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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PLoS One and Stupid CV Tricks

Rebecca Helton, MA

More is better, yes, when it comes to publications. But beyond that, that you should have some idea of the expectations for your field. Especially when it comes to first-author …

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Labor Unions for students, postdocs and research track faculty

Ann, PhD, MS

While I deeply understand the desire for job security for postdoctoral fellows and non-tenure track faculty, I do not feel that unions are the way to go.  The best job …

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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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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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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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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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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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I'm the Problem: My Generation's Addiction to Bibliometrics

The Edge for Scholars

Publication-based measures of scientific impact provide little of value to the research community. Despite assertions that bibliometrics can improve the evaluation of scientists and their establishments, we lack a qualitative …

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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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