Professional Development

Who Should We Write For?
By Phil Hamilton on April 14, 2010

I realize that not all monographs can or should be geared toward the general public.  We, as academics, are not simply popularisers of ideas and information.  But it seems to me that too few scholars ever try to reach a larger audience, which is unfortunate.

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Tenure: Assessing the Quality of a Candidate
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on March 31, 2010

One of the greatest concerns for junior faculty is the acquisition of tenure.  Most American universities characterize tenure in terms of three vital components: teaching, scholarship, and service.  While these components are clearly distinguishable, it is important for tenure candidates to consider them as a whole, not as fragmented and mutually exclusive aspects of faculty life.

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The Rested Teacher or the Superficial Teacher
By RJ Snell on March 23, 2010

In the wonderful book, The Geography of Good and Evil, Andreas Kinneging suggests that "the intellectual professions can perform their duties to society well only if they have the leisure to break through he daily deluge of facts and ask themselves the fundamental questions about the human condition."

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Strategies for Writing and Scholarship
By Gabriel Martinez on March 22, 2010

There’s some research (and dissertation-writing advice) that suggests that “writing first” is a key to a prolific writing career. Are there other strategies for mastering the literary way of life?

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The Job Application Process: Some Common and New Mistakes
By Gerson Moreno-Riano on February 22, 2010

Several colleagues and I are in the process of interviewing candidates for positions in our department. The candidate pools are large and impressive—perhaps the most impressive I have ever seen. I have read profile after profile after profile and it never ceases to amaze me how job candidates structure their materials and present themselves. Here are some basic guidelines from the trenches:

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Is Tenure Still a Good Idea?
By Lee Trepanier on February 17, 2010

The recent shooting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville has raised the issues of workplace promotion and campus safety in the media, but what seems to be have neglected is whether tenure is still a relevant for today’s university.

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