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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. ...




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”. ...