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    How to Read a Faculty Job Ad

    • Aug 19, 2019

    A primer on the jargon of the academic-job market, aimed at early-career scholars preparing for their first search.

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    Is It Crossing a Line for a Search Consultant to Counsel a Job Candidate?

    • Aug 16, 2019
    • Dennis M. Barden

    As “headhunters,” we may be able to clarify things for you about an executive search, but we’re not going to coach you.

  • 8 Tips to Improve Your CV

    • Jul 21, 2019
    • Leonard Cassuto

    It’s not just a written record of your credentials. It’s an argument in favor of you. Draft it with that in mind.

  • Is a Renewable Faculty Job Ever Better Than One on the Tenure Track?

    • Jul 8, 2019
    • Karen Kelsky

    Sometimes the financial health of your institution can matter more than whether your position allows you to seek tenure.

  • 5 Big-Picture Mistakes New Ph.D.s Make on the Job Market

    • May 21, 2019
    • Karen Kelsky

    All sorts of magical thinking can distort the realities of the tenure-track job hunt.

  • Ambivalence About Midcareer Moves

    • Apr 17, 2019
    • Karen Kelsky

    For many professors, the possibility of changing departments triggers uncertainties that are not always easy or possible to resolve.

  • Why You Should Negotiate Every Job Offer

    • Mar 25, 2019
    • Karen Kelsky

    Ask your potential department for what you deserve (within reason), whether or not you have the leverage of a second job offer.

  • Should I Admit I’m Not Submitting What They Asked For?

    • Jan 8, 2019
    • Karen Kelsky

    You don’t want the search committee to think you sound like a panicked undergraduate trying to explain why a paper is late.

  • The First-Round Interview Versus the Campus Visit

    • Nov 13, 2018
    • Karen Kelsky

    You’ve already interviewed with the whole search committee in Round 1. Why do you have to repeat that exercise in Round 2?

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    Reputation Management in an Era of Too Much Information

    • Oct 29, 2018
    • Ann Yates

    For academic leaders — especially during a job search — transparency and honesty about your career must rule the day.

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    Administration Was a Definite No, Until it Became a Yes

    • Oct 28, 2018
    • Terry McGlynn

    A professor who had always resisted the call takes his first steps on the administrative path.

  • How to Lower the Stakes of the Job-Interview Dinner

    • Oct 22, 2018
    • Jonathan Malesic

    When hiring committees take job candidates out to eat, cultural anxiety is often on the table, too.


    In a First-Round Interview for a Leadership Post, Make Sure You Show the Love

    • Aug 29, 2018
    • Zachary A. Smith

    If it seems as if you’re just kicking the tires, your candidacy will fall flat.

  • Your CV Should Inform; Your Cover Letter Should Persuade

    • Jul 12, 2018
    • Karen Kelsky

    A CV and a cover letter are not just redundant vehicles for the same information.

  • What Actually Happens After the Interviews Are Over? And Who Decides?

    • Jun 26, 2018

    Here’s why you should always assume that everyone you meet on a campus visit may have a say in who gets the job.

  • Should You Reach Out to Potential Colleagues Before the Campus Interview?

    • Jun 5, 2018
    • Karen Kelsky

    Calling or emailing ahead of time might seem like a good way to get information about the place, but it’s more than a little risky.

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    Are You Sure You Want That Interim Job?

    • May 14, 2018
    • Allison M. Vaillancourt

    A temporary leadership gig can elevate your career prospects, or sink them entirely.

  • Is Texting During a Job Interview Now Acceptable?

    • Apr 9, 2018

    In a campus visit, you are assessed on your adherence to social scripts expected of you in that setting.

  • Should I Turn Down a Tenure-Track Position?

    • Mar 28, 2018
    • Karen Kelsky

    A job candidate wonders how to decide which of two offers to accept when both have drawbacks.

  • Candidacies Killed by a Typo

    • Mar 19, 2018
    • Dennis Barden

    Instead of being a deal breaker, a mistake on a cover letter should be a chance to build trust on the search committee.