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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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