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Vitae

The Vitae Bookshelf: Kelly J. Baker

Five books theorizing on monsters, horror, and culture.

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Vitae

Say Nothing or Say No?

Are women judged more harshly for saying no than their male colleagues?

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Advice

The ‘Joy’ of Pregnancy in Graduate School

Why was I so afraid, as a 28-year-old married A.B.D., of people finding out I was expecting a baby?

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Vitae

From Bench Science to Development Specialist

How a Ph.D. in physiology decided to pursue a fund-raising career for a scientific society.

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Vitae

The Professor Is In: How Should I Reintroduce Myself?

A Ph.D. wonders how to approach applying for her “dream job” at her undergraduate alma mater.

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Advice

I'm Not a Student, I Just Look Like One

Sometimes even a collared shirt and a briefcase are not enough to convince people that I belong here.

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Vitae

Why I'm Saying Goodbye to In-Class Tests

Because they force students with disabilities to ask for accommodation.

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Advice

Scholars Talk Writing: Jay Parini

"You have to write a lot to get better at writing," so "don’t stop."

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Vitae

When You Are the Weakest Link

It is always better to be the one who leaves voluntarily than the one whom everyone has to work around.

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Vitae

Failing to Dare Greatly

Is it only the tenured who have the freedom to take risks anymore in scholarly writing?

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Vitae

'Dear Forums ...': Should I Cut an Exceptional Student Some Slack?

Also in our weekly roundup of the best conversations from The Chronicle's discussion forums: backing out of a conference presentation; tips for chairs on writing faculty-assessment letters.

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Vitae

The Secret Life of the Doctoral Student

Graduate-school culture encourages students to keep their emotional and personal crises to themselves.

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Vitae

Lessons Learned by a First-Year Administrator

Are you considering making the leap from faculty to staff member?

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Advice

Why New Humanities Ph.D.s Should Leave the Country

For too long, the U.S. academic job market has compelled us to see our careers in black and white.

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Vitae

It Shouldn't End With an F

Those students you just failed? Give them a call.

 

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Vitae

The Many Obstacles to Research Travel

How often have you had to skip a scholarly conference because you couldn’t take time away from teaching?

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Vitae

Campus Visits for Newbies

If the interview process for a tenure-track job sounds grueling, that’s because it absolutely is.

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Advice

Defending Your Ignorance of Wonder Woman

People writing nonsense about my subject is an occupational hazard of studying pop culture.

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Vitae

We're All Failures

Seven scholars reflect on what they have learned from their many brushes with defeat.

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Vitae

The Contingent Faculty Retirement Crisis

Burdened by the debt of the past, struggling to survive in the present, contingent faculty members often cannot fathom saving for the future.