When you are looking for an academic job it is hard to imagine that you could get one and be unhappy, even miserable. And yet, I've met unhappy academics. Sometimes you're just overwhelmed. It seems like there is so much to do that there will never be enough hours in the day to do it. You try, … [Read more...] about What’s YOUR ideal academic job?
A research statement is a common component of the academic job application. The purpose of this document is to give the hiring committee a sense of what you will be doing if they hire you so they can see how that fits into the department and institution as a whole. The research statement is like … [Read more...] about Writing a research statement
While helping a client with her application for promotion, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a senior colleague when I applied for a promotion many years ago. The promotion committee will be looking for a trajectory in your research. I checked the guidelines for promotion from my … [Read more...] about Applying for promotion: Research Trajectory
Are there things you'd really love to be doing but aren't? It could be anything: spending more time with your kids writing something different from what you've been writing using your research to serve the needs of some community ... You are probably telling yourself some story … [Read more...] about What are you waiting for?
I originally published this post in November 2010 and reran it in November 2011. It's that time of year. No matter what you celebrate (if anything) you are going to be invited to parties. Many of these parties will involve talking to people you don't know very well -- the husband of your … [Read more...] about Reruns: Holiday Parties: turning dread into opportunity