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We here at HigherEdJobs appreciate the efforts it takes to be successful in your job search. We have compiled some original and/or exclusive articles below that we feel will be practical and inspirational during this process. As always, we appreciate the privilege of helping you achieve your goals.

  • New!   Limber up for that Search - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Fitness leads to readiness. When runners train for marathons they cross-train by lifting weights, taking yoga classes, and mentally preparing for the endurance the race requires.
  • New!   Changing Campus Culture-Residential Colleges: A look at how they work at some schools - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Holly Ramer
    Colleges are confronting the related problems of sexual assault and drinking with a mix of solutions, some aimed at changing an ingrained culture that encourages irresponsible behavior.
  • New!   The Placement Exchange (TPE) On-Site - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    It's hard to explain the TPE On-Site Event unless you've seen it for yourself. More than 360 institutions with 700+ openings in student affairs, more than 1,100 candidates scheduling 8,000+ interviews all in a four day period, all in one place; not to mention interview coaching, round table sessions and... NEW ORLEANS FOOD!
  • Shared Governance and the Rise to Prominence of American Colleges and Universities - Author In Residence, March 2015
    by Larry G. Gerber
    Although I take rankings of colleges and universities with a large grain of salt, there can be little doubt that American institutions are globally preeminent. A Chinese ranking of the world's best universities places American institutions in eight of the top 10 positions and 32 out of the top 50.
  • The Changing Roles of Academic and Research Libraries - HigherEd Careers Interview, March 2015   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Over the past decade libraries have changed from being quiet repositories of books to active community centers "filled" with both physical and digital materials. How can libraries grow to meet changing needs while still fulfilling their original missions? How can librarians be trained to handle the unknown needs of the future? In this month’s interview we talk with Jennifer Paustenbaugh, head of Brigham Young University’s library.
  • Survey Shows 2 Percent Pay Raise for Tenured Faculty - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    Tenure provides professors job security as well as financial security. But what kind of pay increases can tenured or tenure-track professors expect?

    The College and University Professional Association of Human Resources (CUPA-HR) today released findings from its 2014-15
  • Hiring Academic Leaders: How Do You Evaluate Potential? - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Jeffrey A. Schroetlin
    Wanted: A nationally recognized scholar and educator; someone with a long track record of building successful programs; a proven fundraiser; a financial whiz; an inspirational consensus builder; known to be humble yet assertive, collaborative, passionate but diplomatic; and most of all, visionary.
  • Op-ed: Making sure grads are more prepared for jobs than interviews  External Article - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Lisa Malat
    According to a recent study, surveyed students may be more prepared for an initial interview than for the skills required for the job -- a trend that could ultimately affect recruitment and retention efforts at colleges and universities.
  • Oklahoma Fraternity-Racist Video - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Sean Murphy
    NORMAN, Oklahoma (AP) -- The president of the University of Oklahoma lambasted members of a fraternity who participated in a racist chant caught on video and ordered that they vacate their house by Tuesday night.
  • Trends in Student Affairs Job Postings - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    The HigherEdJobs fourth quarter employment report includes a special focus on student affairs and services job postings. According to this most recent job postings report, fourth quarter student affairs job postings have increased since 2013. However, there has been an overall decline in student affairs and services job postings since 2012.
  • Seven Ways to Approach Panel Interviews - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    Between breaks in the academic schedule and finding time for committees to meet, academic hires can take as long as a year. Panel interviews are often used in the later stages because a hiring committee can commit an hour or so
  • Tuition Turmoil: Residents versus Non-Residents? - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Lisa Leff
    University of California admissions officers are sifting through a record number of applications, but they have no idea how many new students they can enroll.
  • Salary Increases More Consistent for Higher Ed Administrators - Career Tools Article, March 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) today released the results of the 2014-2015 Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey.
  • Sen. Rubio: Education Must Get Practical, Focus on Jobs - Career Tools Article, February 2015
    by Kathleen Ronayne
    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- During the final leg of a tour through New Hampshire, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday the country's education system needs to focus less on granting four-year college degrees and more on helping people learn the skills that lead to high-paying jobs.
  • Career Fitness: Nano-Networking Is Notworking - Career Tools Article, February 2015
    by Peter Weddle
    They say that the best things come in small packages. That's probably true when you're talking about personal relationships as an entire industry devoted to tiny, colored boxes will attest.

    If you've been in the world of work for more than fifteen minutes, you will have heard someone opine about the importance of networking.
  • Employment in Higher Education Remains Stable; Ads for Full-time Faculty Outpace Part-time for First Time in Three Years - Career Tools Article, February 2015
    by Amanda Bucher
    The number of jobs in higher education was essentially unchanged in Q4 2014 marking almost two years that employment in higher education has been stable, according to the latest report from HigherEdJobs.
  • Grad Students to Earn Tuition-free Credit in Peace Corps - Career Tools Article, February 2015
    KEENE, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire university is partnering with the Peace Corps to allow students to complete advanced graduate work during their volunteer service.
  • Opportunities for Nursing Careers in Higher Ed - HigherEd Careers Interview, February 2015   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Many people know that an aging population means careers in nursing are booming. What's less well known is that an increase in nursing careers means an increase in the need to educate nurses. In this month's interview, we talked with Rita Frantz, dean of the University of Iowa's College of Nursing about the current state of nursing education and its future.
  • Shared Governance and Preserving the Ideals of a Liberal Education - Author In Residence, February 2015
    by Larry G. Gerber
    What is the purpose of higher education? Should it be considered primarily a form of advanced vocational training or should it be viewed as important preparation for a lifelong commitment to learning and for informed citizen involvement in a democratic society?
  • Walker backs off removing 'Wisconsin Idea' from UW mission - Career Tools Article, February 2015
    by Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker abruptly backed off Wednesday from a contentious plan to eliminate the University of Wisconsin System's public service mission statement known as the "Wisconsin Idea" and replace it with the charge of meeting the state's workforce needs.
  • Top 6 higher-ed digital policy issues in 2015  External Article - Career Tools Article, February 2015
    by Tanya Roscorla
    As technology continues to change, policy issues slowly come into play to govern them. This year, education technology policy watchers see at least six major policy issues that university administrators should keep an eye on in 2015.
  • Notre Dame's 'White Privilege' Seminar Draws Scrutiny - Career Tools Article, February 2015
    by Tom Coyne
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- As the U.S. wrestles with how to respond to a series of volatile racial incidents, the University of Notre Dame is offering a class this semester on white privilege that it says aims to help students become more aware of injustices.
  • The State of the Union of Student Affairs - Looking Ahead at 2015 - HigherEd Careers Interview, January 2015   
    by Andrew Hibel
    With increased media and public attention on difficult subjects, student affairs finds itself in the public spotlight more than ever before. We talked with Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA, the leading organization for student affairs administrators, about his career path, the changes he's seen in the field, and interview advice for those interested in joining this growing career.
  • Obama Idea to Trim College Savings Plans Hits GOP Opposition - Career Tools Article, January 2015
    by Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings accounts is running into opposition from Republicans in Congress who say they have no intention of raising taxes on families trying to save money for their children's education.
  • Career Fitness: Getting Better Than Smart - Career Tools Article, January 2015
    by Peter Weddle
    The conventional wisdom celebrates functional knowledge as the key to job search success. Upgrading your skills, the thinking goes, is the one sure way to land a great job. Get a degree, earn a certificate and bitta bang, bitta boom, you're on your way to blissful employment. It's a constant refrain... and it's wrong.