writing it.

For too long, the U.S. academic job market has compelled us to see our careers in black and white.

What will you be expected to publish from your dissertation?