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Seven Steps to your First Article Submission to an Academic Journal

By |December 5th, 2016|

If you are on the brink of submitting your first article to an academic journal, congratulations! This is an exciting step in your career. In this post, I will go through the steps of submitting your first article.Find a suitable journal. This is the most important step and one you ...read more

Seven Strategies for Success On The Tenure-Track

By |November 19th, 2016|

Securing a tenure-track position in this academic market is difficult. Of course, once you have such a position, the trials are not over, as you now have to work to achieve tenure. And the very thought of working towards tenure can be overwhelming. However, I encourage tenure-track faculty members ...read more

Doing Service Work on Purpose as a Full Professor

By |October 21st, 2016|

Everyone says that when you are promoted to Full Professor, the service burden increases dramatically. Having been promoted a few months ago, I can say that my service burden increased dramatically and immediately. This is not surprising give the research that shows that women put in an average of five ...read more

Unauthorized immigrants, global capitalism, and the potential of deferre…

By |September 29th, 2016|

Starting at 18:00, a video of Tanya Golash-Boza talking about her book DEPORTED at the Economic Policy Institute. ...read more

How to be a prolific academic writer

By |September 23rd, 2016|

I often hear academics worry they are not putting enough time into writing. But, how much is enough? For me, two hours of writing every weekday is more than enough time to be extremely productive.For the past ten years, I have written for two hours a day, five days a ...read more

How to Write an Effective Diversity Statement for a Faculty Job Application

By |September 1st, 2016|

Faculty job postings are increasingly asking for diversity statements, in addition to research and teaching statements. According to the University of California at San Diego website, “[t]he purpose of the [diversity] statement is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance ...read more

You and Your Chair: Buddying Up Or Staying Detached

By |May 11th, 2016|

This is a guest post by Noelle Sterne.Dissertation coach, editor, scholarly and mainstream writing consultant, author, and spiritual counselor, Noelle has published over 300 pieces in print and online venues. In her academic consulting practice, Noelle helps doctoral candidates wrestle their dissertations to completion. Based on her practice, she addresses ...read more

Writing a Literature Review: Six Steps to Get You from Start to Finish

By |February 4th, 2016|

As Get a Life, PhD is approaching two million (!!) page views, I am pulling out some of the "Greatest hits" from the archive. The post below is the most read post of all time on this blog, with over 125,000 views. I often share this post with my students ...read more

Ten Suggestions to Help You Choose Your Perfect Dissertation Topic

By |January 31st, 2016|

This is a guest post by Noelle Stern. Dissertation coach, editor, scholarly and mainstream writing consultant, author, and spiritual counselor, Noelle has published over 300 pieces in print and online venues. Her recently published handbook addresses graduate students' largely overlooked but equally important nonacademic difficulties: Challenges in Writing Your Dissertation: ...read more

10 Vital Financial Tips for New Faculty

By |January 13th, 2016|

This is a guest post by Inga Chira. Dr. Chira joined the faculty at California State University, Northridge in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Finance and Financial Planning. She has a Ph.D. in Finance from Florida Atlantic University and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Inga's research is mostly ...read more