Why lactation rooms matter

An important and timely blog post by Carrie Glenny at the University of Washington was published this week about the necessity of available lactation rooms at workplaces.  New mothers that choose to breastfeed need to pump milk every few hours, and this can be very hard to do in workplaces without private offices.  Take a …

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Lifelong tenure

Good evening, everyone. Let me add my sincere congratulations to those you’ve already heard tonight. Tenure at a great research university is a milestone in the life of a scholar. I hope you will take some time to reflect and to enjoy. In psychology there is a well-known phenomenon called the Hedonic Treadmill. Individuals who …

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Just Distribution

One of the most enjoyable parts of academic leadership is the chance to give people good news: they will be receiving the conference invitation, increased salary, or research grant they have requested.  But since invitations, raise dollars, and grant funds tend to be limited commodities, hard choices have usually preceded the happy announcement. Designing a …

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When All Else Fails

In one of the worst academic job markets in history, many of us have been compelled to rethink our plans for the next year. Instead of starting that shiny new job, we are facing yet another year of being a grad student. If you’re in this position, know that you are not alone. There are …

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How to Lead as a Follower

  I know there’s always a lot of talk about leadership. But I’ve always been enamored with people who seem to be great followers. And I’m not talking about the folks who just say “Yes, sir” and “Yes, m’am” to their boss at every turn. I’m talking about the middle-management employees, young professionals, and the …

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An Introduction to Linked Open Data

If you’ve done any digital work—and who isn’t doing digital these days—then you’ve probably heard the term “linked open data” tossed around. “Open data,” as defined by Open Data Institute, is primary data that is freely available for others to use and share that is structured in a standard format that plays well with other file …

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Behance: A Creative Portfolio Site

“Take creative control,” says the About page on Behance.net. There is a disconnect between creative individuals and the employers that seek their talent. Part of the Adobe family, Behance is an innovative site utilized by creative professionals that aims to not only help construct their portfolios, but also to showcase their work for employers. When …

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How *does* she do it?!

Make fun of me all you want, but my little black book (a.k.a, my agenda—don’t get too excited now) is my best friend. In the age of technology, I’m still attached to paper and prefer the tactile sense of writing my to-do lists. Nothing feels quite as good to me as physically striking off a …

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Pain’s Preparation

The most successful people typically have their greatest impact where they have experienced the most personal pain. In The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner (portrayed by Will Smith) struggles with homelessness for nearly a year while trying to raise his toddler-aged son on meager wages before eventually creating his own brokerage firm and becoming a self-made …

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Negotiation Tips for New Chairs

In a previous column I addressed the issues facing candidates who are negotiating their first faculty positions. The recent controversy over a job offer that was retracted when the candidate attempted to negotiate reminded me that the person sitting on the administrator’s side of the table may also be new to the process. This article advises new administrators on …

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10 Steps to Interview with Confidence

Excited, confident, optimistic, stressed out, anxious, terrified… How you feel going into your job interview greatly depends on your preparation. Put yourself in the best position possible with the following tips culled from my experience with both Skype and in-person interviews, as well as advice I gathered during my own preparation. For more on phone/Skype …

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So… how’d your interview go?

March 5th-7th, 2014, I had the pleasure to participate in the CIRTL (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning) Network Exchange program as a former Future Academic Scholars in Teaching (FAST) Fellow at Michigan State University. I traveled down to The University of Georgia (UGA) to give presentations on both my Teaching-As-Research (TAR) …

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Lessons from the Maker Movement

Making things is fun. The Maker movement, as it’s commonly known, is centered on the idea that when it comes to technology especially, it’s better and more fun to do-it-yourself than rely on off-the-shelf products. Here on GradHacker, we’ve discussed different ways we’ve gone about doing this to varying degrees. It’s true that GradHackers as …

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Going Alt-Ac: How to Begin

Maybe you have become disenchanted with academia and/or the academic job search, or you have recently discovered the numerous possibilities outside of the university. Perhaps you have known from the beginning that a different path calls to you, or maybe you’re just curious. Whatever the case may be, read on for tips and suggestions for …

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STEM pays

Peak annual earnings for engineering graduates were even higher at $98k. Source: How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment: A Report on Earnings and Long-Term Career Paths. When I was a new faculty member at Oregon I was told with great earnestness by our President (a JD with limited understanding of STEM or …

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Tech Skills Ruled 2013

As the presence of companies grows online, they are constantly looking for web developers with the skills to get the job done. Although preference in development software varies, there was a significant spike in searches for a particular set of skills. According to Stack Overflow’s statistics, a culmination of frequently searched keywords by companies to …

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Why Blog?

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to participate in a wonderful session at the Society for American Archaeology organized and chaired by Colleen Morgan, everyone’s favorite archaeology blogger. In addition to being one of the first times that archaeologists got together at a conference and talked about blogging as a valid medium for …

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