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How to Get a Job in Academia

 The process leading up to your first faculty job is almost guaranteed to be a nerve-racking ordeal. Many applicants don't know how to make a good first impression. It is common--and reasonable--to question whether you have the right set of skills and credentials for a particular faculty job. ...




how to get promoted in academia

Develop a long-term planIt is possible to achieve promotion from one academic grade to the next by delivering stellar performance in one specific domain, but this is not what happens for most people. Mythical tales of instant promotion for some gigantic research grant or one highly cited paper are often spurious. ...




Knowing the difference between adjunct and full-time professor

If you’re thinking of becoming an instructor at a college or university, it’s crucial to weigh your options first. You could become a professor right off the bat, but you may also consider becoming an adjunct professor. There are a few differences between the two, but they’re significant enough to think about which job would suit you best. ...




The Intangible Qualities Higher Ed Employers Look For

Right now I am working on several very senior administrative searches.  I hear hiring managers say they need to hire someone who can handle “organizational ambiguity” and/or have “emotional intelligence”. Just today a manager said he had to hire someone who could maintain a sense of humor even in “the darkest hours”. ...




As Community Colleges ‘Have Their Moment,’ Leaders Face Tough Challenges

Steve Moore didn’t expect to go back to college. He dropped out long ago, when he was a “20-year-old-hot-head” and landed a lucrative job at a friend’s start-up. At the time he figured he didn’t need college. Now he’s 29, but that company shut down, and he’s unexpectedly out of work. ...




Confessions of an Ex-Lecturer

When this semester started, I spent the first two weeks tracking down students — via email and other methods — so that I could invite them to use the digital tools I’ve assigned for my online survey course on U.S. history. I could have just sent emails to their university accounts but, in my experience, most students hardly ever check their campus email. ...




Gender in the Job Interview

As women move up the leadership ranks in higher education, they find fewer and fewer female peers. That’s been fairly well documented by the American Council on Education and other sources, and is no surprise to those of us in the executive-search industry. ...




Preparing to apply for higher education employment opportunities

Many people get discouraged when they hear the words “job” and “education” in the same sentence nowadays.  Though it certainly isn’t a walk in the park to acquire a job at higher education institutions, it is simpler than you think to be potentially qualified for a professor or advisor job. ...




Breaking Into Textbook Publishing: The Field is More Level Than You Think

Academic publishing. One might think the entire system has broken down. The Internet is filled with articles and Weblogs (blogs) that bemoan the fact that quality scholarship often goes unpublished. With 44,000-plus newly-minted Ph.D.s each year, many of whom invade campuses to try to climb the tenure ladder, the competition to have one’s work published is fierce. ...




Is There A Place For Open-Source Textbooks In Higher Education?

For decades, a leading complaint among college students has been the price of textbooks. If they purchase all of their required books brand new, the bill each full-time semester generally hovers somewhere around $500-600, or roughly $80 to $100 for each required book given a course load of four or five classes. ...