A Sure Fire Way to Know What Your Boss Thinks About You

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Step 1 of the 1 Step Sure Fire Way to Know What Your Boss Thinks About You is….. ASK! Sounds ridiculous, right? But there are countless people who spending sleepless nights worrying …

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The Trouble With Girls in Lab

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

It’s been a tough few weeks for women in science. In a June column of Science entitled “Help! My Advisor Won’t Stop Looking Down My Shirt” contributor Dr …

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The First Days of a New Tenure-Track Faculty Job

The Edge for Scholars

This is the season when some lucky ones preparing for new jobs in the fall. A few people have asked me what to expect, so I imagine even more are …

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Cool Jobs

Rebecca Helton, MA

I stumbled across this article about a chemistry professor who did science advising for Breaking Bad.  That sounds like an awesome gig.  Does anyone have any stories about opportunities that …

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The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life

The Edge for Scholars

In 2003, at a party, I met this very cool guy. He was on the job market for faculty positions and had just gotten an offer from MIT Sloan. I was …

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Putting It All Together: Kevin C. Ess

Rebecca Helton, MA

On a recent Monday, Kevin Ess found himself in the operating room helping guide a brain resection procedure for one of his patients with epilepsy.  Earlier that day, he collected …

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How Saying No Helps Professors Find Their Focus

Rebecca Helton, MA

Productive professors use a variety of techniques to focus on what matters most. For many, blocking out large chunks of time for research, writing, and grant applications is key. That’…

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The Greatest Course You'll Ever Teach

Rebecca Helton, MA

What could I accomplish as an academic leader? Am I prepared for the role?  These questions confront each faculty member who considers becoming a director, chair or dean. Some may …

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Why Are Associate Professors So Unhappy?

Rebecca Helton, MA

Seven years after earning tenure at the College of Wooster, Judith C. Amburgey-Peters is still working a “nonstop, crazy schedule on 6,000 different things.” But she is not sure whether the 80 …

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Expectations for Trainee Publication Output

Rebecca Helton, MA

A question arrived about publication expectations for trainees at the blog mailbox recently. “I was wondering if you would consider a blog post and perhaps encouraging discussion on a related …

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