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What is Engaged Scholarship and How Can it Improve your Research?

Posted: January 4, 2022
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What is a "Fully Funded" Doctoral Program?

Posted: October 23, 2021
I hear people using the term “fully funded” in relation to doctoral programs. As in, “I was accepted into a PhD program with full funding!” What this means in practice, though...

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13 things I wish someone had told me when I was an early career scholar

Posted: October 22, 2021
I’m in my 21st year as a professor at a research-intensive public university in the U.S. Despite the fact that I have decades of experience inside academia, knowledge about “how things...

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Sift and Winnow....and a Few Other Steps

Posted: March 6, 2021
 “Sifting and winnowing,” a phrase originating from a university committee’s defense of a late 19th century professor who held views at odds with a key state political figure (...

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Making the Clouds Part

Posted: March 6, 2021
Not too long ago, when my kids were 6 and 11, I recall a conversation we had about their interest in possible careers when they grow up.  My youngest was intent on becoming an NBA star, while my...

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The Academic Value Chain Starts with Professors

Posted: March 6, 2021
Wikipedia tells us that a “value chain is a set of activities that a firm operating in a specific industry performs in order to deliver a valuable product or service for the market....

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Revisiting the Lost Opportunity

Posted: March 6, 2021
I remember the first time I submitted a research paper to a peer-reviewed journal. It was in 1998, at the tail end of my doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. I had worked over the...

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Metricize Me!

Posted: March 6, 2021
Academia is in the middle of a quantification revolution.  If you are a professor or academic researcher, you have, by now, undoubtedly encountered any number of web platforms that offer...

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On Academic Bullying

Posted: December 19, 2020
"WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?” he yelled at me over the phone. I was standing in an airport with a luggage bag weighing down my shoulder, as indecipherable loudspeaker announcements...

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Can We Reverse the Adjunctification Trend?

Posted: December 19, 2020
In the U.S. higher education arena, we have now reached a point where over half of faculty appointments are part-time, and 70% are contingent (i.e., on a non-tenure track), compared to under 50% four...