Grad school demands can be overwhelming and it can be challenging to get involved in department service opportunities. Here are some tips for how to select committee assignments and why service is so important.
What Are Work Plans, Why They Are Useful, and How to Create One
Learn how to craft a work plan for articles, books, and other projects. While work plans are helpful for fellowship and grant applications, they also provide great motivation to start the new year!
Navigating the “Two-Body Problem”: Strategies on Approaching the Job Market with an Academic Spouse
Going on the academic job market with a spouse who is also an academic? You will need to have patience, be flexible, and have a generous dose of self-worth in order to find a path to satisfying careers for both of you.
Small Acts of Storytelling: Why We Need More History
College students are taking fewer history classes than ever before. The consequences have implications not just for our collective knowledge about the past, but also for our ability to make sense of the present.
Teaching Writing Efficiently: Strategies for the Early-career Historian
By making writing a centerpiece of teaching history, time spent preparing for class functions in service of, rather than in competition with, one's own writing projects.
From an R1 to a SLAC: Notes from the First Year on the Tenure Track
For those of us trained as a historians in a Research I University (R1) graduate program who choose a career in a small liberal arts college (SLAC), the first year can be a culture shock. New faculty should expect to make significant adjustments.
A Short Guide to Publishing in Peer-Reviewed Journals
This short guide explains the importance of publishing in peer reviewed journals and gives tips on how best to do it.
Becoming a Twitterstorian: Social Media, Scholarly Communication, and Professional Practice
Defining your scholarly purpose helps you think through why you want to use social media platforms like Twitter. But, as with everything else, you also need to ask the other elemental questions – who, what, where, when, and how. Twitter, like any other piece of technology, is a tool that can be used strategically. Thinking through these questions helps frame your engagement in an intentional way, ensuring that your actions reflect your purpose.
Grad School Means Being Asked to Do A Lot With A Little: Tips for Time Management
Ever get that feeling that you have so many things on your to-do list that you can’t do well at any one of them? Grad school is riddled with these moments and, darn it, they are frustrating! Today alone you are probably juggling a host of demands and to-dos: read a book for seminar, review... Continue Reading →
Surviving Grad School: How to Read and Take Notes Efficiently
When I googled how to survive a graduate seminar, I found a zillion different websites with a zillion different opinions. I realized that I could spend my entire graduate career reading tips on how to survive graduate seminars and graduate school more broadly. And there would still be more to read out there! But here’s... Continue Reading →