Career Articles

  • Executive Appointments for April 2017 by Sarah Osborne
    The following higher education appointments were announced in April 2017.
  • How to Evaluate the Leadership Style of the Interview Team by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Interviewers are not the only ones who have power in the conversation. As the interviewee, your assessment matters too. The meeting gives the interviewers the chance to see if you might be the right fit for their position, just as it gives you the opportunity to decide if this unit, manager, and institution suit your needs.
  • Defending Science: How the Art of Rhetoric Can Help by Leah Ceccarelli, from The Conversation
    Science seems to be under attack in America, so much so that scientists and their supporters are marching in the streets. They are defending their work against what appears to be a new, more aggressive assault in the so-called “Republican war on science,” as the president threatens deep cuts to federal funding of scientific research.
  • Trump Era Brings 'Wake-Up' Call for Diversity by Steve Bates, from SHRM.org
    Though Trump has vowed to deregulate businesses and rescind many of former President Barack Obama's executive orders, he has not laid out a specific agenda to roll back worker protections. However, many D&I professionals say they are concerned about potential changes and are worried that some businesses might take advantage of relaxed regulations to scale back their diversity efforts.
  • What to Wear on Campus by Marta Segal Block
    Although popular stereotypes would say that professors are not particularly concerned with fashion, questions of what to wear on campus can still be complicated. Young professionals may worry that they will be mistaken for students, while older professionals may worry that dressing too formally will make them seem out of step with today’s more casual workplace norms.
  • States Debate Tuition Break for Students in U.S. Illegally by Collin Binkley, Associated Press
    Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally. Supporters in states where the tuition benefit is available say the policy has boosted Latino enrollment and has helped these students contribute to the economy. Opponents say the policy wrongly rewards immigrants who entered the country illegally.
  • Your Resume and the Rule of Three by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    There are no universal standards for how much information is needed to demonstrate one's qualifications and competencies for a job. A good rule to go by, however, is the "rule of three." One factoid can occur randomly, two items can be coincidental, but three elements begin to show a pattern. Patterns are compelling evidentiary components.
  • The Corrosive Power of “Why?” by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    In the hands of an effective leader, “why” can be empowering. We can all use a little guidance to explore our goals and motives for our ideas and the projects we want to pursue. In the hands of an ineffective leader, “why” can become corrosive and demoralizing. There is a lot of power in “Why?” and leaders should exercise care.
  • A Critical View of College Admissions by Karen Gross, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    According to Karen Gross, the entire admissions processes is troubling on so many levels that it is hard to describe the key levers for possible change. And, it is not as if the current processes are such a success, and we just need to tweak at the margins.
  • Disciplines with the Most Higher Education Hires by Winona Weindling
    CUPA-HR has released new data indicating that the disciplines with the most new faculty hires in higher education are nursing, psychology, English language/literature, math, and music. The report collected information for 237,231 full-time faculty to determine the most popular disciplines for new assistant professor hires.
  • Does It Pay to Get a Double Major in College? by Christos Makridis, from The Conversation
    Students are bombarded with an array of competing opportunities during college, all with the promise that each will lead to a better job or higher earnings upon entering the “real world.” One such option is the double major, but will doing so lead to a higher-paying job?
  • How Can We Improve College Governance? by George R. Boggs, Ph.D., Christine Johnson McPhail, Ph.D.
    Governance systems are central to the institution’s sustainability and a necessary foundation to executing strategies and accomplishing goals. Because of the size and complexity of the organization, college presidents have to delegate many decisions to others, and governance committees most often inform those decisions.
  • Make a Game Out of Your Career by Justin Zackal
    People are busy. Half of all U.S. full-time workers exceed a 40-hour workweek while one in five workers exceed 60 hours. But, by thinking of your job as work and your career as a game, you can stop biding your time and start achieving meaningful wins in your career.
  • Could Pell Grants Work Year-Round? by Maria Danilova, Associated Press
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos raised the possibility of allowing students to use Pell Grants year-round during a recent visit to a community college in Florida. Pell Grants have traditionally been used to fund a student's fall and spring semester studies. As more students now opt for taking classes over the summer, the demand for year-round Pell Grants has increased.
  • Establishing Social Boundaries at Work: An Introvert’s Guide by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Setting social boundaries is always a delicate project, but it seems to have particularly high stakes in the workplace. Your productivity is enhanced by the professional relationships you cultivate. You don’t want to be perceived as standoffish, snobby, or rude. As an introvert, how do you establish social boundaries at work?
  • Career Fitness: Who Are You Again? by Peter Weddle
    We humans are increasingly unable to remember the past. For job seekers, that means we must be as proactive about staying remembered as we are about being memorable. Employers’ and recruiters’ memories are just as unreliable as the rest of ours, so you must protect yourself against their forgetfulness.
  • How Higher Education Consortiums Affect Academia by Andrew Hibel
    As operating costs of colleges and universities continue to rise, collaborative higher education consortiums can improve efficiency. In this month's interview, Phillip J. DiChiara, M.Ed. discusses his work as managing director for the Boston Consortium for Higher Education. He also shares his thoughts on higher education collaboration and the professional development opportunities this collaboration provides.
  • Executive Appointments for March 2017 by Sarah Osborne
    The following higher education appointments were announced in March 2017.
  • Closing the Achievement Gap by George R. Boggs, Ph.D., Christine Johnson McPhail, Ph.D.
    The community college is often referred to as a “gateway” to an improved standard of living, attracting a diverse student population with a broad range of learning needs. A serious concern for educators today is the achievement gap that separates low-income and minority students from other learners. How do we close that achievement gap?
  • All Immigrants Not Included by Berenice Sánchez, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    In the wake of the President’s Executive Order on immigration, banning immigrants from seven countries, many college and university presidents have released statements proclaiming their commitment to international students. However, only some of these statements include undocumented and DACA students.
  • Is Your Online Rep Getting in the Way of Your Real Life Job? by Marta Segal Block
    Many individuals are starting to see the necessity of protecting one’s professional and personal online reputation. A recent survey found that marketing and advertising executives regularly look at candidates' online presence before offering a position, and often decide against hiring someone based on negative information found online.
  • Republicans Press Professors to Spend More Time Teaching by Todd Richmond, Associated Press
    Governor Scott Walker wants to make sure professors don't neglect the classroom. He has joined a national conservative push to get professors to do more teaching and less research. Provisions in Wisconsin's state budget proposal would reward faculty who spend more time in the classroom and make state aid to universities contingent on faculty instructional hours.
  • NCAA Basketball Coach Offers Lessons in Leading High-Performing Teams by Kathy Gurchiek, from SHRM.org
    Pam Borton, who coached the University of Minnesota women's team for 12 years and became the winningest head coach in the school's program history, is a global leadership consultant. She shares leadership lessons she learned during her 27 years of coaching.
  • Student Loan Defaults Rising, Study Finds by Sarah Skidmore Sell, AP Personal Finance Writer
    Student debt has risen along with the cost of education, which makes repayment difficult. A new analysis of government data by the Consumer Federation of America found that the number of Americans in default on their student loans jumped by nearly 17 percent last year.
  • Increased Pay but Fewer Perks for University Presidents by Winona Weindling
    Higher education administrators are seeing a higher level of take-home pay, but fewer perks according to a newly released College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) report.
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