Making the most of your options with higher education's major retirement-plan provider need not be bewildering.
- Of Human Bondage, Part 2
- Of Human Bondage
- Choosing Investments for Balance
- Diversification Still Works
- Tax Planning and Sabbatical Leaves
- Saving, Speculation, Investment
- Tolerance, Risk, and Reward
- How Much Should I Save?
- Investing for Retirement
An Academic in America
What teaching colleges and research universities have to gain from collaboration.
- Considering Adjunct Misery
- Stop Calling It 'Digital Humanities'
- Surviving the Next Apocalypse: a Modest Curriculum
- No More Indiana Jones Warehouses
- It's Your Duty to Be Miserable!
- 'Once an Eagle, Always an Eagle'?
- 'No DH, No Interview'
- Screening Out the Introverts
- A Type of Nostalgia
- Invisible Gorillas Are Everywhere
- We're Still in Love With Books
- 'Getting to Clear'
- Big-Tent Digital Humanities: a View From the Edge, Part 2
- 'Big Tent Digital Humanities,' a View From the Edge, Part 1
- 100 Columns Later
- On Deadlines and Dead Grandmothers
- A Perfect Storm in Undergraduate Education, Part 2
- A Perfect Storm in Undergraduate Education
- Getting Medieval on Higher Education
The Academic Expat
What about the spouse? What about the children? Academics considering the expat life should think about these questions carefully.
- For Expat Professors in South Korea, Students Can Be the Biggest Cultural Surprise
- Cross-Cultural Skills: Essential for Expatriate Success
The Adjunct Track
Whatever you do as a non-tenure-track faculty member, don't do any of these things.
- Dodgy Definitions of Merit
- An Adjunct's View
- Why Don't We Insist on Equity?
- Academe's House Rules
- Sticks and Stones, or Titles and Truth?
- The Silence of the Grads
- Help Is on the Way
- My Foray Into Adjunct Life
- The New Faculty Wife
When her husband got sick, a professor could have applied for an emergency family leave. So why didn't she?
- Title IX and Babies: The New Frontier?
- The Future of the Ph.D.
- The Next Step for Female Scientists
- The Pyramid Problem
- Answering the Illegal Question
- How to Change Workplace Culture on Parenting
- Have No Illusions: Dual Academic Careers
- The Three-Body Problem
- E-Mail: the Third Shift
- Women, Tenure, and the Law
- The Academic-Motherhood Handicap
- Still Earning Less
- Title IX Includes Maternal Discrimination
- Why So Few Doctoral-Student Parents?
Beyond the Ivory Tower
A Ph.D. in the life sciences offers advice on pursuing a nonacademic job.
- The Humanities Ph.D. at Work
- Don't Reform Graduate Education in a Vacuum
- Location, Location, Location
- Turning 'Plan B' Into a 'Plan A' Life
- Writing for History Buffs
- Our Secret Nonacademic Histories
- The Sweet Spot of a Nonacademic Job Search
- Changing History
- Sharing the Driving
- Zigzagging Through the Real World
- From Ph.D. to Self-Employed Consultant
- And if You Just Don't Go?
- Whose Job Is It, Anyway?
- A Hobby Becomes a Career
Having multiple suitors is an enviable position but one that carries its own kinds of confusion, pitfalls, and anxiety.
- The Etiquette of Accepting a Job Offer
- Avoiding Bad Advice From Your Colleagues
- In Search of a Good Critique
- You Can Go Home for the Holidays
What you need to know about preparing cover letters and résumés for nonteaching and nonacademic positions.
- 'A Common Time to Get Stuck'
- Finding an Internship to Change Careers
- 7 Resolutions to Advance Your Career
- From Advisee to Peer
- How New Graduate Students Should Spend Their Summers
- Seeking the Mentors You Need
- The Logistics of a Dual-Career Search
- What to Expect in a Second-Round Interview
- The Tough Part Is the Transition
- Getting Away From the Lab
- What to Expect in a First-Round Interview
- How Do I Create a Professional Network?
- Deciding When to Leave
- What Can Faculty Members Do to Help?
- Writing Samples and Teaching Statements
- The CV Doctor Returns - 2010
- Managing Your Emotions on the Market
- From Graduate Student to Faculty Member
- Career Paths for Life Scientists
- Following the Nonacademic Track
- Dealing With a Difficult Adviser
- Taking Your Questions
- The CV Doctor Is Back
- The CV Doctor Returns
Would a feminist by any other name be as sweet?
- On Being a Rookie Chair
- A Remarkable Number of Women
- One-Sentence Mentoring
- Wearing Me Out
- Dear Sir
- Midcareer Mentoring, Part 3
- Midcareer Mentoring, Part 2
- Midcareer Mentoring, Part 1
- Read Me (Please)
- Can Well-Behaved Women Make (Academic) History?
- When Your Adviser Wants a Letter of Support
- Tales From the Grad-Advising Crypt
- The A to Z of Dual-Career Couples
- Led Down the Administrative Path
- Confessions of a Journal Editor
- A Man Walks Into a Department Office ...
- Leave Dr. Seuss Out of It
- An Insider's Tales From a Tenure Committee
- Getting to Know You: Just Don't Use Facebook
A look at the reasons your grant proposal was rejected and what you can do about it.
- Writer's Block on the Dark Side
- Teaching While Gay
- The Case of the Vampire Student
- The Déjà Vu of Today's Application Files
- Teaching on the Tenure Track
- Life After Academe: My Blazer Is a Cardigan
- Moving Into New Quarters
- Self-Sabotage in the Academic Career
- What's the Secret to Getting Grants?
- My Calamitous Teaching Demo
- The Other Job Search
- Does Blanket 'Don't Go to Graduate School!' Advice Ignore Race and Reality?
- Successful Plagiarism 101
- Need Advice on a Nonacademic Career? Don't Ask Me
- Gun-to-the-Head Writing
- Giving Up Tenure? Who Does That?
- It's a Flipping Revolution
- Professor or Administrator?
- An Academic With Impostor Syndrome
- My First Book: Reflections on the Steps and Struggles
- Managing Your Online Time
- A Job-Market Captive Redeemed
- 'Someone Searched for You': Academia.edu and Me
- Things I Didn't Learn in Graduate School
The Fund Raiser
A development team expands its effort to build relationships with alumni and parents in Asia.
- Choosing a Development Career
- What's on One Fund Raiser's Mind in 2010?
- Considering a Job in Fund Raising?
- The Professor as Fund Raiser
- Why Stewardship Is Critical Now, and Always
- The Three R's
- Advancing Knowledge
- Fund Raising in a Recession
- Moving On in Turbulent Times
The Graduate Adviser
In an economy of scarcity, a rare commodity like office space will be fought over tenaciously.
- Doing Academic Time
- The Distress of Program Cuts
- In Defense of 'Idiocy'
- Campuses Under Fire
- A Letter to a New Chair
- Our Ever-Shifting Jargon
- Standing Out From the Crowd
- How Not to Reform Humanities Scholarship
- Yes, Big Brother Is Watching
- Snowy Decision Making
- How Not to Measure Faculty Productivity
- Avoiding the Hunker-Down Strategy
- Safety First
- If Only I Knew Then ...
Here, David Letterman-style, are the main missteps of administrative-search committees.
- Not Dressing the Part, and Other Interview Mistakes
- Faculty Members Can Lead, but Will They?
- Seeking a Different Sort of Leader
- The Education of a Provost
- Using a Case Study to Hire a Dean
- Becoming a Dean
- Confidentiality Is Becoming the Norm in Presidential Searches
- Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
- How Institutional Fit Influences Presidential Selection
- Dos and Don'ts for the In-Person Interview
- Rejection, Resilience, Renaissance
- It's Hard to Say Goodbye: Extended Stays by Presidents
- What I Learned From YouTube
I'm not their butler, their nurse, or their doormat.
- My Kingdom for a Parking Space
- My Boss Thinks He's Napoleon
- Academic Party Games
- It's Me Against My Students
- Handling an Insulting Remark
- I'm Being Recruited by the Department Grumps
- Is an Apology Enough?
- Novel Academic Novels: the Sequel
- Death by Discussion
- Annoying Young Colleague
- I Can't Learn Their Names
- Do I Have to Finish My Dissertation?
- Advertise My Courses? How Demeaning!
- A Young Professor Feels Left Out
- I Want to Make Them Squirm
- I Don't Fit In With the Oafs
- Whistle-Blowing or Witch Hunting?
- Novel Academic Novels
- I Want to Tell Them Off
Real, heartfelt stories about learning would inspire prospective students far more than another glossy brochure.
- Why They Don't Apply What They Learn, Part 3
- Why They Don't Apply What They've Learned, Part 2
- Why Don't They Apply What They've Learned, Part I
- A Campus Christmas Carol
- Inspiration From 'The Teaching Professor'
- Teaching What You Don't Know
- Helping Students to Tell Their Stories
- The Grounded Curriculum, Part 2
- The Grounded Curriculum
- The Benefits of Making It Harder to Learn
- On Teaching Awards
- Using Twitter to Talk About Teaching
- The Best-Laid Teaching Schemes
- So You Think You Can Lecture?
Sometimes, departmental reviews of an assistant professor's work can be cryptic or misleadingly positive.
- Pleasing the Peers
- How to Read a Student Evaluation
- How to Play Left Field at Job Interviews
- Making Up Isn't Hard to Do
- It's Your Fault
- It's Not Your Fault
- Keep on Zelda's Good Side
- Overcoming the 'Rattle Effect'
- How to Avoid Battling the Boss
- Knowing When to Defriend
- Spotting Your Faculty Enemies
- Pick Your Battles ... but How?
- Your First Search-Committee Gig
- Everyone Knows Your Search Fell Short
The place where a writer's personality is revealed clearly, if unintentionally, is in the acknowledgments.
- Learning Not to Give Too Much Advice
- The Reality of Writing a Good Book Proposal
- Are You My Mentor?
- Affairs of Heart and Mind
- Please Click 'Like'
- The Genre of Self-Evaluation
- What Do You Wish You Had Written?
- De Gustibus
- Becoming a 'Stylish' Writer
- Bad Brain Days
- Why We Can't Farm Out the Teaching of Writing
- Why Bother Writing Book Reviews?
- Not My Type
- Accepting the Way You Work
A President's Fifth Year
A President's Fourth Year
The Two-Year Track
It's time to blow up the old faculty career track and put something else in its place.
- What Community-College Search Committees Wish You Knew
- Serving Our Dual-Enrollment Students
- What About Community Colleges?
- Stepping Up
- It's a Viable Career Path
- The New Traditional on Campuses
- A Song of Vice and Mire
- Day 1 of the Semester
- All the Wrong Reasons
- What Graduate Students Want to Know About Community Colleges, Part 2
- What Graduate Students Want to Know About Community Colleges, Part 1
- Online Classes and College Completion
- What to Ask—and Not to Ask—in Your Interview
- We Need a New Interview Script
- The Rules About Classroom Rules
- The Brave New World of Job Hunting
- A Philosophy of Teaching
- Toward a Rational Response to Plagiarism
- The Liberal Arts Are Work-Force Development