How to Interview the Hell Out of Academic Job Candidates

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

One of my favorite parts of being a faculty member is interviewing students, fellows and future faculty members. For reasons that elude my tiny Fighty Squirrel brain, folks think if …

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Our Obsession with Tenure

Inga Chira, PhD, CFP®

Chasing tenure translates into a life people outside the academic do not understand. I am often amazed by the importance professors place on their tenure above their families, their sanity, …

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Do Life

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

I despise the term “work-life balance.” The semantics evoke work and life as opposing forces locked in conflict – the bobbing bar of a doomed tightrope walker, a teeter-totter whose fulcrum …

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Save Your Sanity the Stanford Way

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

“A lot of times you feel that work doesn’t care about you. ‘I’m just doing the grind, and what for? I’m missing out on my family and …

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Captain Your Own Ship

Motivated Mentor

Mentors don't choose for you. Mentors are not your personal decider-on-call. Mentors are not the captain of you ship. You are.

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Scientists Planning Protest March on Washington

McL Neuro

Not even a week into the job, Trump has brought the ire of scientists with gag orders.

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Nine New Year's Resolutions for Academics

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Think, write, teach, discover and read. These are the things we love and why we joined this great profession, but so many things are in your way and killing your …

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Live Beneath Your Means

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

“I don’t want to miss the details of the resurrection. You always said becoming a division head would happen over your dead body, what gives?” After some warm-up, the …

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The 125 Hour Work Week

The Edge for Scholars

Recently, if you listened hard enough, you could hear the collective sob of well-read junior scientists as Science Careers posted a commentary from Eleftherios P. Diamandis. Dr. Diamandis attributed his …

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Know the Vital Players in Your Career: Tenure-Track Peers

The Edge for Scholars

An assistant professor in the social sciences once described a group of tenure-track colleagues in his department as “the lamenting society.” Once a week they met for lunch to complain …

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