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
Online learning can be compatible with small-college values. Here’s how.
- 'Tension City' and the Campus Interview
- Where Have All the Ph.D.’s Gone?
- 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
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
The semester was over, but the adjunct instructor wasn’t done working, just done being paid.
- A Letter to Full-Time Faculty Members
- Love in the Time of Adjuncting
- Why I'm Cutting Back My Teaching
- The View From Both Sides of the Track
- 10 Ways to Get Yourself Fired
- Dodgy Definitions of Merit
- An Adjunct's View
- Why Don't We Insist on Equity?
- Academe's House Rules
Enjoy your comfort reading. Just don’t call it scholarship.
- The Chinese Mother's American Dream
- A Hockey Mom Seeks Tenure
- Coming Out as Academic Mothers
- Breastfeeding on the Job Market
- As California Goes, So Goes the Nation?
- The Baby Penalty
- 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
Beyond the Ivory Tower
The question is not whether IT work is suitable, but what kind of IT work is suitable.
- 'So What Are You Going to Do With That?'
- Finding Meaning After Academe
- The Ph.D.'s Guide to a Nonfaculty Job Search
- 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
You’ve successfully defended — but you’re not done yet.
- The Completion Agenda, Part 2: The Best Defense
- The Completion Agenda, Part 1
- Don't Fear Fund Raising, Part 5
- Avoiding PTDS: Post-Tenure Depression Syndrome
- Don't Fear Fund Raising, Part 4
- Dignity in Retirement Is Not Too Much to Ask
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Your Own Actions
- Don't Fear Fund Raising, Part 3
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: You
- Don't Fear Fund Raising, Part 2
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Tenure-Track Peers
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: External Reviewers
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Senior Administrators
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: The Tenured Factions
You’ve been through several rounds of the academic hiring cycle. Is it time to move on?
- Hedging Your Bets
- A Guide to Campus Interviews
- Using Your Last Two (or More) Years Wisely
- You Don't Have to Love Your Job
- 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?
Formal policies on information storage are finally beginning to emerge from federal grant agencies.
- 'Good' Hard vs. 'Bad' Hard
- To Tenure or Not to Tenure?
- My Continuing Administrative Adventure
- First Impressions Via Email
- 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
Late Again? A faculty member wondered why her students were always late. So she asked them.
- The Art of the Rejection Letter
- Final Exams or Epic Finales
- Have I Become an Educated Rita?
- Next Time With Dignity
- Losing Faith in Religious Higher Education
- Coping With Verbal Abuse
- When Two Heads Really Are Better Than One
- L'Affaire LaCour
- You Might Not Be Ready for Promotion
- How to Advocate for the Liberal Arts: the State-University Edition
- Colleagues as Guinea Pigs
- Learning the Ways of the Force
- Envious? Who, Me?
- Career Advice From an Oldish Not-Quite Geezer
- Tech Woes at Small Colleges
- Skip the Department Meeting
- A Medievalist on Savage Love
- The Commencement Minefield
- Underprepared for the Profession
- Stop Withholding Basic Information
- Why I Love Academic Conferences
- What Graduate Advisers Can Do to Help
- Stop the Resource Bombing
- Citations, Divorce, and Name Changes
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
Why an endlessly specialized, unsequenced mix of graduate courses doesn’t work.
- Time From Degree
- An Open Letter to Journal Editors
- Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching?
- How Should Graduate School Change?
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
Neither approach is fully suited for higher education.
- Public, Private, or Hybrid?
- Inside a Presidential Search
- Recognizing and Rewarding Presidential Spouses
- The Lonely Decision
- A Tale of 2 Deans
- 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
Spend at least part of your summer reading about fictional campus life.
- Culture Is No Excuse
- Why Wasn't I Invited?
- Why Didn't They Pick Me?
- Help! My Boss Is a Control Freak
- Who Are You Trying to Impress?
- They Say I'll Never Get a Job
- Jumping Ship From a Dismal Department
- Can 4 People Run the Whole Shebang?
- Writing Academic Novels for Fun and (Little) Profit
- My Boss Is Ungrammatical
- Can You Transcend a Bad Class?
- 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
You mean I can do something to spark discussion other than just ask good questions?
- Smart Praise for Students
- Cheating Inadvertently
- The 3 Essential Functions of Your Syllabus, Part 2
- The 3 Essential Functions of Your Syllabus, Part 1
- Waiting for Us to Notice Them
- Educating Minds Online
- Is Practice Overrated?
- Stop Blaming Students for Your Listless Classroom
- How Students Learn From Games
- Being Nehru for 2 Days
- Top 10 Books on Teaching
- Getting Beyond Brain Games
- Revision and the Rhodes
- 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
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
Good copy editors can save us from ourselves.
- Scholars Talk Writing: Anthony Grafton
- How to Talk to a Writer
- The Challenges of Writing 'I'
- Presenting Without a Net
- Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Writers
- 'It's Really Good, but ...'
- The Habits of Highly Productive Writers
- Write a Book and Become an Employee of Your Former Self
- Now I'm a Needy Author
- Things You Should Know Before Publishing a Book
- What Writing and Running Have in Common
- The Minimal Value of the Personal Statement
- The Gift of Accountability
- Should We Study Bad Writing?
A President's Fifth Year
A President's Fourth Year
The Two-Year Track
Those of us with M.A.s mostly got the degree we wanted.
- Conquering Mountains of Essays
- Retention in the Trenches
- The 7 Fundamental Conditions of Learning
- The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers
- The 'Middle of the End' for Community Colleges?
- Writing With a Heavy Teaching Load
- Straight Talk About 'Adjunctification'
- Different Rules Doesn't Mean No Rules
- The Completion Conundrum
- Too Many Poor Leaders
- Money, Mission Creep, and Other Nagging Problems
- The Good That Community Colleges Do, Part 2
- We Have to Protect Ourselves
- 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