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
If you can’t support adjuncts out of fairness, then support us out of pure self-interest.
- 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
- Sticks and Stones, or Titles and Truth?
What happens when two highly driven women in academe decide to have children?
- 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
- The Three-Body Problem
- E-Mail: the Third Shift
- Women, Tenure, and the Law
Beyond the Ivory Tower
It turns out you can no longer do what you love. Now what?
- 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
- From Ph.D. to Self-Employed Consultant
- And if You Just Don't Go?
Why are the years after academics have "made it" so gloomy for so many?
- 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
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: The Head of the Tenure Committee
- Know the Vital Players in Your Career: The Chair
- Week One on the New Job
- The Good Hello
What you need to practice (repeatedly) to make a good impression in a campus interview.
- 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?
- Writing Samples and Teaching Statements
- The CV Doctor Returns - 2010
Which type of research challenges are you experiencing?
- 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
- The A to Z of Dual-Career Couples
This is how an opportunity to hire a tenure-track faculty member went awry.
- Advice for Next Year's Chair
- Let's Give Service a Real Role
- Where the Money Is (Not) At
- From Grad School to 'The Atlantic'
- 7 Hazards of the Campus Interview
- 13 Years an Archduke
- Writing a Preproposal: Leave Them Wanting More
- Immigrant Song
- The Lessons of Failure
- Presidents and Public Engagement
- A Foot in the Door at a Small Liberal-Arts College
- Simplify the Application Process
- What's a 'Work for Hire' and Why Should You Care?
- Digital Natives Like a Good Lecture, Too
- Teachers Who Seem Busier Than They Are
- Finishing a Humanities Dissertation in Six Years (or Less)
- No Longer 'Falling Off the Cliff'
- Confessions of a Young, Prolific Academic
- Losing My Career to Illness
- Staying Small and Getting Large
- Town and Gown: What Great Cities Can Teach Higher Education
- A Response to 'An Open Letter to Journal Editors'
- Fictionalizing Your Scholarship
- On Yoga and Teaching Writing
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
It’s not just taking too long to earn a Ph.D. It’s taking too long to put it to work.
- An Open Letter to Journal Editors
- Can We Create a Culture That Values Good Teaching?
- How Should Graduate School Change?
- What's Your Teaching Philosophy?
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
A new program head frets about his exclusion from a department meeting.
- 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
- My Boss Thinks He's Napoleon
- Academic Party Games
Your syllabus is more than a contract with your students.
- 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
- 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
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's hard to avoid intertwining your work with notions of your value as a person.
- '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?
- 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
A President's Fifth Year
A President's Fourth Year
The Two-Year Track
Turning our two-year colleges into regional four-year institutions is a dangerous trend.
- 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
- 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