What do you think makes a scientist credible? The first thing you’re likely to think of is their technical skill base. You might say that a cell biologist projecting credibility must have a fair number of publications in their area of expertise, or a very special niche that they are known for, right? To some extent, you’d be correct—but that’s only when it comes to technical credibility. In reality, your overall credibility is composed of much more than that technical skill base.
We’ve written a lot about the link between college and the workforce — and the kinds of skills graduates will need in the 21st century to succeed. One of the skills you need is knowing how to present yourself. To put your best foot forward in the workplace, and in life. And so, as we […]
Mentors are a crucial part of higher education professionals’ support systems. Mentors can provide support and advice to job seekers as well as to people settled in their careers. In this month’s interview, Dr. Gerard Kowalski and Dr. Anne E. Lombard share their thoughts on the value of mentorship, how to find and interact with mentors, and the role of mentors for professionals seeking work in student affairs.
Although students may not always believe it, professors are people, too. Like all people, professors are subject to biases. In a recent article, we discussed bias in the classroom and the ways that professors’ preconceived notions, research preferences, and even their emotional states might negatively affect students. But bias can also have a negative impact […]
I wanted one, too. Badly. In fact, in 2010, I wrote an article for The Chronicle called “Message in a Bottle” in which I likened a Ph.D. sending out countless applications for tenure-track jobs to a castaway on a remote island, tossing messages out to sea in hopes of being rescued. But then, miraculously, three […]