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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!   It's a mess: graduate schools are failing to prepare students for jobs - Career Tools Article, July 2015
    by Leonard Cassuto, Professor of English at Fordham University, from The Conversation
    Arthur Levine, the head of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, has been a vituperative critic of teacher education programs for years. His recent announcement that he's partnering with MIT to start a new teacher education graduate degree program has brought new attention to these teacher training programs – and to teacher training generally.
  • New!   Career Fitness: Mirroring - Career Tools Article, July 2015
    by Peter Weddle
    Hiring managers often have a very clear image in their minds of the perfect candidate.  While recruiters will press them to identify the education, skills and experience required to do the job, what supervisors want – more often than not
  • New!   Will Republican Leadership Change Higher Education? - HigherEd Careers Interview, June 2015   
    by Andrew Hibel
    Higher Education and how we pay for higher ed has entered the political debate more and more in recent years. The issues are sure to be part of the 2016 election cycle. In this month’s interview, Andy Hibel speaks with Andrew P. Kelly of the American Enterprise Institute about the need for reform and the place of politicians in this important conversation.
  • New!   Three Boston Universities Tapped by Olympic Group for Events - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Bob Salsberg
    BOSTON (AP) -- The organizers of Boston's Olympic bid said Wednesday that Harvard University, Boston College and Northeastern University would serve as venues for several events if Boston is chosen to host the 2024 Summer Games.
  • When Presidential Finalists Visit, It's the Campus' Time to Shine - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Ann Yates
    You have selected finalists and your presidential search is nearly complete. The search committee, board, and campus should understand that, at this stage, candidates are interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them.
  • Should female faculty get bonus points to correct for gender bias in student evaluations? - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Sara B. Pritchard, Associate Professor of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University, from The Conversation
    Now that most colleges and universities have completed their spring semesters, course instructors are opening up sealed manila envelopes, all over the country, to read their teaching evaluations.
  • The Ceremony and Pageantry of Applications and Interviews - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D.
    It is undeniable that a certain amount of decorum or etiquette surrounds the hiring process. The difficulty lies in the fact that most of it is unspoken and not written down for the uninitiated to learn and heed. However, danger lurks. Sometimes a small faux pas can destroy a potential job opportunity.
  • Campus Interview: Food for Thought - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    The most revealing part of a campus interview can take place over lunch. When the employer and candidate break bread together, look for the trail of bread crumbs that lead to both parties recognizing their compatibility.
  • Is University Employment a Family-Friendly Fit? - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    "Work-life balance" sounds simple enough, but to the legions of parents who find themselves toggling between the daily demands of these realities, finding the right fit is an ongoing challenge.
  • How to Learn a New Campus Over the Summer - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Kelci Lynn Lucier
    Although many faculty and administrators start new positions at colleges and universities over the summer months, the slower pace of a campus during this time can present both opportunities and challenges to those trying to connect with their new colleagues.
  • Academic Fraud Nets UNC 1-year probation - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Emery P. Dalesio
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- An accreditation agency important to colleges receiving federal funds put the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on probation Thursday for a year over its academic fraud scandal.
  • The business of rankings: did the US News & World Report make substantial mistakes? - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Kevin Welner, Professor, Educational Foundations, Policy & Practice, University of Colorado, from The Conversation
    Here’s an easy task: choose between the following two schools for your child. School #1 provides high-quality instruction and strong supports in order to academically accelerate students and challenge them to take
    difficult courses.
  • Transition and Culture, Tricky Navigations - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Marta Segal Block
    When you work with college students you think about transition a lot, but primarily the transition is on the part of the students. At the recent NASPA conference in New Orleans, presenters Jill Carr and Jeff Kegolis of Bowling State University and Larry Serfozo of Colorado State University spoke about some of the transitions that professionals undergo in their presentation “Navigating a New Organizational Culture as a Young Professional in Student Affairs.”
  • Are You Ready to Find New Talent? Are You Ready to Be Found? - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Mark C. Coldren
    Traditional search processes are built upon finding the most experienced candidate.  But experience isn’t always the most effective way to identify the best talent for your institution.
  • Gov't Plan to Help Students Erase Debt Raises Questions - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Anne Flaherty
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government plan to wipe out loans for many of the students who attended the now-disgraced for-profit Corinthian Colleges raises serious questions about whether the White House or Congress should have done more to prevent the debacle.
  • Is academic freedom a license to provoke without consequences? - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Bruce Barry, Professor of Management and Sociology at Vanderbilt University, from The Conversation
    Does academic freedom entitle university professors to be as provocative as they wish when expressing their views on issues of the day?
  • Harvard Gets Biggest Gift Ever: $400M from Wall Street Alum - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Collin Binkley
    BOSTON (AP) -- Harvard has received its biggest gift in school history — a $400 million donation from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire John Paulson -- the university said Wednesday.
  • Why commencement still matters - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Ben Kappel, Associate Professor of History at University of Oklahoma , from The Conversation
    We have entered one of the most pleasant rites of spring and summer – commencement season.
    As a teacher at the University of Oklahoma for more than 20 years, I attend our ceremonies once every three years as part of my faculty responsibilities.
  • Career Fitness: The Social Job Application - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Peter Weddle
    Ask a hundred job seekers what their single worst job search experience has been and 99 will say “the application black hole.”  It happens to just about everyone and just about all the time: you send your resume to an employer for an advertised job opening and all you get back is a big fat nothing.
  • How to Find a Job: Five Foundations for Success - Career Tools Article, June 2015
    by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D.
    In more than 20 years as an HR professional, I have always been surprised by how little most people know about how to find a job. Here is an example that might illustrate the point.  A friend’s niece was at home all summer after having graduated earlier in the spring with a degree in a high demand field. Her student loans were now looming.
  • The Beauty of Working at an Art Museum on Campus - HigherEd Careers Interview, May 2015   
    by Andrew Hibel
    The Nasher Museum of Art opened on Duke University’s campus in 2005, just a few short years before a global recession put many museums in jeopardy. In this month’s interview we talk with Dr. Sarah Schroth, director of the Nasher, about what it’s like to run a museum on a university campus, and what it takes to lead a museum in these economic times.
  • NCAA Fends Off Challenges, Antitrust Exemption Debated - Career Tools Article, May 2015
    by Ralph D. Russo
    For years there have been discussions within NCAA membership about seeking an antitrust exemption to provide protection from the types of lawsuits that are threatening to forcefully overhaul college sports.
  • Long-Term Success With Short-Term Jobs - Career Tools Article, May 2015
    by Justin Zackal
    Many higher education professionals no longer identify with their institution or a defined role but rather with their personal skills.

    "This generation of Millennials does not identify with one company or career," wrote Larissa Few in a Forbes.com article
  • Employment in Higher Education Declines in Q1 2015; Ads for Part-Time Positions Outpace Full-Time Job Postings - Career Tools Article, May 2015
    by Amanda Bucher
    The number of jobs in higher education declined 0.5 percent in Q1 2015, according to a recent report from HigherEdJobs, a leading job and career site for higher education professionals.
  • Does online learning really promote plagiarism?  External Article - Career Tools Article, May 2015
    by Meris Stansbury
    According to a new study, there is no significant difference between levels of plagiarism between traditional brick-and-mortar institutions and online institutions. However, that doesn’t mean plagiarism isn’t rampant in higher education.