Career Articles

  • Explaining Gaps in Employment and Frequent Job Changes by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    There are many occasions when there may be discontinuity in one's chronological employment record, such as being laid off, caring for others, or simply quitting a job that was a bad fit. While these are all legitimate reasons, gaps in employment are generally perceived negatively by future employers. Rather than letting employers make assumptions about any gaps, it's best to explain them on your own terms in your application materials. Here's how.
  • New Tax Concerns for Non-Profits and Their Million-Dollar Employees by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    What implications does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 have on public universities and other non-profits that recruit and retain employees who receive $1 million or more in annual compensation? Norah L. Jones, partner at Quarles & Brady, LLP, whose practice focuses on advising tax-exempt organizations, provides insights on what these organizations must consider now and in the future as a result of this new law.
  • How to Recognize and Escape a Toxic Workplace by Eileen Hoenigman Meyer
    Are you in a toxic work environment? In contrast to healthy professional environments, where culture is often focused on upholding ethics and standards, the culture at toxic workplaces centers around the dysfunction and abusive climate that exists there. Here are some red flags to look for when identifying whether you're in a toxic environment, as well as tips for encouraging culture change in the workplace.
  • HSI Increases Reflect Growing Student Enrollment, Matriculation by Tiffany Pennamon, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    New data analysis from Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) reveals that Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are on the rise around the country, including in states you may not have expected. The growing number of institutions earning this HSI designation indicates that Hispanic student enrollment is growing. Both organizations expect to see continued growth in enrollment and the number of institutions meeting the 25-percent HSI-threshold.
  • With Federal Funding for Science on the Decline, What’s the Role of a Profit Motive in Research? by David R. Johnson, from The Conversation
    Money always seems tight for university scientists, and federal funding for research continues to dwindle, leaving scientists to turn to industry funding. Some say that partnerships between academia and industry are sensible, while critics argue that introducing a profit motive in science could result in bias and conflicts of interest. A sociologist conducted hundreds of interviews to see what scientists think about funding sources and profit motives for research.
  • Mastering the Art of Strategic Planning for Your Institution by Robert A. Scott
    Among a university board's most important responsibilities is overseeing a strategic plan to help guide the institution. With that comes setting goals, upholding the school's mission, outlining principles for decision-making, and monitoring progress. For both new and seasoned board members, here are some helpful tips, including how to implement useful metrics, best practices for board meetings and retreats, and tips for succession planning.
  • Considering a Job Change? Know When to Repot, Jump, or Flip a Coin by Justin Zackal
    John Gardner originally introduced the idea of repotting in 1963, a career philosophy that professionals, after reaching a certain level of achievement, should change occupations every 10 years to stay relevant, engaged, and innovative. Fortunately, there are many ways to repot in higher education, including ways that you can refresh your role or routine at your current institution. But how do you decide if it's time to repot or make a career jump?
  • Nine Out of Ten Americans with Student Loans Fail’s Student Loan Quiz by AP News
    Do you understand how student loans work? More than 44 million Americans have taken out student loans to help pay for college, but only a handful understand how their loans actually work, according to a quiz sponsored by online consumer finance marketplace Here's a look at some of the common misunderstandings about student loans and how the growing interest rate is affecting borrowers.
  • How the U.S. Benefits When It Educates Future World Leaders by Nathan Urban & Ariel C. Armony, from The Conversation
    As the number of international students studying in the United States declines, it doesn't just impact the economy. According to a pair of international education scholars, the nation's "soft power" -- that is, its ability to persuade others to do what it wants without force or coercion -- also diminishes. The personal experiences that international students have at American colleges and universities are key if we want to shape and influence future leaders of the world.
  • One Stop Centers Seeing Renewed Interest from Institutions by Alison Herget
    One stop centers, once a model employed by many institutions in the 1990s, are making a comeback. The idea is to combine the functions of several offices -- such as admissions, registrar, financial aid, and bursar -- under one roof. Although this doesn't create a huge cost savings for institutions or reduction in personnel, it does increase student satisfaction, and could ultimately lead to better graduation and retention rates.
  • Executive Appointments for May 2018 by Leah Grubb
    The following higher education appointments were announced in May 2018.
  • How Washington Creates Higher Education Policy by Andrew Hibel
    With every new administration, there are changes in higher education policy. Understanding higher education policy at the federal level is crucial for universities looking to predict how new legislation may impact their faculty, staff, and students. In this month’s interview Lauren Maddox, senior policy advisor at Holland & Knight, discusses her work on governmental higher education policy, recent policy developments, and advice for higher ed professionals moving forward.
  • Want to Really Get to Know Your Candidates? Interview for Emotional Intelligence by Erin Patton, from
    There are many mechanisms that job applicants can use to fool hiring managers, so employers have to be on their guard and screen applicants effectively to avoid being duped. One way to do this is to ask behavior-based interview questions. These questions will reveal a candidate's emotional intelligence (EQ) and serve as a predictor of future behavior and performance. Here's a look at key behavioral interview questions that can help you evaluate candidates.
  • Profanity at Work – Does Context Matter? by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Does context matter when using the F-word and other profanity at work? Is it ever acceptable? Arguments have been made and some studies suggest that cursing can have positive benefits, such as creating greater intimacy, bonding, and sense of belonging among colleagues. Let's explore that argument and take a closer look at when, how, and where profanity may be appropriate, or at least not inappropriate, in professional settings.
  • 5 Top Capital Campaign Tips the Campus Community Needs to Know by Sophie W. Penney, Ph.D.
    Capital campaigns can be time-consuming and overwhelming. A successful campaign requires a clear objective, a cohesive course of action, and collaboration across the campus community. While chief development officers may take the lead on capital campaigns, an understanding of the work involved in successful fundraising is beneficial for anyone in higher education. Here are five tips about campaigns that could prove helpful to faculty, staff, the campus community, and board members.
  • Female Law Professors Hope Settlement Leads to Change by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press
    A memo revealing that female law professors at the University of Denver were paid less than their male counterparts set off litigation against the university's Sturm College of Law in 2012. This month, it has finally ended with a $2.6 million legal settlement for the women affected. They're hopeful that the settlement will be a lesson to other colleges and universities about the importance of pay equity.
  • Packaging and Presenting One's Skills Effectively on Paper by Christopher D. Lee, Ph.D., SPHR
    A good product package catches one’s eye and previews what is contained inside. This applies to application materials too. In addition to the content of your resume/CV, how you present your qualifications can impact whether or not you come across as a competitive candidate for a position. It's important to have forethought about what information is presented, determine the best way to categorize your experiences, and then compare that to what is required for targeted openings.
  • Mastering the Communication Process to Support Understanding and Avoid Confusion by Daniel B. Griffith, J.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Communicating effectively is critical for leaders, especially when your message challenges the recipient and may be difficult to hear. Doing this well means avoiding confusion and working through any potential misunderstandings efficiently. You must do your part in the message/feedback loop, explaining your message clearly and providing every opportunity for the other person to do the same. Consider the following tips for avoiding communication confusion.
  • Don’t Expect Professors to Get Fired When They Say Something You Don’t Like by David Jadon & Frank LoMonte, from The Conversation
    Despite the demands for public university professors who utter offensive things to be fired, they enjoy free speech protection. In contrast, private employers, including a private college, can fire someone over something they say without any constitutional violation. Here's a closer look at the history behind free speech in relation to colleges and universities and why you can't expect a professor to be fired just because they say something you don't like.
  • Dartmouth Embraces Historical Accountability in New Project by Stephanie Morales, Associated Press
    As educational institutions across the country wrestle with their ties to slavery, Dartmouth College is taking a closer look at the darkest corners of its history. It will launch a "historical accountability" project this summer, which will explore how African-Americans and other underrepresented students, have been treated since the college was founded in 1769. Current students will explore Dartmouth's historical record and find ways to incorporate its history into the curriculum.
  • Employment Growth in Higher Education by Winona Weindling
    According to the 2018 Professionals in Higher Education Survey by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), some higher education professions are growing more quickly than others. The survey reveals key facts, such as the professional areas with the most positions, the average salary increase over the past year, statistics on the diversity in research positions, and more.
  • What It Takes to Lead a College or University by Robert A. Scott
    Problems in campus governance and leadership are often the result of a disconnect between how campus presidents view their role and what's expected of them. Colleges and universities benefit most from presidents who accept their role as an educator, the keeper of the institution’s mission and legacy for transformational teaching. Successful presidents also exercise four crucial elements of leadership: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
  • How to Regroup after a Job Loss or Rejection by Justin Zackal
    The way you handle rejection or a job loss can be a deciding factor in your career success and how quickly you're able to bounce back. You may be inclined to dive right back into a job search, but it's important to allow yourself time for reflection, planning, and exploration. It can be a transformative time in your career, especially if you practice some of the following exercises to buoy your outlook before diving back into the job hunt.
  • When College Tuition Goes Up, Campus Diversity Goes Down by Drew Allen & Gregory C. Wolniak, from The Conversation
    Affordability isn't the only concern when it comes to the rising cost of college tuition. Researchers have found that whenever tuition rises at nonselective four-year colleges and universities, racial and ethnic diversity within the student body declines. As a result, students have a lesser chance of attending college with someone from a different racial or ethnic background -- and a less rich academic experience.
  • “You Don’t Look Like a Professor” by Dr. Nichole Margarita Garcia, from Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
    Unfortunately, experiencing microaggressions is nothing new. Microaggressions are “subtle and stunning” assaults people of color encounter based on their race. Dr. Nichole Margarita Garcia describes her own past experiences with microaggressions, how she deals with the pain that inevitably follows such interactions, and how she intends to help others with similar experiences through her work and research.
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