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Six Steps to Landing Your First Teaching Job

The economy is tough, but jobs are out there. Here’s how to find them and make yourself a stand-out candidate.
You’re so close to beginning your teaching career, you can already feel the chalk dust on your fingers. 
On track to graduate? Check. ...




Soft Skills That Absolutely Must be on Your CV When you Work in Education

Thinking about everything that needs to be on your CV, whilst also making sure you don’t overload it with everything you’ve ever done, can be a tricky balance. It’s important to make sure it is written with a role in mind so that you can tailor it to include all the skills and experience relevant to that role and that role only. ...




How I Successfully Transitioned to a New Career

When I decided to change careers more than five years ago, I was plagued with reservations and self-doubts, and even feelings of disloyalty. While I expected this, I didn’t anticipate just how scary this phase of my life would be. I now count that time as valuable experience and rely on it every time I coach alumni through a job or career transition. ...




How I Got My Groove Back After Getting Tenure

Eight years ago, I suffered a long-term bout of post-tenure blues. I was pretty sick of myself as both a researcher and a teacher, and I lacked enthusiasm for any part of my job. I wrote about my melancholy on my now-defunct academic blog, which helped, especially since I received useful suggestions from readers. ...




Do College and University Rankings Inhibit the Drive for Racial Diversity?

A study led by two researchers in the School of Public Affairs & Administration at the University of Kansas finds that college ranking systems can have an impact in inhibiting diversity at the nation’s top colleges and universities.The authors say that the rankings tend to produce conformity, with lower-ranked educational institutions trying to emulate their higher-ranked peers. ...




The Cost of an Adjunct

The plight of non-tenured professors is widely known, but what about the impact they have on the students they’re hired to instruct?
Imagine meeting your English professor by the trunk of her car for office hours, where she doles out information like a taco vendor in a food truck. ...




Lack of class diversity pervades history of higher education

The story of higher education in the United States is one of rapid rise and steady fall, with the only unchanging variable being the persistence of class inequality.Even with the explosion in college attendance post–World War II — aided in part by the GI Bill of Rights, which granted veterans benefits that included tuition payments — access for low-income students has been consistently low while significant ground was gained in gender and ethnic diversity. ...




Report Shows Increase in Faculty Diversity Over Past Ten Years

The proportion of Harvard’s tenured faculty who are women or people of color jumped from 30.8 percent to 39.2 percent over the past decade, according to the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity’s annual report.The report, released on Monday, provides demographic statistics for each of Harvard’s schools and the four divisions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. ...




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. ...