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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Cash-Strapped NIH May Ask Universities to Limit Grant Applications

Rebecca Helton, MA

At a time of dwindling federal budgets, the National Institutes of Health is considering one sure-fire way to raise record-low grant-approval rates: Have researchers apply for fewer grants. From the …

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7 Time-Management Tricks from Chris Hardwick, Man of 1,000 TV Shows

Rebecca Helton, MA

From Fast Company.  Do any of these seem helpful to you?  Surprising, or more common sense than anything else? (Speaking of going down internet rabbit holes, be warned that this …

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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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Why Are Associate Professors So Unhappy?

Rebecca Helton, MA

Seven years after earning tenure at the College of Wooster, Judith C. Amburgey-Peters is still working a “nonstop, crazy schedule on 6,000 different things.” But she is not sure whether the 80 …

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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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Why Aren't You Delegating?

Rebecca Helton, MA

You have way too much to do, you’re buried in work, and it seems there’s no way out from under it all. But there is: delegation. Yes, yes, …

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Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online

Rebecca Helton, MA

I recently ran a workshop for students in Northeastern University’s English Graduate Program on “Creating and Maintaining a Professional Presence Online.” This is an essential topic for scholars entering …

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What Would You Do If You Could Do Anything? Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele

Rebecca Helton, MA

“As scientists, we can be like kids playing in a sandbox,” says Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  “We’re building things, trying to understand how things …

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Meetings Are a Skill You Can Master, and Steve Jobs Taught Me How

Rebecca Helton, MA

More brains don’t necessarily lead to better ideas. When it came to leading meetings, Jobs had no qualms about tossing the least necessary person out of the room. From …

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