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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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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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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Overheard at Ground Level: Fresh Brewed Mentoring

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Collected pearls from office hours with senior mentors and leaders.

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Academic Social Media Tangles: The Evolving Tale of Jennifer Berdahl

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

An interesting thing is happening to our northern neighbors. Several prominent academics have been asked by their universities to “ix-nay on the talky-say about work-hey”. Academics are built to gather …

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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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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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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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Rock Talk: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Rebecca Helton, MA

“This certainly has been a tough year for the research community supported by NIH. We started off the year on a continuing resolution with the threat of sequester looming. In …

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