Conferences are an important part of many people’s academic careers: they provide the opportunity to present your research to specialists in your field; to talk with friends and colleagues at other institutions; and to learn about new publications, methods, and current research. They can also cause anxiety or disappointment (especially those conferences that include job interviews). But being prepared for your next conference, whether it’s your first or your fiftieth, with some tips from the Pro…
Teaching, tech, and productivity.
We’re now well into summer, when many of us have ambitions of getting a fair amount of writing done. As seems to be not uncommon, a good number of the members of Team ProfHacker find regular writing both a pleasure and a challenge, so we’ve spilled a lot of digital ink on the subject. Here’s a rundown of past posts that may be of interest:
Getting into the writing habit
Trying to kick-start a summer writing habit? Check out Billie’s Writers’ Boot Camp: Summer Writing Edition 2012. Better yet, ch…
Love ’em or hate ’em, meetings are a fact of academic life. In a typical semester, most faculty participate in a variety of meetings, ranging from student thesis committees, departmental committees, college working groups, faculty senate meetings, or even campus or regional planning meetings. Here are some ideas and resources from the ProfHacker archives to make your next meeting just a little bit better.
How Do You Behave in a Meeting?
Complaining about meetings is a favorite academic pastim…
The start of the fall academic term often means meeting new people and refreshing your connection with colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. Although many of those meetings and conversations might take place in the hallways and coffeeshops of your campus, others might be entirely digital in nature. The timing, methods, and significance of interpersonal interaction continually change along with our uses of technology.
Define Your Boundaries
How you choose to set boundaries on the kinds of com…
Early in the life of ProfHacker, Julie Meloni wrote about how her Droid helped her to be more productive and offered key advice for anyone considering purchasing a new smartphone:
I offer this piece of advice: go to the store and hold it. If the device has so much potential, the only way to tap that potential is to actually use it and be comfortable doing so. If you are uncomfortable with your phone, you won’t be as productive. It has to feel right.
It was almost a year ago that Amy wrote iPho…
Deadlines, committee meetings, and events pile up at the end of the spring semester. Almost everyone on campus, students, staff, and faculty alike, feel the pressure building up over the last weeks. There are papers to write or grade, thesis and dissertation defenses, final meetings of almost every administrative committee or panel, prize competitions to be judged, and graduation ceremonies to be planned, rehearsed, and performed.
It’s a lot. It’s stressful. But somehow or other, the spring term…
By and large, academics tend to make, take, and share notes: we mark up our books, compulsively annotate our own and other people’s writing, and jot down ideas wherever they occur to us. Inveterate note-takers find the simple act of writing notes itself is helpful, as Kathleen suggests in her note from an Evernote convert:
Notes are the key to remembering, for me. Or, more precisely: the act of taking notes is the key to remembering. Something about the act of taking notes helps make an idea, o…
Since several people on the ProfHacker team are regular users of Apple software and products, it’s no surprise that we’ve published a few related posts.
Ethan’s 5 Lecturecasting Tools I Can’t Live Without includes discussions of Camtasia:Mac and Garageband. Guest author Cory Bohon’s Screencasting 101 focuses on Mac software like ScreenFlow and QuickTime.
Amy wrote about using DevonThink and WordPress together to search her draft writing alongside her research database. Ryan’s post on or…
It’s probably no accident that we here at ProfHacker have written quite a bit about blogs. Several of us first met (virtually, that is) several years ago through the then-flourishing academic blogosphere; many of us currently maintain personal or professional blogs today; and several of us use blogs in various ways in our teaching.
We believe in blogging’s potential for reaching interested readers, building community, and fostering new kinds of creative collaborations. As a collaborative blog si…
Happy New Year!
Here are 11 tips from the ProfHacker archives to help make 2011 a great year!
- Figure out what worked well last semester and what you want to change this term.
- Set aside the first half hour of the morning for your highest priority tasks.
- Write 750 words each day.
- Check out 11 Fast Syllabus Hacks.
- Stock up on non-perishable items at the grocery store.
- Improve meetings in your department or college.
- Track your finances.
- Go offline for 36 hours.
- Don’t get stress…