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  • For Would-Be Academics, Now Is the Time to Get Serious About Plan B

    • Apr 21, 2020
    • L. Maren Wood

    Job candidates with the misfortune to be searching for tenure-track positions this year or next will need as many career options as they can get.

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    How to Manage the First-Round Executive Interview

    • Feb 5, 2021
    • Ryan Crawford

    The initial meeting of candidate and committee can be awkward and even misleading, but it doesn’t have to be.

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    The Job Season Without In-Person Interviews

    • Dec 8, 2020
    • Brian T. Edwards

    How a virtual search process can lead to better, more equitable hiring.

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    5 Don’ts in Writing Your DEI Statement

    • Nov 24, 2020
    • Manya Whitaker

    Search committees routinely ask candidates to submit a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Here’s what not to write.

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    Is a Timely Rejection Too Much to Ask? (Hint: It’s Not)

    • Nov 5, 2020
    • Andrew Cheng

    It’s demeaning to find out about the status of your faculty application from an academic-jobs wiki. When and why did departments normalize this?

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    It’s Time to Leave This Job. So Why Are You Still There?

    • Oct 21, 2020
    • Allison M. Vaillancourt

    A look at the pros and cons of jumping from an institution that appears to be a sinking ship, given all that is happening in higher-education land.

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    7 Tips on Applying for Faculty Openings at Community Colleges

    • Oct 12, 2020
    • Leigh Anne Shaw

    What job candidates need to know about seeking a teaching position at a two-year college.

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    What It’s Like to Start a Leadership Role in a Virtual World

    • Oct 1, 2020
    • Ryan Crawford and Melissa Fincher

    Covid-19 means this fall is unlike any other in academe, and so is the experience of settling into a new leadership position


    How to Make the Most of a Virtual Conference

    • Jul 14, 2020
    • Thomas J. Tobin

    Seven tips from a seasoned practitioner on how to select and get value out of your next online academic conference.

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    Does Pausing Your Administrative Career Mean It’s Over?

    • May 20, 2020
    • Margaret Farrar

    Offered a “graceful exit” and time to search for a new leadership job, a former dean made a different choice and wonders about the fallout.

  • How to Ace the Virtual Interview

    • Apr 22, 2020
    • Kim Brettschneider

    Nine tips for administrative job candidates on how to avoid the many minefields of interviewing by video from home.


    Stranded on the Academic Job Market This Year?

    • Apr 17, 2020
    • Karen Kelsky

    A look at what the Covid-19 crisis might mean for untenured faculty members on and off the tenure track, and for new and returning doctoral students.

  • What if Your Teaching Experience Is Not ‘on Brand’ for the Hiring College?

    • Jan 15, 2020
    • Karen Kelsky

    A common question from job candidates is how to cope with a major disconnect between the place where they earned a Ph.D. and the campuses that are hiring.

  • 4 Tips on Applying for Jobs Outside of Academe

    • Dec 11, 2019
    • Ben Dumbauld

    What’s most important on a Ph.D.’s application for a tenure-track job might be least important in applying for many nonacademic ones.

  • Should I Mention I’m From the Area?’

    • Dec 2, 2019
    • Karen Kelsky

    In applying to small liberal-arts colleges, your local ties may be worth bringing up in your application.


    The Community-College Application: 7 Ways to Improve Your Odds

    • Sep 25, 2019
    • Rob Jenkins

    Hint for candidates: Why should we seriously consider you when you haven't seriously considered us?


    Warning Signs That You and Your Campus Are a Bad Fit

    • Sep 19, 2019
    • Manya Whitaker

    Should you think about going back on the faculty job market?

  • 6 Tips to Improve Your Cover Letter

    • Sep 8, 2019
    • Leonard Cassuto

    Why write an application letter so dry that even you wouldn't want to read it?


    How to Give an Excellent STEM Job Talk

    • Aug 28, 2019
    • Russ E. Carpenter and R. Parrish Waters

    For graduate students going on the faculty market, the job talk is where you can really shine — or very publicly fail.