From Advisee to Peer

The Edge for Scholars

Question: A friend of mine and I were talking today about what it’s like to be newly minted Ph.D.’s, working on our first jobs. We became more …

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Midcareer Mentoring

Rebecca Helton, MA

Much has been written about how much time an assistant professor should spend on “service” work and what types of service might be important for career advancement, as opposed to …

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On Motivation

Rebecca Helton, MA

Consider that according to a Gallup study only 29% of people in the U.S. are fully engaged in the work that we do. The personal and organizational impact of this …

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Nature: The Plight of Young Scientists

Rebecca Helton, MA

A recent news feature in Nature highlighted challenges facing early career scientists, from pressure to publish to shrinking funding and the increasing length of time before reaching research independence. Early …

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Bad News About Your Right to Privacy, Faculty

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

So, you finally got your big kid job and now you’re all settled into with snazzy new computer, you’ve got voice mail that pops up and records your …

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Unmanaged Time

The Edge for Scholars

Ever feel like most time management advice is, well, crap?  So do Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, authors of a recent article in the Chronicle with the provocative title “…

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Take a Quick Peek at Your University's Financial Outlook Here

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Contrary to popular opinion, universities are not run by Chancellor’s sitting on a giant stack of gold coins Scrooge McDuck style. Your university takes out loans to build infrastructure, …

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Doing Better in Academics in Your 40's: You'll Need an Eye Exam for That

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Not long ago, the Fighty Squirrel noticed that as her days wound down, she was struggling to read. Over the course of thirty minutes at the very end of the …

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Titles as a Sign You're Doing It Wrong? A(nother) Weird Conversation via Fighty Squirrel

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

This Fighty Squirrel recently had occasion to talk to a small group of spunky professionals who knew nothing of science and academics. These folks had the task of stepping into …

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Exercising Your Professional Brand at Conference Interviews

Rebecca Helton, MA

At Vanderbilt, we’ve been doing a lot with professional branding lately.  What you wear, what you do, and how you speak, sit, and walk all say things about you …

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