Career Articles

  • Keeping It Real for Teaching Demonstrations and Case Scenarios by Justin Zackal
    Most search committees in higher education are asking candidates to describe how they would resolve a problem or navigate a situation. For open faculty positions, many search committees stage teaching demonstrations. In these instances, candidates can no longer base their candidacy on their resume or CV alone.
  • Inclusion as a Process for Embracing Diversity Toward Better Learning by Janine Janosky, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Institutions of higher education have long represented a pathway for Americans to achieve personal and professional dreams. Increasing segments of the population are not attaining college degrees. Because of significant demographic shifts and widening socio-economic disparities, institutions are under pressure to address historical and continuing inequity in higher education and to adapt their policies and procedures to meet their needs.
  • Four Questions You Shouldn’t Ask an Interviewer by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Questions have tremendous power and utility. They communicate a great deal of information. Most often, you can discern a person's knowledge or intellect from the questions they ask and how they are posed. Interviewees are usually afforded the golden opportunity to ask questions of interviewers and search committees. These questions should be thoughtful and well-formulated.
  • Calling for Deliberation and Dialogue by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Organizational change is more effective when based on input from many rather than a few. Any deliberative process to garner input should include individuals who are ultimately expected to implement decisions made. Many leaders recognize this but may not always realize how trust is violated when, intentionally or not, their calls for deliberation do not match their actions.
  • Colleges and Universities Institute Changes Despite Overtime Rule Injunction by Winona Weindling
    Last year the Department of Labor issued its final rule on overtime eligibility, significantly raising the minimum salary threshold. Many institutions began to make changes in preparation for the ruling's implementation. CUPA-HR’s "Professionals in Higher Education Salary Survey" examined these changes.
  • The Decline in Foreign Students Hurts America’s Future by Paula Caligiuri, from The Conversation
    Students, both international and domestic, benefit from their multicultural friendships. Through their college friendships, they can demystify differences and become more open to people from different countries and cultures. This ease with cultural difference is the foundation of cultural agility. This cultural agility can, in turn, have a lasting, positive effect on their personal career success and international cooperation.
  • Navigating Bureaucracy by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    It’s satisfying to be a part of a streamlined professional operation and to see your efforts come to meaningful fruition. On the other hand, if your workplace seems like an exercise in red tape navigation, you may feel like Sisyphus, endlessly pushing your boulder uphill, only to see it crumble before you crest.
  • Flipping the Classroom as an Educational Tool by Martin Atkins
    Over the past several years, technology has made the idea of “flipping the classroom” an intriguing possibility, in which students listen to the lecture on their own time (via video) and use class time to work through problems and issues that in a more traditional classroom would be considered “homework.”
  • Rowan Rocks: A Classic American Story With a Happy College Town Ending by James Martin and James E. Samels
    What do you get when you mix under-leveraged campus real estate assets with a win-win town-gown planning relationship, the vision and will of joint ventures, and the benefits of a 25-year-old $100 million gift? You get the new Rowan University.
  • Romance and the Single Professor by Marta Segal Block
    It’s the plot of many movies and TV shows. A young, single, big city professional moves to a small town and winds up finding the love of his life and a unique cast of characters with whom he becomes friends. Social and romantic prospects are definitely something to consider when weighing a job offer, but they are just one of many factors.
  • Executive Appointments for May 2017 by Sarah Osborne
    The following higher education appointments were announced in May 2017.
  • Helping Military Service Members Complete College by Jonathan Smith, from The Conversation
    Every year, over half a million military service members and veterans enroll in undergraduate institutions. Only about half leave with a certificate or degree. Getting a college degree can help graduates get jobs and earn higher wages, but veterans and active military service members may face obstacles on their way to degree completion.
  • Diverse Conversations: How Can We Increase Minority Graduation Rates? by Matthew Lynch, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Many schools focus on recruiting a diverse student body. But, once the students arrive on campus, not every institution spends a significant amount of time on retention. Neglecting retention strategies means that fewer students ultimately graduate from college and that shortcoming disproportionately affects minority students.
  • Advocates Slam Trump Plan to Reduce Aid for College Students by Maria Danilova, Associated Press
    Education advocates say President Donald Trump's budget contradicts his campaign pledge to make college more affordable with its proposed elimination of subsidized student loans and cuts in other programs that help students pay tuition. The 2018 budget, unveiled Tuesday, slashes discretionary funding for the Education Department by 13.5 percent and overall funding by 46.9 percent.
  • The Worst Advice for Young, New Hires in Higher Ed by Justin Zackal
    If you’re making the transition from college student to college employee, there is plenty of career advice to heed as you cross over to the other side of the desk or lectern. But there’s one old chestnut that can be dangerous for young, new hires in higher education: “Fake it till you make it.”
  • Can We Talk About Free Speech on Campus? by Neal H. Hutchens and Brandi Hephner LaBanc, from The Conversation
    The cancellation of an appearance by conservative commentator Ann Coulter at the University of California at Berkeley resulted in confrontations between protestors. It’s the latest in a series of heated disputes that have taken place involving controversial speakers on campus. How do institutions facilitate free speech while also supporting students?
  • The Makeup and Salaries of the Higher Education Workforce by Winona Weindling
    New data on staff age ranges, pay gaps, tenure, and overall pay have been released by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). The Staff in Higher Education Salary Survey provides insight into the makeup of higher education staff positions by collecting data for 169,358 staff at 737 higher education institutions
  • Why Workplace Conflict Can Be Healthy by Dori Meinert, from
    Most of us try to avoid conflict, especially at work. We've learned from experience that opposing others often has negative consequences. However, eliminating tension in the workplace isn't always feasible and isn't healthy for your organization in the long run.
  • The Perils of Managing Up by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    “Managing up” means recognizing that your boss is spread thin and extending yourself so that you’re easy to manage. It involves being extra diligent in your efforts to support your supervisor and your team, and is a strategic initiative. But the strategy can lose its luster if your boss takes advantage of your diligence.
  • Book Review - Consolidating Colleges and Merging Universities: New Strategies for Higher Education Leaders by Dr. Steve Tyrell
    There has been a notable growth in mergers, consolidations, and partnerships in recent years. Although we are reminded that mergers and consolidations of the past (and perhaps the present) are predicated upon the financial demise of an institution of higher education, the authors of this book shift the traditional discourse of mergers and consolidations.
  • Breaking Into Any Field Without Enough Experience by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    Without enough experience, how does one break into a new field of work? The answer is simple, though not as easy to accomplish. The job seeker or career-changer must take some affirmative steps to acquire different or additional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Making the Most of Our Diversity by Sue Henderson, Ph.D.
    When we are with others who hold differing points of view, come from different places, adhere to different values, and have had very different experiences, we have the ideal environment for learning. Over the years this kind of diversity has been a key factor in the success of American higher education.
  • Overcoming Leader Myopia about Difficult Employees by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Frustration runs high among employees who must work directly with bullies and other difficult employees. Frustration runs even higher when the leader in charge fails to recognize the problem, especially when the difficult employee is perceived to be a “superstar” or is otherwise able to shield his or her bad behavior from the leader.
  • The Consolidation of American Higher Education by James Martin and James E. Samels
    American colleges and universities are partnering, merging, and closing at rates higher than at any time in the past fifty years. More and more institutions are choosing to join forces rather than risk standing alone, and for those who do not choose a partner, the future may be grim.
  • The Value of Not Knowing by Martin Atkins
    From kindergarten on, students are taught that teachers give information and students receive it. But, the lecture-listen model of classroom management is far removed from higher education’s classical roots in the Socratic method. Is it time to start rethinking the formulas we’ve fallen into?
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