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
Why the Council of Graduate Schools is taking on the challenge of studying job outcomes for doctoral students.
- Shared Governance, Tenure, and Academic Freedom Are Worth the Trouble
- No More Digitally Challenged Liberal-Arts Majors
- On Graduate School and 'Love'
- 'Hacking' and 'Yacking' About the Digital Humanities
- Just Look at the Data, if You Can Find Any
- Cultivating Partnerships in the Digital Humanities
- 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
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
A new book explores the price that women in academe pay, and men don't, for having children.
- Not Taking Time Off
- 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
Beyond the Ivory Tower
You, too, can join the ranks of the gainfully employed outside of academe. Here's how.
- From Academe to Market Research
- 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?
How to make the best case to an outsider evaluating your promotion.
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Senior Administrators
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: The Tenured Factions
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: The Head of the Tenure Committee
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: The Chair
Too many Ph.D.’s are too attached to the romantic notion of loving their work.
- Your Third Year in a Ph.D. Program
- Your First Year in a Ph.D. Program
- How We Reached This Point, Part 2
- How We Reached This Point, Part 1
- You Have the M.A. What Now?
- From CV to 1-Page Résumé
- '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
What college seniors don't like about how professors respond to graduate-school inquiry.
- Are You Overbooked or Overlooked?
- Talking the Talk
- Fear of Feminism
- 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 ...
A Ph.D. in English is drawn back to the profession, despite misgivings, after a year away from academe.
- Training Historians and the Dual Degree
- Coping With a Career Crisis
- The Odds Are Never in Your Favor
- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (Probably)
- Faculty Bratitude
- Take the Hit and Move Forward
- Hard Lessons From the Front Lines of Change
- The Simple Gets Complicated in an Overseas Move
- Grants on CVs: Trust but Verify
- Be Hard to Get Along With
- How Not to Blow an Interview
- Limbo University Press
- We'll Never Be Royals
- How to Develop a TSC (Trusted Senior Colleague)
- Why I Am Dropping Out of Administration
- What They Say About You Behind Closed Doors
- The (Almost) Last Boomer in Graduate School
- Don't Be Hard to Get Along With
- Adventures in Visa Land
- Giving Up Full Custody
- My Lab Makes Me Sick
- Publish a Book, Eat Cake
- It's the Little Things That Count in Teaching
- Sanctioning Silence in the Classroom
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
For administrators, the summer months aren't much of a vacation.
- It's Not What You Say; It's What Google Says
- The Politics of Academic Space
- 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
What is the difference between an effective dean and a mediocre one?
- Off-List References
- Preparing for Your 'Without Cause' Termination
- Top 10 Mistakes in Recruiting Administrators
- 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
What to try when confronted with a room full of sulky students.
- Can He Hear What You Hear?
- Mean and Green in Academe
- Taming the Complainers
- A Dissertation on Pussy Riot?
- Martyr, Saint, or Mentor?
- Adjunct or Starving Artist?
- Students Without Borders
- 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?
A draconian new policy to curb cheating in application essays ignores the reality of how academe works.
- Enough With the 'Lifelong Learning' Already
- 'Yay Math!'
- The Lorax's Dilemma
- How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My Course
- How Do You Talk Shop When You're Shuttling Between Campuses?
- Cheating Lessons, Part 3
- Cheating Lessons, Part 2
- Cheating Lessons, Part 1
- What We Don't Talk About on the Admissions Tour
- 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'
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
It helps to have someone hold you responsible, in an unintrusive way, to your own writing goals.
- Should We Study Bad Writing?
- Held Hostage at a University Press
- On the Pleasure of Hating
- How to Write a Good Book Proposal, the Sequel
- My Little Bag of Writing Tricks
- Project Failure
- I Don't Write Enough Because ...
- Writing With Soul
- I'd Like to Thank the Academy
- 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'
A President's Fifth Year
A President's Fourth Year
The Two-Year Track
If anything, faculty members should be a bit more paranoid about social media.
- Why You Should Consider Community Colleges
- How the Job Search Differs at Community Colleges
- Making It Past the First Round
- A Different Set of Advice for Community-College Presidents
- Advice for New Community-College Presidents, Part 2
- Advice for New Community-College Presidents, Part 1
- Who Is Driving the Online Locomotive?
- Why You Can't Find a Full-Time Job, Part 2
- Why You Can't Find a Full-Time Job, Part 1
- Why Not a 2-Tier System?
- 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