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15 August 2017

Five items for Fall Semester 2017

Here are five topics on the minds of faculty as we gear up for the start of the Fall 2017 semester. What direction will you go with these issues?


14 August 2015

Advice to new faculty, Fall 2015

This post provides some advice and resources for faculty that are just starting out in a new position. Certainly pay careful attention to the advice given to you on your campus, but here are some other ideas and strategies to think about!


24 January 2012

Graduate School Advice: Part 3 – Staying Sane and Happy

Grad school can be an emotional rollercoaster, and there are a lot of cultural forces at work in academia that don’t have grad students’ happiness and mental health as a high priority. Still, it is possible to get through graduate school while minimizing the low points, and I think things are generally getting better in the academic culture (though there is always room for improvement). This is a huge topic, so I’m going to focus on several particular sub-topics: Impostor syndrome, doubt, and guilt (a.k.a. work-life balance).


11 January 2012

Graduate School Advice: Part 2 – Qualifying Exams

You’ve probably heard of the dreaded Qualifying Exam, but what is it like? Well, it varies a lot from school to school and between disciplines, but I can tell you what ours was like in Astronomy at Cornell. The qualifying exam (or “Q-exam”) was split into two parts for us. The first part is a written test at the end of the first year, taken along with the other first …


6 January 2012

Graduate School Advice: Part 1 – Classes and Teaching

To follow up on my last post about my science resolutions for the new year, based on lessons learned during grad school, I thought it might be worth posting more generally some advice based on my graduate school experience. ¬†As I jotted down notes on what bits of advice I might want to share, it rapidly became clear that it was too much for a single post. So, consider this …


4 January 2012

Science Resolutions -or- Grad School Lessons Learned

Now that I have finished graduate school and am an older, wiser “post-doctoral fellow”, I was planning to put together a post containing advice on grad school. But then as I thought about it, I realized that the bulk of my advice fell into the “do as I say, not as I do” category. That, combined with the new year and accompanying new job, led me to re-tool my advice …