Should You Stay Or Should You Go? Academia vs. Real World

Should You Stay Or Should You Go? Academia vs. Real World

Making the decision to either stay in academia or venture out into the real world is a big one, to say the least. 

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Should You Encourage Students to BYOD?

Should You Encourage Students to BYOD?

Teaching has changed dramatically with the advent of the smart phone. Perhaps you actively encourage students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), or maybe you’ve given up on trying to police students’ behavior in the classroom. Either way, your educational goals may ultimately be tempered by this one course policy.

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Should You Connect with Students on Social Media?

Should You Connect with Students on Social Media?

If you are going to retweet, friend, follow, or otherwise connect with your students on social media, make an informed decision about this one ethical boundary in which many institutions provide little guidance.

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Establishing Yourself in Your Career: Why You Should Consider Warmth and Competence

Establishing Yourself in Your Career: Why You Should Consider Warmth and Competence

As you start your career, you may consider going into academia or industry. Either way, the career path you choose can affect how others view you—even without knowing anything about you. This type of stereotyping allows people to make fast decisions about a person’s intentions. Is this person good or bad? So how will others perceive you when you begin your new career?

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Should Grad Students Care About Course Evaluations?

Should Grad Students Care About Course Evaluations?

If you’re even remotely considering going into academia, you will need to gain as much teaching experience as you can. Part of teaching is the dreaded course evaluations. Whether you are teaching a solo class or are simply a teaching assistant, should you care about course evaluations?

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Customer Service Model in Higher Education: What You Should Know

Customer Service Model in Higher Education: What You Should Know

As a grad student, I often joked with people about how we must cater to the needs of undergrads. Their parents were paying big bucks, and who would want their little snowflake to feel the pangs of disappointment? It wasn’t until my first year as an assistant professor that I heard the term “customer service” applied to students in a serious, non-satirical manner.

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Confessions of a Mommy-Professor: How I Handled Parenthood and Job Demands as a College Professor

Confessions of a Mommy-Professor: How I Handled Parenthood and Job Demands as a College Professor

Working parents (and moms, especially) have muddled through the demands of raising their children and doing work for thousands of years. As a mom and young assistant professor, I have some confessions I’d like to share—the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Making a Syllabus - What Course Policies Should You Include?

Making a Syllabus - What Course Policies Should You Include?

In creating your college syllabus, what course policies should you include? These tips may help you write a syllabus that clearly communicates your policies to your students.

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Teaching a Class? Things to Consider When Creating Your College Syllabus

Teaching a Class? Things to Consider When Creating Your College Syllabus

If you’re teaching a college class for the first time, making and writing your syllabus is no easy task. Be sure to consider these things before the first day of classes.

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Academic Job Search? 3 Rules You Must Follow

Academic Job Search? 3 Rules You Must Follow

Decided academia is right for you? Here are 3 rules to guide you in your job search.

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Don’t Worry if You Mess Up

Don’t Worry if You Mess Up

Lots of grad students are afraid of failure. Let me tell you about one of my biggest mess-ups in grad school (and they still let me graduate)!

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New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

New Grad Student? Become a Great Job Candidate Now! Part 2

Perhaps you’re anticipating entering your first year of grad school or maybe you’re just starting your graduate career. There’s a lot to take in during your first couple years, but now is the perfect time to become the superstar job candidate when you graduate.

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Welcome to BillG's Blog!

Welcome to BillG's Blog!

This blog will be a place where I will be discussing many aspects of academic life, and share experiences from my previous graduate career at the University of Oregon Institute of Molecular Biology, to my current role as a senior postdoc with both research  (studying Molecular Developmental Biology at Stony Brook University) and teaching (at Brooklyn College) components, and hopefully in the future to describe the search and transition to a tenure track academic position.  

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