Career Articles

  • Do Job Seekers Benefit from an Optimism Bias? by Justin Zackal
    Career goals tend to have longer lifespans than New Year's resolutions. We're more confident that we can perform in our chosen line of work. In fact, 90 percent of respondents to a poll by “BusinessWeek” were so optimistic, they believed they were in the top 10 percent of performers.
  • How to Achieve Greater Control Over the Trajectory of Your Career by Martin Yate, from
    Traditional career advice tells you to pay for an education, choose a career, work hard, be loyal, and make sacrifices. In return, you will be rewarded with job security, steady professional growth, and an increasing income. But that is no longer the reality of today's world of work.
  • Autistic Academics Give Their Thoughts on University Life by Margaret Prior, from The Conversation
    Colleges and universities are working hard to listen, understand, and meet the needs of autistic students, but the fact that those students can become academics appears to have gone unnoticed. Higher education needs to acknowledge that autistic academics have a lot to give - and with this needs to be an understanding that autistic academics might have different needs in the workplace
  • Is the Resume a Marketing Piece? by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Long gone are the days that a resume was a brief, factual statement of one's past educational and employment experiences. It can be argued that the sole purpose of a resume is to get an interview. If this is indeed its purpose, then a resume—in part—should be designed to sway opinions and influence decisions.
  • Confronting Employee Performance and Misconduct Issues by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Confronting employees about their performance and misconduct requires firmness and finesse. A leader must be firm to make clear that an employee's performance or behavior is unacceptable and must change, while also using finesse to communicate in a way that retains respect for the integrity and dignity of the employee and avoids overreactions.
  • How to Work With an Executive Search Consultant by Suzanne Teer, Witt/Kieffer
    A primary part of an executive search consultant's job is to develop a pool of applicants that meet their client’s current leadership needs. Whether you are new to working with a search consultant or have some experience, these "dos" and "don'ts" will help you successfully engage with a search consultant throughout each stage of the process.
  • Academic Freedom, Academic Responsibility, and Civility by George R. Boggs, Ph.D., Christine Johnson McPhail, Ph.D.
    One of the great strengths of American higher education is the protection of free expression, commonly referred to as academic freedom. Although individual academics may retain substantial degrees of freedom, higher education administrators have a vested interest in ensuring that academic and professional standards are in line with the mission of the institution.
  • Congressman to Invite All HBCU Presidents to Capitol Hill by Reginald Stuart, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Dozens of presidents of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are expected to converge later this month upon the nation’s capital as guests of a Republican House leader who hopes the gathering will help introduce the institutions to his colleagues who have no idea of their history.
  • Career Fitness: The Triple Package Job Seeker by Peter Weddle
    There are three values that can turn any job seeker into a triple threat for winning the championship of transition – a dream job. The most successful people in America share these three attributes: a superiority complex, feelings of insecurity, and impulse control.
  • DeVos Ekes Out Confirmation Win As Pence Casts Historic Vote by Maria Danilova, Associated Press
    Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos won confirmation as education secretary Tuesday by the slimmest of margins, pushed to approval only by the historic tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence. Despite the win, DeVos emerged bruised from the highly divisive nomination fight.
  • Gates Foundation Gives $279M to University of Washington by AP News
    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is awarding $279 million to the University of Washington to expand its work in improving global population health, the largest private donation to the university, officials said Wednesday. The grant funds another decade of research at the university's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
  • Curbing Emotions During Difficult Conversations by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Professional life can be thrilling, defeating, exhausting, and exhilarating. No doubt about it, work life can be emotionally charged. Being a manager presents interactions that require emotional clarity and control. Consider these tips to help keep your emotions in check when facilitating difficult conversations with the members of your team.
  • Discriminatory Job Postings? What's the Deal? by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Have you ever noticed job postings that seem to discriminate against a particular group that you thought were protected under anti-discrimination laws? They aren't necessarily unlawful and may be justified pursuant to an exception to anti-discrimination law referred to as a "bona fide occupational qualification," or "BFOQ."
  • It’s True, Internet Surfing During Class Is Not so Good for Grades by Susan Ravizza, from The Conversation
    There is no doubt that having a desktop computer or laptop in school is useful for writing papers, gathering information, and learning how to program and use software. But, as would seem obvious, surfing the internet during class – and connecting with friends, shopping, or streaming movies – could also prove to be a source of distraction and hinder learning
  • Executive Appointments for January 2017 by Sarah Osborne
    The following higher education appointments were announced in January 2017.
  • Trigger Warnings, Safer Spaces, and Academic Rigor by George R. Boggs, Ph.D., Christine Johnson McPhail, Ph.D.
    Among the most contentious of current debates in higher education involves the balance between protecting students and confronting them with difficult or unpleasant issues that require them to think critically. How do we find an appropriate balance between protecting our most vulnerable students and holding them to high academic standards?
  • What is an LGBTQ-Friendly Campus? by Andrew Hibel
    Every student, staff, and faculty member deserves to feel welcomed and safe on campus. So, what does an LGBTQ-friendly campus look like? In this month's Higher Ed Careers interview, Dr. Alison Gash from the University of Oregon discusses her thoughts on these topics and the importance of inclusiveness.
  • Hidden Biases that May Affect Your Job by Marta Segal Block
    Like all people, professors are subject to biases. Bias in the classroom exists 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 on other parts of a professor’s career and on the university as an institution.
  • MLA: Practitioners Failing to Tout Value of Humanities by Jamal Eric Watson, from Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
    In the wake of a steady decline in undergraduate enrollments within the humanities, the outgoing president of the Modern Language Association (MLA) called on scholarly organizations to do a better job of making the case for why a liberal arts education still matters. Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah said that the declining numbers of students majoring in the humanities is reason to be alarmed.
  • Top Financial Wellness Tips to Give Your New Grads by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Making strategic financial decisions is a learned skill, and higher education institutions generally offer robust free resources to aid students as they hone this ability. As a higher ed professional working with students facing this challenge, consider the advice of Christine McDonough, director of Student Financial Services at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
  • The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News by Donald A. Barclay, from The Conversation
    Since the 19th century, academic librarians have been actively engaged in teaching students how to negotiate increasingly complex information environments. In today’s digital world, information literacy is a far more complex subject than it was when the phrase was coined.
  • “Am I Qualified for This Job?” Is the Wrong Question to Ask by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    “Am I qualified for the job?” is the wrong question to ask. The question that makes all the difference is “Am I competitive?” Qualified candidates have the requisite education and experience, but competitive candidates have a wider and deeper degree of experience and expertise.
  • Think Before Responding to Baseless Accusations by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    As you endeavor as a leader to make decisions that are fair, well reasoned, and considerate of others’ interests, there will inevitably be individuals who take exception and react with baseless accusations and attacks. Depending on the nature, context, and intensity of the attacks, the temptation is to react in ways that you will regret. Consider these alternate responses.
  • Certain Uncertainty: Higher Education in the Trump Era by Christopher D. Card
    The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States coincides with the start of the spring semester. Colleges and universities are returning to an academic schedule that is already planned, continuing a reliable, almost routine operation that is familiar to most. Trump’s inauguration, on the other hand, introduces uncertainty and questions about the direction of educational policy and practice.
  • Ending Weight Bias in the Hiring Process Starts with Being Conscious of It by Dawn Onley, from
    Appearance plays a significant role in whether a person lands a job after an interview, particularly if that person is an overweight woman, research shows. A research paper noted that marginally heavier job candidates suffered from bias during an experimental job interview. NAAFA has taken on the cause to eliminate hiring bias against overweight people since 1969.
View More Articles at