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Best of February from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Thursday, February 29, 2024 11:00:00 AM

How to Use AI Effectively Throughout Your Job Search

Looking for your next role? Consider these tips for engaging in an AI-powered job search that will get you noticed by employers in the right way.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Nonpartisan Engagement of Student Voters

How does an institution remain bipartisan (or nonpartisan) while educating students about when, where, why, and how to register and cast a ballot?

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 8:00:00 AM

How Colleges Can Improve Students’ Financial Literacy

Is your institution providing financial education to students in order to prepare them for loan repayment?

Monday, February 26, 2024 9:00:00 AM

What to Do When Your Academic Research Agenda is Stalled

It is easy to fall into a state of paralysis or even quiet despair when it comes to research productivity, but it is never too late to change your patterns and restart your research and publication agenda.

Friday, February 23, 2024 7:00:00 AM

Eating Disorders: Is Your Institution Doing Enough to Help Prevent Them?

Transitioning into a college environment can be a trigger for eating disorders. Explore strategies that might help to prevent and address them among your student population.

Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:00:00 PM

Understanding the Historic Mission of Historically Black and Predominantly Black Community Colleges

Are you familiar with the history of Historically Black and Primarily Black community colleges and their approaches to serving their students?

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 9:00:00 AM

How to Create an Effective Marketing Strategy for Your Program or School

How can you leverage existing resources to create and execute a low-budget marketing plan and increase visibility for your program or school?

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Department of Education Releases 2023 Update to Equity Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released the 2023 Update to its Equity Action Plan.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024 9:00:00 AM

Starting a New Job? Consider These Strategies for Success

What strategies and attitudes can you employ during your early days on a new job in order to thrive?

Monday, February 19, 2024 8:00:00 AM

U.S. Department of Education Announces Latest Steps to Support Schools and Students with Better FAFSA

The U.S. Department of Education has introduced new steps to help colleges prepare to process student financial aid forms as efficiently as possible.

Friday, February 16, 2024 9:00:00 AM

Breaking the Gender Binary: Fostering Inclusivity for Transgender and Nonbinary Students, Faculty, and Staff

Take a look at how the gender binary is ingrained in each of us from birth, how it is perpetuated in higher education, and how we might break this Cycle of Socialization.

Thursday, February 15, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Fall in Love with a Career in Higher Ed This Valentine’s Day

Whether you're "just seeing what's out there," already going steady with a profession in higher ed, or want to set up a friend with the field of academia, there are a ton of reasons to fall in love with a career in higher ed.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 7:00:00 AM

How Learning Centers Benefit the Campus Community

Learning centers are a valuable tool for students' success throughout their time on campus.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 7:00:00 AM

Why Authority is the Hardest Part of Evaluating a Job Opportunity

The authority you will have in a potential new role can be murky and yet consequential to your success and job satisfaction.

Monday, February 12, 2024 9:00:00 AM

Considering the Role of Trigger Warnings in Course Syllabi

Examining the benefits and limitations of trigger warnings can help institutions and educators make more informed decisions for everyone's educational benefit.

Friday, February 9, 2024 8:00:00 AM

7 Strategies to Help Gifted Autistic Students Succeed in College

Self-advocacy and taking initiative have proven critical for autistic students who are also gifted, new research shows.

Thursday, February 8, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Searching for Leaders in Higher Education

A president emeritus shares how to conduct an honest and active search for your institution's next leader.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 9:00:00 AM

4 Ways to Prepare for Your New Job

Starting a new job soon? Feeling a bit uncertain as your start date draws near? Consider these four things you can do to lay the groundwork for success.

Monday, February 5, 2024 9:00:00 AM

Is the Platform Model the Future of Higher Ed?

The platform university model could be one of the most promising new business models for the higher ed sector.

Friday, February 2, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Best of January from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Managing Fight or Flight for Improved Thinking and Well-Being

Do you constantly have "fight or flight" reactions at work? Learning to manage those responses will improve both your health and workplace relationships.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 4:00:00 AM

The Rise of Mid-Life Transition Programs on College Campuses

In this Higher Ed Careers interview, the executive director of Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute discusses the rise of mid-life transition programs and how higher ed can help older adults plan for their next 20-30 years.

Monday, January 29, 2024 3:00:00 AM

HyFlex: A Term Worth Embracing

Meeting the unique needs of today's learners requires a flexible approach. Could HyFlex be the answer?

Friday, January 26, 2024 3:00:00 AM

HBCUs Can Help Reverse the Black College Enrollment Recession

Black college and university enrollment has been dropping at alarming rates. HBCUs could help reverse this trend if given the right support.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 1:11:15 PM

Small Teaching for Big Impact

You don't have to rebuild your pedagogy from the ground up in order to improve your experience in the classroom and your overall course delivery.

Monday, January 22, 2024 3:00:00 AM

CUPA-HR Data Highlights Trends in Representation and Pay Equity in the Higher Education Workforce, Updated for 2023

Get a glimpse at the progress made in the higher education workforce, as well as disparities that exist, as told by the workforce surveys from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Friday, January 19, 2024 3:00:00 AM

A Roadmap for Crisis Management

A former university president says this book is an important primer for leaders of universities and other organizations to read when thinking about their crisis communications plan.

Thursday, January 18, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Success Strategies for Leaders New to Managing Remote Teams

Are you new to managing a remote team? Consider these strategies for success.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Returning to the Faculty After Leadership

Check out episode 45 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 2:30:16 AM

Helping Students Master Time Management

Time management is a valuable tool that can affect students' academic performance and their stress levels. Faculty members can teach students the importance of this skill and help them hone it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Leading with First-Gen Students in Mind

How can you make sure your campus is prepared to support and retain first-gen students? The assistant vice president of NASPA's Center for First-generation Student Success shares best practices for institutional leaders to employ.

Monday, January 15, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Some Americans Will Get Their Student Loans Canceled in February as Biden Accelerates His New Plan

The Biden administration's new SAVE repayment plan is being accelerated to provide faster relief to borrowers.

Saturday, January 13, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Beyond Policies: Strategies for Trans/Nonbinary Inclusion in Higher Education

How can higher education institutions create environments that meet the needs of transgender and nonbinary faculty, staff, and students? Consider these six steps.

Friday, January 12, 2024 2:00:00 AM

How to Respond to Changes at Work with ‘Rugged Flexibility’

Higher education professionals are often resistant to change, but it is inevitable. Knowing how to survive and thrive in its midst is a far better approach than simply reacting emotionally.

Thursday, January 11, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: Should I Allow a Prospective Employer to Contact My Current One?

An HR expert reflects on whether you should allow prospective employers to contact your current supervisors and whether your choice will hurt your candidacy.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Helping Abrasive Leaders Turn Their Management Styles Around

How can leadership respond to an abrasive manager whose behavior is causing employees distress and disrupting the department's functioning? Here's what we can learn from Dr. Laura Crawshaw, the Boss Whisperer and recent HigherEdJobs Podcast guest.

Monday, January 8, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Be Present This New Year

What can faculty members do to increase their productivity in the spring semester? Here are a few ideas.

Friday, January 5, 2024 3:00:00 AM

ChatGPT is Not the Calculator: The Implications of Generative AI for Education and Writing

Many have likened ChatGPT to the calculator, the printing press, the word processor, and the internet in terms of its impact on writing and education. Two higher education professionals argue that the impact of chatbots like this is much more worrisome.

Thursday, January 4, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Hiring Challenges Persist for Higher Ed

Higher education is still facing hiring challenges even though we are past the pandemic.

Tuesday, January 2, 2024 3:00:00 AM

Workplace Resolutions for the New Year

Many of us set personal resolutions for the new year, but what about ones for the workplace?

Monday, January 1, 2024 3:00:00 AM

What the Higher Education Community Learned in 2023

Before we jump into 2024, let's take a moment to reflect on this past year in the higher education industry and the experiences it brought.

Friday, December 29, 2023 2:00:00 AM

These Programs Make College Possible for Students with Developmental Disabilities

Inclusive postsecondary education programs help students with intellectual disabilities make friends and become independent adults.

Thursday, December 28, 2023 3:00:00 AM

10 Questions for Self-Reflection as We Begin the New Year

The winter break is a chance for rest, relaxation, and reflection. To help you reflect on your career and plan for the next semester, here are 10 questions to consider.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023 3:00:00 AM

How to Showcase Nontraditional Experience in Job Interviews

Some of the most compelling examples of skills that employers value come from nontraditional experience. The key is to know how to market them in your interview.

Tuesday, December 26, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Don't Make Assumptions When Engaging Your Alumni

Check out episode 41 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!

Friday, December 22, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Disparities Remain Among College Administrators: How to Improve Representation and Pay Equity

As colleges and universities strive to build campus cultures of inclusion, evaluating representation and equity at the top is a critical step.

Thursday, December 21, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: What Does a Search Committee Look for in Teaching and Diversity Statements?

Though applications often ask what your teaching or diversity philosophies are, what employers really want to know is if they align with those of the institution.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Pioneering Student Success: Lessons from Rural Institutions

How can higher education institutions meet the changing expectations of today's students? We may find some inspiration in rural colleges and universities.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 2:00:00 AM

3 Realities to Know Before Starting a DEI Career in Higher Education

Two student affairs professionals share three practical lessons they've learned about higher education careers in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Monday, December 18, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Navigating Applicant Tracking Systems in Your Job Search

Applicant tracking systems have created some undeniable challenges for job seekers, but with some education about this technology, you can bolster your chances of making it past the ATS and on to the interview round.

Friday, December 15, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Supporting First-Gen Community College Students

Through strategic internal and external partnerships, community colleges have the opportunity to create significant change in the lives of their first-generation students.

Thursday, December 14, 2023 3:00:00 AM

The Former President/Provost/Dean is Now a Faculty Member in My Department: Now What?

Having a former dean, provost, or president join your department after stepping down from administrative duties can be awkward. Consider these tips to support, evaluate, and manage these former executives.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023 3:00:00 AM

3 (False) Claims Against Remote Work

The debate continues over remote work in higher education, but these three common "justifications" for requiring on-campus work are becoming weaker.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Setting Grad Students Up for Success: How Faculty Can Support Students’ Career Exploration

In this Higher Ed Careers interview, experts in the graduate career field share how faculty can better support and mentor their graduate students as they explore careers both in and outside of academia.

Monday, December 11, 2023 3:00:00 AM

9 Steps to Hiring Anywhere for Higher Education

If you are hiring employees in new states, here's what you need to know to stay compliant.

Saturday, December 9, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Advancing Women Leaders in Higher Education

Recent data shows that there is still a disproportionate number of women in leadership positions. Here are several lessons on how institutions can support the advancement of women leaders.

Friday, December 8, 2023 2:00:00 AM

The Great Debate: Are Cover Letters Dead?

Employers still have differing opinions on whether a cover letter is necessary. So, where does that leave candidates, especially when a cover letter is not listed as a requirement in the job posting?

Thursday, December 7, 2023 3:00:00 AM

How Universities Can Develop Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

As universities face significant revenue and cost pressures in their core business, there are new areas of opportunity they can lean into, say the authors of "Knowledge Towns."

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: I’m Getting Interviews but No Offers. What Else Can I Do to Be Competitive?

It can be frustrating when several job interviews have not resulted in tangible offers. An HR expert explains what problems could be at play.

Tuesday, December 5, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Boosting Confidence for ESL Students: How Faculty Can Help Them Overcome Language Hurdles

For many international students, English is their second or third language, and they may not be fully confident in their English-speaking skills. However, instructors can play a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth transition.

Monday, December 4, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Bolstering Your Advancement Team for a Successful 2024

Closing out the year with these strategies in mind will help you get your advancement team off to a good start in 2024 and beyond.

Saturday, December 2, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Tips to Reduce Stress and Build Meaningful Connections at Work

How can HR professionals help reduce employee stress and create a more meaningful, inclusive, and productive workplace?

Friday, December 1, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Best of November from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Thursday, November 30, 2023 2:00:00 AM

The Essentials of Evaluating and Negotiating a New Faculty Position

Take a deep dive into some of the considerations that faculty members should entertain before pursuing and accepting a new role.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Meeting Student-Athletes Where They Are: Community College Athletic Programs

In this Higher Ed Careers interview, the director of athletics and recreational programs at the College of DuPage discusses the value of athletics for students at the community college level and shares how the college redesigned its athletic program to better serve students.

Monday, November 27, 2023 3:00:00 AM

How to Support Student Mental Health This Academic Year

The student mental health crisis is an issue that requires collaboration from the entire campus community, cautions a new report from the American Council on Education.

Friday, November 24, 2023 3:00:00 AM

4 Resources for Processing (and Moving Forward) after a Job Loss

Losing a job takes a toll, and it can be difficult to know what next steps to take. Consider these four resources as you navigate this difficult situation.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Unleashing the Power of GivingTuesday

Next week is GivingTuesday. As you consider ways to be generous and which organizations to support, here are some things to consider.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 3:00:00 AM

How to Make Your Non-Academic Writing Easier to Read

Non-academic writing can be tricky, but these tips help ensure your writing is clear, concise, memorable, and easy for outside audiences to read.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Intent and Impact: Taking Responsibility for Our Actions and Reactions

There is a longstanding debate about "intent vs. impact" when it comes to things we say and how they are perceived. The following suggestions can help both the speaker and recipient to avoid confusion about intent vs. impact.

Monday, November 20, 2023 2:00:00 AM

How Returning to the Faculty Can Be a Win-Win for Leaders and Their Universities

Most colleges are not asking the right questions about senior academic leadership transitions. For the best chances of success, consider these four tips.

Friday, November 17, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Promoting Rural Inclusion in Higher Education

Two scholars explain why we need rural people and voices in higher education. Rural inclusion has benefits for both these communities and colleges and universities, they say.

Thursday, November 16, 2023 5:00:00 AM

CUPA-HR Submits Comments in Response to DOL’s Overtime Rulemaking

CUPA-HR speaks out in response to the Department of Labor's proposal to update the salary threshold for the "white collar" exemptions to the FLSA overtime pay requirements.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Creating Inclusive Celebrations and Observances All Year Round

If you are planning a holiday celebration, it's a good time to take inventory of who and what these festivities center and ask how they can be more inclusive.

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Success Strategies for First-Round and Campus Interviews

Have you been invited for a first-round or campus interview for a faculty position? Keep these considerations in mind as you prepare.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 8:57:50 AM

Faculty Success, Retention, and Avoiding Burnout in STEM

Check out episode 40 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 3:56:34 AM

Solving Higher Education’s Newest Challenge: Employee Retention

While colleges work to overcome economic challenges and remain competitive, another problem has been growing quietly: employee retention.

Monday, November 13, 2023 9:00:00 AM

Community College Baccalaureate Programs: Changing Lives and Communities

Angela Kersenbrock, president of the Community College Baccalaureate Association, shares how community college baccalaureates are impacting students and their communities.

Friday, November 10, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Choosing a Career Based on Craft, College, or Cause

When it comes to managing your career, you also can't have it all. You have to make choices or tradeoffs. According to one model, there are three areas you can focus on in your career -- which will you pick?

Thursday, November 9, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Diversity Officers: No Unicorns, Just Determined Leaders

Reports have found that chief diversity officers need greater support and resources, especially in today's higher education landscape.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Thoughtfully Pursuing First-Gen Students Recruitment

First-generation students have become a highly sought-after group for colleges to recruit. While these students' needs vary significantly from those of continuing-generation students, changes to accommodate them can help everyone on campus.

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 3:00:00 AM

At a Professional Crossroads? The 'Good Enough' Framework Can Help

The "Good Enough" framework from "Designing Your Work Life" can help you reframe your perspective on your current position and make progress while considering your next move.

Monday, November 6, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Africa: The Next Frontier for Study Abroad

Some forecast that Africa is the next land of opportunity for institutional partnerships and study abroad experiences.

Friday, November 3, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Best of October from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything in October, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 11:31:51 AM

Developing a Habit of Delivering Frequent but Informal Feedback

Do your managers and department leaders effectively use praise and real-time feedback? Employee recognition can play a crucial role in retaining your top talent.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 7:59:48 AM

Empowering Women in Higher Education: Lessons Learned

Explore some of the lessons shared in the Women's Leadership Speaker Series (presented by ACE and the ACE Women's Network Executive Council) that you can apply to your career.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 4:00:00 AM

5 Things Higher Education Leaders Can Do to Foster Workplace Belonging for Faculty and Staff

Today's academic job market is competitive. While salaries matter, fostering workplace belonging can also give colleges and universities an advantage in attracting talent.

Monday, October 30, 2023 6:53:06 AM

How Search Committees Can Be Bias Disrupters Against Ageism

While search committees tend to be conscious of potential biases based on gender, race, and sexual orientation, they may not be as aware of ageism. Here's a look at some of the ways these committees can combat it.

Friday, October 27, 2023 12:04:39 PM

Lessons Learned from Collaborative Academic Writing

A scholar shares three tips for engaging in successful team-based research and collaborative academic writing.

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 5:00:00 AM

3 Questions to Consider When Applying for a Faculty Position

The peak academic job search season is now underway. Consider these three questions as you put together your application materials.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Get Out of the Silo: The Case for Staff Cross-Training

With the rise of remote work and new technology, siloed work has become the new normal for too many staff on college campuses. Breaking out of silos and intentionally cross-training staff can improve efficiency and service to students.

Monday, October 23, 2023 2:12:16 PM

In Defense of Work Friendships

Making genuine connections with colleagues and forming authentic friendships can be a profound asset in your professional and personal life.

Friday, October 20, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Basic Needs Insecurity Among Your Students May Be Higher Than You Think

Basic needs insecurity may be more prevalent at community colleges, but it certainly isn't exclusive to them. Two community colleges leading the way provide a roadmap for other institutions interested in boosting students' access to essential services.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How and When Can I Ask about Opportunities for Growth?

An HR expert shares advice for discussing growth opportunities with your supervisor. The first step is to determine if they are supportive or not.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Facing the Headwind: NASPA President Shares His View on the Future of Student Affairs

Dr. Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA, discusses the current state of the student affairs profession, the challenges that lie ahead, and advice for early career student affairs professionals.

Monday, October 16, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Having Basic Needs Met is Vital to Student Success

In this Higher Ed Careers interview, the director of UC Berkeley's basic needs center discusses the structural and systemic drivers behind many students' basic needs insecurity and offers insight into programming that can help students with basic needs and, ultimately, persistence and graduation.

Monday, October 16, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Laying the Groundwork: What Leaders Should Do Now to Return to the Faculty One Day

Returning to the faculty from an administrative post can be difficult. Senior leaders hoping to transition back someday should consider these tips for laying the foundation now.

Friday, October 13, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Addressing Difficult Topics in an Interview

All job seekers have topics that will be difficult to discuss in an interview, and they can feel like landmines. However, with some strategic planning, you can confidently navigate these discussions.

Thursday, October 12, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Prioritizing Equity, Justice, and Liberation at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Part 2

In part two of this Q&A, Dr. Gina Ann Garcia, a professor at UC Berkeley's School of Education, shares more ways to center and truly serve students at Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 1:00:00 PM

Prioritizing Equity, Justice, and Liberation at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Part 1

In part one of this Q&A, HigherEdJobs speaks with Dr. Gina Ann Garcia, a professor at UC Berkeley's School of Education, about ways to center and truly serve students at Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Key Focus Areas for Emerging Cabinet-Level Leaders

As you work towards a cabinet-level leadership role, you can equip yourself for success by familiarizing yourself with these key focus areas.

Monday, October 9, 2023 5:00:00 AM

The Continuing Importance of Academic Tenure

Over the years, the professoriate has shifted from mostly full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty positions to mostly part-time, adjunct, contingent, or otherwise non-tenure track. A president emeritus discusses the issues that come with this shift and advocates for the protection of tenure.

Friday, October 6, 2023 7:11:08 AM

Survey Analysis: Why Higher Education Employees are Leaving Their Jobs

New research from CUPA-HR reveals that higher education professionals are on the move, especially those outside of the faculty ranks. Here's a look at why administrators and staff are so eager to leave.

Thursday, October 5, 2023 5:00:00 AM

10 Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing

If you're looking for a quick refresher as you prepare to shine in your upcoming interview, consider these 10 basic do's and don'ts.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023 4:00:00 AM

The Untold Story of How Howard University Came to Be Known as ‘The Mecca’

While it's widely believed that Howard University came to be known as "The Mecca" in the 1960s, new evidence shows the nickname is more than half a century older than that.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Fight Meeting Fatigue: Think About Why, How Often You’re Gathering

Are the meetings that you hold worth everyone's time and effort? Managers need to rethink their meetings, especially in an era when meeting fatigue is common.

Monday, October 2, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Best of September from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Saturday, September 30, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Cultivating a Vibrant Institutional Culture

Culture is one of the many aspects that affect employee satisfaction and ultimately an institution's success. To foster an innovative institutional culture, consider these vital components.

Friday, September 29, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Employee Retention in Higher Ed Remains a Challenge

Voluntary turnover in higher education remains high, according to new research from College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).

Thursday, September 28, 2023 4:00:00 AM

An Inside Look at the 2023 National HBCU Week Conference

HCBU leaders, faculty, staff, students, and champions gathered this week to celebrate, support each other, and consider the future.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 11:35:49 AM

Why Everyone Should be Involved in Campus Safety

In this Higher Ed Careers interview, Andrew Hibel speaks with a deputy chief of police at the University of Illinois Police Department (Champaign/Urbana) about common threats to campus safety, the role campus safety officers play, and how to educate students to keep themselves safe.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Can I Obscure Inexperience in an Area on a CV?

A former chief human resources officer shares how to present yourself as a strong candidate even when you lack experience in a particular area.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 5:00:00 AM

From Support to Ownership: Work Motivation in Challenging Environments

Leaders face challenges when asking for commitment or ownership, particularly with employees who have created stricter boundaries for themselves post-pandemic. Here are some suggestions for creating a culture of ownership.

Monday, September 25, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Take Your Heart Off Your Sleeve Before You Start Your Job Search

The rigors of the job search can take a toll if you don't have a good self-care strategy. Here's what to remember as you gear up for your search.

Thursday, September 21, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Talking About Disability Inclusion on Your Campus

Check out episode 37 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 8:51:12 AM

Sustainability in Higher Ed: Good for the Environment and Your Campus

Higher education institutions have the potential to transform our nation's sustainability efforts. Whether your institution is starting small or is excelling like this year's winners of the Excellence in Sustainability Award, there are many different solutions that can be adopted.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 4:00:00 AM

5 Campus Novels to Enjoy as You Dive Into the New Semester

Looking to read a campus novel to celebrate the excitement of the new academic year? Here are five recommendations.

Monday, September 18, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Myth vs. Reality: Returning to the Faculty

Academic leaders who return to the faculty often find that their campus colleagues misunderstand what they are doing and why. Here are a few myths and realities you should know about this common transition.

Friday, September 15, 2023 4:00:00 AM

5 Basic Mistakes That May be Hurting Your Candidacy

Employers shed light on some of the basic mistakes they are still seeing from candidates. Ask yourself these five questions to see if you're making any of them.

Thursday, September 14, 2023 5:00:00 AM

5 Things to Know About Your Job References

A recent microsurvey of employers by HigherEdJobs indicated that 96% of employers still check references. Consider these best practices regarding your job references.

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Can I Reconcile a Performance Review that Didn't Go As Expected?

An HR professional weighs in on how employees can handle performance reviews that don't go as expected.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Look for These 8 Signs of a Positive Work Culture During Your Interview

On-campus interviews and conversations with hiring managers and prospective colleagues are the prime time to identify and evaluate workplace culture. Here are some signs you've found a positive one.

Monday, September 11, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Forget Most Rankings, Find the Right Fit

College faculty and staff can educate prospective students and families about the importance of choosing an institution based on fit, not rankings, even as they describe the virtues of their home campus.

Friday, September 8, 2023 6:40:35 AM

5 Things to Remove from Your Resume (And What to Replace Them With)

With only a short timeframe to pique an employer's interest, make sure you're choosing your words on your resume and cover letter wisely.

Thursday, September 7, 2023 4:00:00 AM

What Can We Learn from Our Conflicts?

We have a lot to learn from our conflicts. If we take the time to reflect on those lessons, we will develop confidence and the ability to manage conflict and achieve better outcomes.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 5:00:00 AM

First-Time Managers Often Ill-Prepared for New Role

Rookie managers thrown into their new roles with little or no training can not only cause stress for employees but also cause them to leave the organization.

Friday, September 1, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Best of August from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything in August, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Thursday, August 31, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Strategic Questions to Ask Going into an Interview

Knowing what questions are appropriate to ask going into an interview can be a shot in the dark. A panel of higher ed human resources professionals shares insight on what candidates can and should ask.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Why Campuses Need to Boost Physical Activity to Address Mental Health

Colleges have raced to address the mental health crisis among students, often boosting counseling services. However, physical activity and support for employees are vital considerations that colleges may be missing.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Strategies for Retaining Your Faculty of Color

What institutional policies, actions, and commitments can be implemented to support the retention of faculty of color?

Monday, August 28, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Despite Giving Students Chances to Cheat, Unsupervised Online Exams Gauge Student Learning Comparably to In-Person Exams

A recent study shows that students perform roughly the same on online exams as they do on in-person exams, so faculty may not need to worry about cheating during online exams.

Friday, August 25, 2023 5:02:39 AM

You Don’t Have to Write Your Resume/CV Alone

Are you struggling to write or revamp your resume? Interactions with peers, students, and supervisors can serve as inspiration.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 4:00:00 AM

HBCU Medical Schools Growing in Number

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the number of Black medical schools in the country is growing.

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Staff of International Student and Scholar Offices Need Help: How Institutions Can Support Them

Staff of international student and scholar offices (ISSOs) have had a difficult few years and are often caught in the crossfire of changing international policies. Here's an inside look at the challenges and needs of these staff members.

Monday, August 21, 2023 5:00:00 AM

The Transformative Power of Fellowship Programs Through Associations

Participating in fellowships is one of the ways we can keep up with trends, continually sharpen our skills, and grow as professionals. Former fellows from the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Program share how the experience transformed their careers.

Friday, August 18, 2023 5:54:24 AM

Gratitude and Adaptability in Your Life and Career

Check out episode 35 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!

Thursday, August 17, 2023 5:08:48 AM

Managing Conflict to Support Employee Engagement and Wellbeing

Unresolved conflict can have serious implications on employee engagement, yet many organizations put little emphasis on addressing this problem.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 4:00:00 AM

You Do Not Go to College to Get a Job, You Go to College to Get an Education

Recent polling suggests that public confidence in higher education is at an all-time low. One college president is calling upon college leaders, scholars, and business executives to join voices in clarifying what should and should not be expected from higher education.

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Top 10 Reasons to Become an Administrator in Higher Education

If you're moving into higher education administration, you need a compelling reason to share. Here are some of the top reasons for moving to administration. What's yours?

Monday, August 14, 2023 5:00:00 AM

How to Stay Healthy When You’re in the Wrong Job

Finding yourself in the wrong job can feel deeply disorienting, but some clarity, support, and emotional discipline can help you dislodge yourself and move forward.

Monday, August 14, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Expanding Mental Health Support for Student-Athletes

Mental health concerns among student-athletes have garnered increased awareness in recent years. As awareness grows, many athletics departments are striving to expand support for this student population.

Friday, August 11, 2023 9:00:00 AM

The Benefits of an AI Academic Center Go Beyond Just Your Institution

Is your institution thinking of building an AI center? Keep these Knowledge Towns strategies in mind.

Thursday, August 10, 2023 4:00:00 AM

What Higher Ed Should Know about the Giving USA Report

Giving USA's 2023 Annual Report on Philanthropy is now available. See how higher education fared in charitable giving last year and what it means for advancement professionals and institutions in general.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Offering Social Connections for Students During an Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation

As the country faces a loneliness epidemic, faculty may want to consider incorporating opportunities for social connectivity into their classes.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Online Education: Emerging Trends in University Learning Management Systems

At one time, Blackboard dominated the learning management system (LMS) industry. Today, the market share continues to diversify. Here's a breakdown of the popular LMSs and their strengths and weaknesses.

Monday, August 7, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Work Hard, Play Hard: Nurturing Your Career and Hobbies

As professionals fixate on career goals and 'free time' dwindles, hobbies are often abandoned. Yet, nurturing your interests outside of work can actually benefit your career.

Friday, August 4, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Why Putting Off College Math Can Be a Good Idea

Putting off college math for a year could improve students' likelihood of remaining in college.

Thursday, August 3, 2023 4:14:23 AM

Cultivating Citizenship in Our Students

"The Bill of Obligations" helps answer how colleges and universities can foster good character and active citizenship.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Employees Skipping Out on Wellness Checks

New research shows that a significant number of employees are skipping important wellness and health checks, which is only exacerbating the recent declines seen in employee well-being.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 3:03:44 AM

Virtual Reality Speaker Series: Exploring the Cutting-Edge of Technology and Art

Virtual reality has emerged as a powerful tool in the world of art, transforming the way we experience and create. Tufts University's Virtual Reality Speaker Series explores the possibilities.

Tuesday, August 1, 2023 5:19:12 AM

Best of July from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Monday, July 31, 2023 5:00:00 AM

What Every Faculty Member and Administrator Should Know About Helping Students with Disabilities

Accommodations requests can take time to fulfill. That is why colleges and individual instructors must prepare courses to be as highly accessible as possible from the beginning and lay the groundwork for accommodations before students begin coursework.

Monday, July 31, 2023 5:00:00 AM

5 Quotes to Get You Through the Worst Days of Job Searching

Job searching can be tedious, frustrating, and even disheartening from time to time. These words of wisdom may help to inspire you and keep you motivated.

Friday, July 28, 2023 4:00:00 AM

How Will the Affirmative Action Ruling Affect the College Essay?

Since the Supreme Court's affirmative action decision doesn't prohibit universities from considering an applicant's discussion of how race affected his or her life, students of color must decide whether to include their background in their essays and how to do it.

Wednesday, July 26, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Why Aren't More Community College Students Returning to Fully In-Person Classes?

Community college students don't seem to be returning to in-person classes at pre-pandemic rates. Why do students continue to choose remote and hybrid courses? And does online instruction serve them well?

Monday, July 24, 2023 4:00:00 AM

A Helpful Guide for Students and Parents

A new book, "Metrics That Matter," examines popular methodologies used by prospective students and parents for evaluating colleges and guides them on which metrics actually matter.

Friday, July 21, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Designing Your Fall Courses to Optimize Student Success

In this Higher Ed Careers interview, the director of Gonzaga University's Center for Teaching and Advising shares essential elements to consider in your fall course design and tips for building a community of support.

Thursday, July 20, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Pandemic Effects on Prospective Students Linger: What Colleges Can Do

Recent studies illustrate the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on prospective college students. Colleges and universities striving to maximize student recruitment, success, and well-being must address these challenges.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023 4:00:00 AM

All of Us, Not Some of Us: An Effective Leadership Strategy

As the student bodies of our institutions become more diverse, so too must our leadership. One seasoned leader says we must remember that "none of us is as smart as all of us."

Monday, July 17, 2023 4:00:00 AM

2023 National Admitted Student Survey: Key Findings and Takeaways

The 2023 National Admitted Student Survey from Hanover Research provides valuable insights into students' enrollment decisions, their current perception of the value of a college education, and the types of support they need from their college during their first year.

Friday, July 14, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Pursuit of ‘The Good Enough Job’ in Higher Education

Oftentimes, in academia, we let others define what's sufficient. When it comes to your job, focus on what you decide is a "good enough" one.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Neglected Links in Collegiate Governance

Campus middle managers are the closest to current and prospective students. Yet, they are often a neglected voice in campus governance.

Monday, July 10, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Finding the Right President

"Finding competent, visionary, effective presidents is still possible," says the author of "From Protest to President." However, he says that higher education succession is deeply flawed and outlines several mistakes boards make when choosing a president.

Friday, July 7, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Closing a Chapter: Navigating the Emotions of a Job Change

Comfort and success in your current position may make it difficult to take the next natural step in your career. How do you know when it's time to move on, and how do you leave a job you enjoy?

Thursday, July 6, 2023 5:00:00 AM

A 2003 Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affirmative Action planted the seeds of its overturning, as Justices Then and Now Thought Racism an Easily Solved Problem

The Supreme Court's decision to eliminate affirmative action programs sent shock waves across the US and is expected to impact racial diversity throughout society.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023 4:00:00 AM

The Verdict is in on Student Loan Forgiveness: What’s the Next Move?

Last week, in a 6-3 decision, the conservative majority struck down President Biden's plan to provide up to $20,000 in loan forgiveness to over 40 million borrowers. What happens now?

Monday, July 3, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Can Pay Transparency Reduce Employee Turnover?

New research from Payscale highlights the impact pay transparency has on both attracting and retaining employees.

Monday, July 3, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Best of June from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything in June, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Friday, June 30, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Rules for Fair Fighting at Work

Not all conflict can -- or necessarily should -- be resolved. However, if you are in conflict with a co-worker, consider these guardrails.

Thursday, June 29, 2023 5:00:00 AM

The Missed Opportunity: Student Affairs and Human Resources Collaboration to [Re]engage College Communities

"Why can't the [student affairs and human resources] of the institution collaborate to create programming and plan activities for the entire college community inclusive of the president, faculty, staff, administration, and students?," asks a higher education leader.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Debunking the Myth of Hiring the “Best and Brightest” Candidates

The "best candidate" is often based upon a group of preconceived notions, assumptions, potential biases, or a series of preferences. Instead, it should be contextual and based upon an organization's needs.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Managing the Campus Experience Under an Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation

In May, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory on the country's epidemic of loneliness and isolation -- yet another reminder that colleges must address student mental health and wellness.

Monday, June 26, 2023 4:00:00 AM

6 of 8 Ivy Leagues Will Soon Have Women as Presidents -- an Expert Explains Why This Matters

For the first time, a majority of Ivy League schools will soon be led by women, but U.S. colleges and universities still have a long way to go.

Friday, June 23, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Balancing Work and Life in the Summer

Check out episode 34 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 12:02:22 PM

Don’t Limit Your Cooldowns and Work Cycles to Semester Breaks

Semester breaks are great for collective restoration among higher education professionals, but it's equally important to have your own work rhythm (beyond the academic calendar) to cool down every so often.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 4:00:00 AM

2023 HigherEdMilitary Spotlight Award Recipient Named

Congratulations to the 2023 HigherEdMilitary Spotlight Award recipient!

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 8:01:14 AM

Supporting International LGBTQ+ Students During Pride Month and All Year Round!

In conversations about better serving LGBTQ+ students, it's important to include discussions of intersectionality. LGBTQ+ international students, for example, face unique challenges and require support tailored to their experience.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 5:00:00 AM

The Higher Ed Jobs of the Future that Even ChatGPT Does Not Predict

It seems that few institutions under pressure are pursuing Knowledge Enterprise strategies. Here are activities it could include and some jobs it might entail.

Monday, June 19, 2023 5:00:00 AM

When Leadership Fails: The Board’s Role

The tenure of college presidents is the shortest it has ever been, and the turnover rate is the highest. Though times are challenging, this turbulence is often due to failures and mistakes made by boards of trustees, says the president emeritus & board distinguished fellow of Thomas Edison State University.

Friday, June 16, 2023 4:04:52 AM

Fostering Constructive Conflict Engagement in the Workplace

Some conflicts may not resolve easily -- or ever. That is why leaders need to foster conditions that support practices for constructive conflict engagement.

Thursday, June 15, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Creative Solutions Can Ensure DEI Work Endures Despite Constraints

Recent and future legislative bans may force colleges and universities to explore innovative and creative approaches to promote DEI values.

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Candidates Reveal 4 Biggest Red Flags in Job Interviews

New data analysis reveals the top statements for recruiters, employers, and search committee members to avoid when speaking with candidates.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Understanding Juneteenth and What It Means for Your Campus

As a newly recognized holiday, questions still linger -- not only about how to celebrate Juneteenth but its significance in regard to higher education.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 5:00:00 AM

“The Time to Act is Now”: Campus Pride Executive Director Urges Colleges to Keep Moving the Needle

In this higher ed careers interview, the founder/executive director of Campus Pride discusses the challenges LGBTQ+ students face today, particularly anti-LGBTQ legislation, and shares how colleges and universities can evaluate and improve their campus climate.

Monday, June 12, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Professional Summaries: A Resume Faux Pas?

Most people agree that resumes shouldn't have career objectives these days, but what about professional summaries?

Sunday, June 11, 2023 5:00:00 AM

How to Avoid Gender Assumptions and Mistakes in the Classroom

Consider these guidelines for creating a safe and welcoming space for transgender and non-binary students in your classroom.

Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:00:00 AM

What You Should Know about Job Searching after 40

Does your age concern you when it comes to your job search? Check out the recent episode of the HigherEdJobs podcast that discusses this issue.

Friday, June 9, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Pride Month: A Celebration of All Our Differences

As Pride Month commences, it's important to understand its rich history and to celebrate our shared humanity despite differences.

Friday, June 9, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Online Courses Can Be Asynchronous or Synchronous. Does Modality Affect Student Learning?

How do students perceive asynchronous vs. synchronous modalities, and what are the benefits of each type of coursework?

Thursday, June 8, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Bringing Authentic Leadership to Colleges and Universities

Too often, vulnerability is overlooked as a virtue in higher education leadership. Raymond E. Crossman, author of "LGBTQ Leadership in Higher Education," shares how authenticity and vulnerability have made him a better leader.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Diversity is a Talent Management Philosophy

Diversity is a key component for any team. When everyone is the same, thinks the same, and works the same way, they are fixed into self-limiting paradigms. The best teams are made up of people who have unique differences.

Tuesday, June 6, 2023 4:00:00 AM

How One University System is Tackling Healthcare Accessibility for the Underserved

One university system has found a solution for fighting healthcare inaccessibility that also helps combat the potential threat of the Supreme Court enacting a policy against considering race and ethnicity in admissions.

Monday, June 5, 2023 5:00:00 AM

The FAFSA is Changing: Here’s What You Need to Know

Are you aware of the key changes being made to the FAFSA? Here are the highlights to know about before the new form is released for the 2024-25 award year.

Friday, June 2, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Prepare to Answer These 12 Behavioral Questions at Your Next Job Interview

Behavioral interview questions are popular because they give employers a glimpse at how candidates might handle future situations and help to gauge potential performance. Here's how you can prepare.

Thursday, June 1, 2023 5:00:00 AM

A Female Perspective on the Road to Leadership

In episode 33 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast, Dr. Marjorie Hass joins Kelly and Andy to share leadership advice for women and others traditionally underrepresented.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Best of May from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Implementing and Supporting Successful Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration and Training among Faculty

Creating a college-wide culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration demands a large and coordinated effort, but the benefits are numerous.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 5:00:00 AM

How Are You Engaging Your Young Alumni?

The acting chief executive officer for the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan shares strategies for engaging your young alumni.

Monday, May 29, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Navigating Education Benefits as a Student Veteran: The Role of School Certifying Officials and Colleagues across Campus

Navigating education benefits can be tricky for student veterans. School certifying officials are vital in this process, and others on campus can help.

Friday, May 26, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community during Pride Month: Activities and Events for Campuses

As Pride Month approaches, here are some activities and events colleges can consider organizing to celebrate the LGTBQ+ community.

Thursday, May 25, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Is Institutional Research the Key to Closing the Gaps in Student Success?

The inclusion of your institutional research department could be necessary for a successful diversity, equity, and inclusion effort.

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Turning College Towns into Knowledge Towns

Many institutions only see one option for dealing with declining enrollments -- doubling down on enrollment management. However, the authors of "Knowledge Towns: College and Universities as Talent Magnets" outline another strategy.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Tools for Memorializing Our Lost Veterans, So Their Legacy Lives On

This Memorial Day, here are some ways instructors can expand students' understanding of the meaningfulness of Memorial Day.

Monday, May 22, 2023 5:00:00 AM

A Faculty Guide to the Five Ws of College Disability Services

Check out this guide for faculty members on the who, what, where, when, and why of disability services.

Monday, May 22, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Unpacking Salaries: Preparing Your Graduates to Mention the Unmentionables

Soon-to-be graduates must be adequately prepared to discuss compensation at any stage of the interview process. Here's how career services professionals can best prepare them.

Monday, May 22, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Attacks on ‘Segregated’ Graduation Ceremonies Overlook the History of Racism on Campus

'Affinity' graduations have drawn some criticism, but research suggests they serve a vital function for students of color.

Sunday, May 21, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Nominees Selected for the HigherEdMilitary Spotlight

HigherEdMilitary is excited to announce the launch of the HigherEdMilitary Spotlight Award, which highlights professionals doing an exceptional job supporting the military-affiliated population on campus.

Friday, May 19, 2023 9:35:03 AM

What Makes Your Institution Unique? Strategic Communications Roles Expand as Institutions Consider This Question
As colleges and universities strive to stand out among competitors, the need for strategic communications and branding has grown, bringing with it the creation of executive-level positions in the department.
Friday, May 19, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Job Satisfaction at a High Thanks to Work/Life Balance Strides

New data out from The Conference Board shows that overall job satisfaction among U.S. workers hit its highest levels on record last year.

Thursday, May 18, 2023 8:00:00 AM

Stackable Credentials: Building Enrollment Growth Through Program Design
College enrollments are a grave concern to campus leaders. Stackable credentials are one innovative solution colleges can implement to combat the enrollment dip.
Thursday, May 18, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Making the Guided Pathways Principles Work for Your Institution
Some critics are skeptical of Guided Pathways, but the flexibility allows institutions to implement the principles in ways that best fill their unique needs.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: I Don’t Feel Adequately Trained for My Position. What Can I Do?
Sometimes institutions don't do a great job of onboarding a new hire to their total responsibilities. So what can the new hire do to better equip themselves for the role?
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 12:00:00 PM

Balancing Neutrality and Support: Encouraging Students’ Political Engagement Without Getting Political Yourself
It can be tricky to support students' political engagement without falling into the trap of being partisan. Here are four strategies for achieving this delicate balance.
Monday, May 15, 2023 9:00:00 AM

How Gen Z is Driving Equity for LGBTQ+ in the Workplace
We can learn a lot from Gen Z members in the workplace, particularly from how they embrace the LGBTQ+ community. As this generation's prevalence in the workplace grows, colleges must commit to providing welcoming spaces for all.
Friday, May 12, 2023 10:00:00 AM

Five Practices to Support Mothers in the Workplace

While May is an excellent time to highlight the strength, resiliency, and power of mothering employees, the advocacy for their unique needs must continue long past Mother's Day.

Friday, May 12, 2023 8:52:37 AM

Are You Struggling to Position Yourself for a Department or Institution Change?

Both senior and junior higher ed professionals are frequently moving from one department or institution to another. The key is to discover and communicate your transferable skills.

Thursday, May 11, 2023 10:00:00 AM

The Art of Negotiating for the Timid and Risk-Averse
How can the timid, or others who fear negotiation, overcome this major career hurdle that stands in the way of their career progress?
Thursday, May 11, 2023 9:00:00 AM

3 Tips to Advocate for Yourself at Work
If you are experiencing discontent at work, a resolution will require self-advocating. For the best results, your self-advocacy should have these three characteristics.
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 6:00:00 AM

What’s Next for the Carnegie Classification System: What Administrators and Staff Need to Know
A new Carnegie Classification system is in the works. Here's a look at what changes are being considered to improve the system.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 5:00:00 PM

The Most Effective Approaches for Mentoring New Faculty
Does your institution have a formal faculty mentorship program? Research shows these relationships have many benefits for those early in their careers, but what exactly makes a good program?
Monday, May 8, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Intersectionality as a Credential to Lead

The term "intersectionality" has become controversial recently. Yet, it contributes to how college presidents lead, says Raymond E. Crossman, author of LGBTQ Leadership in Higher Education.

Friday, May 5, 2023 5:00:00 AM

4 Essentials for a Strong Application
A higher education recruiter shares her process for evaluating candidates and key areas to focus on when crafting your application materials.
Thursday, May 4, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Higher Education Legislative Round-Up: Freedom of Speech, Association, and Access
In this higher education legislative round-up, we examine bills from both sides that could impact free speech, association, and access.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: For What Types of Other Positions Am I Qualified?
Sometimes it is difficult to know what positions you are qualified for. An HR expert explains how job seekers can answer this question for themselves.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Top Strategic Priorities for College and University Leaders
A college or university's viability, longevity, and integrity are top priorities for presidents and governing boards to consider.
Monday, May 1, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Higher Ed Braces for Historic SCOTUS 'Affirmative Action' Decision
The ruling to decide whether private and public postsecondary institutions in the U.S. will be able to use race as a consideration in their admissions processes is expected before June 2023.
Saturday, April 29, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Best of April from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Friday, April 28, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Empowering Students When They’re Hurt, Offended, and Subjected to Bias
Biased statements, messages, and actions hurt. While students can report them to the Bias Response Team, they should be empowered to respond constructively whenever possible.
Thursday, April 27, 2023 4:00:00 AM

How “Everything Everywhere All at Once” Can Empower Your Institution and Employees
"Everything Everywhere All at Once," the movie that swept almost all of the top Academy Awards, provides several lessons that higher education institutions can use to improve DEI efforts.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 6:00:00 AM

How Labor Market Insight Can Position Your Programs for Success
Whether you're launching new programs or seeking to reinvigorate existing ones, labor market insight is an essential tool for strengthening the connection between programs and careers.
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 4:00:00 AM

The Future of the College Presidency
What does the college presidency look like today? A new report from the American Council on Education reveals current demographics and shares important action items for colleges and universities to take.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Have You Been Rage Applying?
Check out episode 30 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 5:51:04 AM

Innovative Transfer Initiatives: What We Can Learn from Texas
Texas is leading the way in ensuring all residents have access to post-secondary education by prioritizing the needs of transfer students. A leading voice on the state's transfer initiatives shares how your institution can improve outcomes for these students.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Despite Contributing to Some School Closures, the Pandemic Inspired Resilience and Innovation
Declining enrollments, the pandemic, and inflation have created the perfect storm for some colleges, forcing them to close their doors. However, this challenge has also inspired many creative strategies for withstanding a crisis and staying open.
Monday, April 24, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Higher Education Legislative Round-Up: Finance and Affordability
Legislators on both sides are proposing a range of bills that have the potential to dramatically change the post-secondary landscape. Here's a look at the ones that could impact college finance and affordability.
Friday, April 21, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Help for Those at the Top: The Role of Consultants and Other Advisors
Behind every college president is a team of experts and consultants guiding them. A former president provides an overview of the various boards and groups that support the president.
Thursday, April 20, 2023 4:00:00 AM

In Defense of the English Literature Major: How Administrators and Staff Can Protect an Endangered Degree
In recent years, English Literature has experienced a sharp decline in popularity despite evidence that the outcomes of English majors are no worse than other majors. So, how can administrators, admissions professionals, and marketers promote this endangered program?
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 7:32:25 AM

Ask the Expert: Why is It Often Assumed that Black Faculty Members Will Teach the Diversity Courses?
Even when they lack the preparation and/or credentialing to teach diversity courses, Black professors are more likely than not "pursued" to teach them. Here's why and what you can do about it.
Tuesday, April 18, 2023 8:39:39 AM

How to ‘Work Your Next Job’ Without Quitting Your Current One
Career changes often need an on-ramp. Consider these ways to start working your next job while maintaining the status quo.
Monday, April 17, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Queering Higher Education
Colleges and universities can create inclusive environments for LGBTQIA+ students by expanding curriculum to cover LGBTQ+ topics, providing resources such as counseling services, and developing policies that protect their rights.
Friday, April 14, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Promise Programs Improve Educational Opportunity
Though the idea of tuition-free college has gained traction, no federal legislation for it exists yet. In the meantime, though, promise programs can be helpful tools for improving college access.
Friday, April 14, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Community College Faculty Hiring from the Dean’s Perspective
Teaching at a community college is quite different than teaching at a four-year school. Here is a look at some of the characteristics that can make you a strong candidate for a community college faculty position.
Friday, April 14, 2023 3:00:00 AM

How to Respond to Bad Interview Questions
Check out episode 29 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Thursday, April 13, 2023 6:04:49 AM

Restoring Culture through Trust and Communication
When there is abrupt turnover at the top, it is imperative to re-establish campus leadership and restore an institution's culture. A college leader shares his interim presidency experience and critical steps in regaining the trust of a college community.
Thursday, April 13, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Improving Religious Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed
A leader at Interfaith America discusses the challenges that campus leaders face around religious diversity & inclusion -- including mismatching perceptions about their campuses being receptive to religious diversity.
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Academic Libraries and the Bigger Picture of Strategic Planning
When higher education institutions complete their long-term strategic plans, mention of libraries -- a necessary scholarly contributor -- is frequently missing.
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Can Dual Enrollment Participation Impact College Application Choice?
Often, underrepresented students do not apply to and enroll at selective colleges despite being well-qualified academically. A recent study indicates that dual enrollment courses can help change this trend.
Monday, April 10, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Community Colleges: A Driving Force in Workforce Development
Community colleges are expected to respond quickly to changes in local workforce needs. A look at the electric vehicle industry provides a glimpse into how institutions can help fill gaps.
Friday, April 7, 2023 6:00:00 AM

What is Queer Leadership?
Is there such a thing as queer leadership? Raymond E. Crossman, president of Adler University and author of "LGBTQ Leadership in Higher Education," says he is at his best when open and vulnerable about his queerness.
Friday, April 7, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Building Strong Partnerships Between Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions
Success for transfer students goes beyond a simple articulation agreement. In this interview, representatives of Montgomery County Community College and Ursinus College share the evolution of their partnership and advice for other schools looking to enhance their transfer rates and outcomes.
Thursday, April 6, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Should You Be ‘Rage Applying’ for Jobs?
"Rage applying" is a new way of describing an existing behavior. Is there any benefit to going on one of these resume-sending sprees?
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Can I Move into a Management Role without a Formal Track Available?
Many organizations do not have formal leadership development programs, but there are still ways to climb the ladder. The key is to be your own career planner.
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Despite Substantial Raises This Year, Inflation Continues to Outpace Pay of Higher Ed Employees
With inflation skyrocketing, even substantial pay increases for higher ed employees aren't making up for it, according to a press release from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
Monday, April 3, 2023 9:00:00 AM

Are Job Seekers Cheating When They Use ChatGPT to Craft Resumes and Cover Letters?
Should HR leaders be concerned that ChatGPT could intensify candidate fraud?
Monday, April 3, 2023 6:59:21 AM

Best of March from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Friday, March 31, 2023 5:00:00 AM

How to Capitalize on Good Interview Questions
Check out episode 28 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Thursday, March 30, 2023 10:04:18 AM

Making Courses Resistant to ChatGPT Plagiarism
The release of ChatGPT has started a new anti-plagiarism arms race. Will entire curriculums need to be re-worked to evade the skills of ChatGPT? How can we protect academic integrity?
Thursday, March 30, 2023 4:00:00 AM

How to Leverage Emotional, Social, and Cultural Intelligence to Enhance Professional Lives
As we adjust to a post-COVID world and mental health concerns grow, we must consider our role in creating just and welcoming communities. Developing emotional, social, and cultural intelligence is more important than ever.
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 8:00:00 AM

The Wealth and Prices in Modern Higher Education: How We Got Here
Wondering how and why did higher education became a partisan issue in the U.S., and what can be done about it? "Wealth, Cost, and Price in American Higher Education: A Brief History" provides a thorough history and theory.
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Students Weigh Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws in College Decisions
This year's wave of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and proposals is forcing many prospective students to reconsider their choice of schools.
Friday, March 24, 2023 7:10:25 AM

Supporting Muslim Students and Colleagues During and Beyond Ramadan
Are you considering and embracing practices that help ensure learning and work environments are inclusive of Muslims both during and beyond Ramadan?
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Do I Cope When the Department Chair Who Hired Me is Leaving?
It can be unnerving when you find out the person who hired you is leaving soon after starting your new job, but these tips can help you navigate the challenge.
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 6:31:38 AM

Can the Four-Day Week Work in Higher Education?
As the idea of a four-day workweek continues to gain traction around the world, some colleges and universities are testing it out.
Monday, March 20, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Direct Admissions: A New Approach to Increasing Enrollment
With direct admissions, students submit one profile and participating colleges review these profiles and extend admission to those who are a strong fit. Can this new process boost enrollment at colleges and universities that have seen decreased enrollment?
Friday, March 17, 2023 5:00:00 AM

African Universities Are Promising Research Partners
Most of us don't think of African higher education institutions as cutting-edge or premier world-class universities, but this is a missed opportunity for collaboration.
Thursday, March 16, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Acing a Presentation During Your Interview
Check out episode 27 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 10:59:04 AM

Don’t Forget DACA -- A Key Player in the Future of Higher Ed and Our Country
Undocumented students who live in the U.S. represent a substantial pool of potential candidates for colleges and jobs at a time when our country is facing both student enrollment and talent shortages.
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Are You a High Performer Who Has Reached Your Limit?
Are you suddenly the "go-to" employee and finding yourself overwhelmed? Let's examine why high achievers are continually asked to do more and what you can do to protect yourself if you're in this situation.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 7:48:11 AM

Are You Asking Too Much of Your High Performers?
Are your employees experiencing burnout for being overachievers on whom you rely too heavily? Let's consider different mindsets and strategies for avoiding this practice and supporting top performers.
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 5:45:12 AM

The Oral Tradition and Contemporary Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
How does oral history relate to contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion work? An Associate Professor of African American Studies explains the connection.
Monday, March 13, 2023 6:44:46 AM

“If You Hold Them, Will They Come?”: Encouraging Students to Use Office Hours
Why are office hours so lonely for faculty? To change this, we must shift students' perception of office hours and learn to sell office hours.
Friday, March 10, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Are Women's Colleges Still Important Today?
Women's colleges in the twenty-first century have been forced to grapple with questions of what, exactly, it means to be a women's college in a modern world and what their unique value proposition is.
Thursday, March 9, 2023 5:00:00 AM

The Truth about Women’s History from a Women’s Studies Pioneer
A founder of one the first college-level women's studies program in the U.S. discusses the great strides made by women in academia but also shines a light on the ways in which our country is still failing women.
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 4:00:00 AM

How to Make the Most of Intergenerational Diversity
Each generation has a different view of work and life. Leaders must be aware of intergenerational differences, foster appreciation for unique perspectives, and bridge gaps.
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 4:42:21 AM

7.5 Things Hurting Your Artistic Academic Career
Are you making any of these mistakes that are bound to hamper your artistic academic growth?
Monday, March 6, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Employee Appreciation Day: A Springboard for Reflection on Employee Relations
Today is 'Employee Appreciation Day,' which offers us a chance to reflect on employee relations and where we can improve to retain talent.
Friday, March 3, 2023 5:13:15 AM

How to Get Your Book Published
Check out episode 26 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Thursday, March 2, 2023 9:57:34 AM

Is a Robot Coming to Steal My Job? How to Make Generative AI Work for You
Some higher education professionals view generative AI technology like ChatGPT with suspicion and anxiety. However, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of AI in higher education.
Thursday, March 2, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Is the ‘Great Regret’ an Opportunity for a ‘Great Return’?
A recent survey found that 80% of people who quit their jobs in 2021 now regret the decision. However, employers need to dive deeper into motivations for an ex-employee's return before re-hiring them.
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Do I Write My Diversity Statement?
Diversity statements are now commonly part of higher education job applications. A seasoned higher ed professional shares advice to keep in mind as you write this important document.
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 3:00:00 AM

You Are Enough
How can we help students facing mental health issues when we are stretched thin and often facing the same issues ourselves? It's time to prioritize self-care.
Monday, February 27, 2023 6:00:00 AM

Best of February from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Monday, February 27, 2023 3:00:00 AM

3 Things the Pandemic Taught Us About Inequality in College -- And Why They Matter Today
The pandemic highlighted inequalities that are reinforced by universities designed for so-called "traditional" college students. Just because in-person classes have resumed doesn't mean these disparities have gone away.
Friday, February 24, 2023 3:00:00 AM

3 Things That Job Seekers Want Most
Do you consider what a job will give you in return for all that is asked of you? If you're job searching, be sure your next position has these three elements for fulfillment.
Thursday, February 23, 2023 3:00:00 AM

A Must-Read for Students Pursuing Careers in Health and Medicine
Cardiologist Henry Greenberg's book is a must-read for every student interested in the health professions, healthcare policy, and health institution leadership.
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 3:00:00 AM

The Higher Ed Landscape for Black Professionals
The president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) discusses strategies for retaining Black faculty and staff and other pressing issues to be addressed by the larger academic community.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Are You the Mediator Your Office Needs During Workplace Conflicts?
What does workplace conflict look like in your office? Check out episode 25 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast for a discussion on workplace conflicts in higher education.
Friday, February 17, 2023 8:00:00 AM

The University of California Strike: What Does It Mean for All Higher Education Institutions?
How can we learn from this historic strike, and what does it say about how we can improve conditions for all in higher education?
Friday, February 17, 2023 5:00:00 AM

Are You Fostering Equity and Respect in the Use of Titles, First Names, and Honorifics?
Is it equitable and respectful to expect blanket referral to academics formally in all settings, without the equivalent referral to non-academics?
Friday, February 17, 2023 3:27:16 AM

Ask the Expert: Should I Apply for Multiple Jobs at One Institution?
An HR expert discusses whether it is appropriate to apply for multiple positions at the same university. Will it ultimately hurt one's chances for employment there?
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Who Are the Heroes in Your Professional Life? Show Them Some Love Today
Valentine's Day is traditionally reserved for loved ones, but some say the attitude can extend to the workspace. Be sure to lift up and recognize the "heroes" on your campus.
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 6:57:02 AM

Gen Z & Mental Health: Solutions for Higher Ed Leaders
Gen Z reports the most unmet needs and the greatest need for mental health intervention. What can higher education leaders managing these employees do to help?
Tuesday, February 14, 2023 6:25:14 AM

W.E.B. Du Bois, Black History Month, and the Importance of African American Studies
As the 20th century's preeminent scholar-activist on race, W.E.B. Du Bois would not be surprised by modern-day attempts at whitewashing American history. He saw them in the 1930s and 1940s.
Monday, February 13, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Avoiding Bad Checks for Racial Justice During Black History Month
Celebrations of Black life that are not coupled with institutionalized programs and material investment to support Black communities will ring hollow.
Monday, February 13, 2023 2:00:00 AM

HBCUs Utilizing the Common App See an Increase in Applications
The Common App is a one-stop application process that allows students to apply to over 1,000 member institutions by filling out one form. Could it be an important piece of the puzzle for solving enrollment challenges at HBCUs?
Friday, February 10, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Ensuring a Learning Environment Where Veterans May Flourish
Veterans can carry expectations from their time in the service with them wherever they go, including their classrooms. High expectations, quality of relationships between class members, and classroom bonding all play a role in creating a flourishing learning environment for veterans.
Thursday, February 9, 2023 11:02:55 AM

HBCUs Were Born Out of Necessity. A Century and a Half Later, They Remain Powerful Engines of Mobility for Black Americans
Hear from presidents of two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are serving on the Board of Advisors for the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity through HBCUs.
Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:00:00 AM

10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts of Resume and CV Writing
Is your resume or CV helping you secure interviews? If you think it could use a tune-up, consider these rapid-fire 10 do's and 10 don'ts.
Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:51:29 AM

ChatGPT: Friend or Foe?
ChatGPT -- a new artificial intelligence tool that responds to queries with conversational, human-like answers -- has sparked debate about its potential impact on students.
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Enrollment Offices See a Mix of Burnout and Optimism Amid Disruptive Times
Enrollment professionals are experiencing high levels of burnout amid pandemic- and demographic-related challenges, but many remain optimistic, according to WittKieffer's new report on chief enrollment management officers.
Monday, February 6, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Book Review -- Vital and Valuable: The Relevance of HBCUs in American Life and Education
HBCUs play an undeniably vital role in educating Black students and providing a path to upward economic mobility, according to findings from "Vital and Valuable: The Relevance of HBCUs in American Life and Education" by James V. Koch and Omari H. Swinton.
Friday, February 3, 2023 4:00:00 AM

The Problem of Pseudo-Collaboration and How to Avoid It
Leaders should not fault those they lead for failing to collaborate when they haven't considered the barriers at play. There are many factors that affect whether collaboration is possible.
Thursday, February 2, 2023 4:00:00 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – A Veteran’s Perspective on Hiring in Higher Education
Check out episode 24 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:26:32 AM

Companies Share Successes, Lessons Learned from Hybrid Schedules
Most workers have returned to the office, even if they don't come in as often as they used to. Here are some of the strategies organizations are using to get the most out of hybrid work schedules.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 10:24:24 AM

Employment, Not Graduation, as an Outcome: How To Do Better by Neurodivergent Students
Are we failing too many neurodivergent students? In this Higher Ed Careers interview, the director of the University of Connecticut's Center for Neurodiversity and Employment Innovation discusses the barriers these students face in securing employment and how colleges and universities can do better by this population.
Tuesday, January 31, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Best of January from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Monday, January 30, 2023 5:52:32 AM

Colleges and Universities Struggle to Retain Supervisors
A new report from CUPA-HR highlights why colleges and universities are at risk of losing supervisors to other employers and offers recommendations to improve retention.
Friday, January 27, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Taming Your Inner Critic
Do you show yourself compassion? Those who do are better equipped to handle their setbacks, bounce back faster, and ultimately boost their performance in both work and life.
Thursday, January 26, 2023 4:00:00 AM

3 Ways Working Parents Can Be Enriched Instead of Conflicted

Many people believe work makes you a bad parent and parenting makes you a bad worker. Should working parents even be thinking of this conflict as something to negotiate?

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 4:57:18 AM

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make an Industry or Career Switch?
Making a career or job change hinges on convincing the hiring manager or search committee that you have the requisite skills to do the work. "Showing," not "telling" will be critical.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023 3:00:00 AM

6 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Artistic Academic Career
It is easy for artistic teaching staff to become lost in the shuffle of everyday work requirements and overlook building their artistic academic career. In the new year, consider these six ways to grow your academic artistic brand.
Monday, January 23, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Speaking Up and Out: AAC&U Annual Conference Rallies Attendees to ‘Reclaim Liberal Education’
When the value of liberal education is frequently questioned, the AAC&U conference called on higher education leaders to speak up, speak out, and reclaim liberal education.
Friday, January 20, 2023 9:30:07 AM

Leading the Way for Diversity to the C-Suite
Are you struggling with diversity in your C-suite? The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) shares findings on barriers we must address, as well as tips for mid-level professionals looking to move up.
Thursday, January 19, 2023 4:00:00 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – Professional Associations and Career Success
Check out episode 23 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast.
Wednesday, January 18, 2023 3:13:28 AM

Strategies for Avoiding Employee Grievances and Discipline
Formal grievances and discipline oftentimes come with unintended consequences. How can organizations and their leaders avoid these measures?
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 5:33:47 AM

Higher Ed Prepares to Celebrate the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As "engines of change" and "hubs for knowledge production," higher education institutions have "an outsized role to play in terms of advancing the legacy of Dr. King and Mrs. Coretta Scott King," says a representative for The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Monday, January 16, 2023 2:00:00 AM

Is Higher Education the New Helipad for Remote Helicopter Bosses?
Are you working for a helicopter boss? Or maybe you are one? Many people are leaving higher education because of these traditionalists in the C-Suite and their inflexibility with schedules.
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 4:00:00 AM

HBCU and PWI University Partnerships: Teaming Up to Maximize Value for Students
A recent partnership between Utah State University and Fort Valley State University illustrates the importance of collaboration in serving students. School leaders hope it will inspire similar agreements among other colleges and universities.
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 9:00:00 AM

HR’s Latest Challenge: Managing Mass Employee Sick Absences
With cases of COVID-19, the flu, and RSV soaring, employers and HR leaders must ensure that managers are equipped to handle mass employee absences and sick-day requests.
Monday, January 9, 2023 5:20:01 AM

The Case for Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts & Sciences
Entrepreneurship -- depending on how it is taught -- makes a good complement to a liberal arts degree, helping students learn to problem solve creatively and providing career preparation.
Monday, January 9, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Helping Gen Z Employees Succeed in the Higher Ed Workspace
Are you struggling to manage Gen Z employees (also known as digital natives)? Learn more about their tendencies and preferences and why higher education is better prepared to recruit and retain these employees.
Friday, January 6, 2023 4:00:00 AM

See Ya Later 2022: We’re Leaving Behind Bad Attitudes, Self-Criticism, and Hectic Schedules
Have you made time to reflect on 2022 and set attainable goals for 2023? Get inspired -- check out what our team at HigherEdJobs learned and how we hope to grow in the new year.
Thursday, January 5, 2023 3:18:09 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – The Future of Work, Recruitment, and Hiring
Check out episode 22 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Thursday, January 5, 2023 2:46:22 AM

Best Reads of 2022
At HigherEdJobs, through our editorial content, we hope to play a small part in helping you, our readers, reflect and take charge of your career paths. In that spirit, we've gathered our top reads from 2022.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 7:47:48 AM

You Again? Updating Your Story When Reapplying to an Institution
If you're reapplying to an institution you left or that rejected you previously, you'll need to show that something has changed.
Tuesday, January 3, 2023 4:00:00 AM

Subspecialty Provider Shortages Put American Healthcare in Jeopardy
In this Higher Ed Careers interview, Andrew Hibel speaks with a group of neuro-ophthalmologists about how to overcome the challenge of filling fellowships, and ultimately full-time positions, in their field and other medical subspecialties.
Friday, December 30, 2022 4:00:00 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – Reflecting on Higher Education in 2022
In the last episode of the year, Kelly and Andy reflect on what happened in higher education throughout 2022 and share some of their favorite takeaways from this year's podcast episodes.
Friday, December 30, 2022 1:38:39 AM

Religious Freedom and LGBTQ Rights Are Clashing in Schools and on Campuses – And Courts Are Deciding
Yeshiva University's legal case over denying the YU Pride Alliance's official recognition has garnered national attention, but several similar cases are underway.
Thursday, December 29, 2022 7:00:00 AM

3 Es of Successful Student-Led Fundraising
What exactly does a successful student-led fundraising effort look like, and how can your institution launch one? Consider these three tips.
Tuesday, December 27, 2022 4:00:00 AM

Should You Put Your Job Search on Hold for the Holidays?
Is the winter break a time for rest and recreation (R&R), or is entirely halting your job search for December and January a mistake?
Wednesday, December 21, 2022 4:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Can I Estimate the Pay for a Position When It Is Not Listed?
An HR expert weighs in on how you can get a feel for a position's salary even if they don't publish pay ranges.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:00:00 AM

Four Reasons to Consider Using Open Education Resources (OER)
Are you using Open Education Resources (OER) for your courses? Here are a few reasons to consider it.
Monday, December 19, 2022 4:00:00 AM

What Is the Boomerang Effect and What Does It Mean for Your Job Search?
Be careful what you say in an interview. There's a boomerang effect that could turn the audience against you when you give off subtle negative messaging about others.
Friday, December 16, 2022 4:42:38 AM

What Prospective Students and Their Families Think About College Enrollment
Understanding and meeting the needs of prospective students and their parents will be vital for student recruitment now and in the future. Here's what they're saying.
Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:53:56 AM

Effective Academic Job Search Strategies: Part Two
We've all experienced the disappointment and sadness that comes with a job search. A professor shares ways to expand your network and increase your chances of finding a position.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022 10:22:19 AM

What If You Don’t Want To Be Promoted?
Are you among the many higher education professionals who are reluctant to climb the hierarchical structures of their institutions? Explore promotion aversion, its consequences, and ways to explain yourself when making a lateral move.
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 3:25:15 AM

How Pacing Can Set the Tone for Your Semester
A president emeritus and former faculty member shares the story of his revelation about the importance of pacing our work -- a skill that is critical for not only faculty members but leaders.
Monday, December 12, 2022 2:28:41 AM

Duke University Uses Peer Mentorship to Support First-Generation, Low-Income Students
Thanks to peer mentorship, more first-generation low-income Duke students are feeling connected with the university.
Friday, December 9, 2022 4:58:56 AM

Major Holidays Trigger Mixed Emotions: Monitoring Your Veteran Population
As the decorations go up around campus and the rush is on to complete the semester's requirements, some individuals (students and faculty) may feel isolated or excluded from the season's festivities.
Thursday, December 8, 2022 7:03:15 AM

Unfolding the Myth of Imposter Syndrome
Though there's much self-help literature out there about overcoming imposter syndrome, many have called the 'diagnosis' into question in recent years. Are there really internal causes, or are external forces at play?
Thursday, December 8, 2022 6:01:15 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – The Do's and Don'ts of Resume Writing
Check out "The Dos and Don'ts of Resume Writing" on the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 4:28:41 AM

Ask the Expert: Other Job Prospects - To Tell the Search Committee or Not?
A former chief human resources officer weighs in on whether you should reveal other job prospects in an interview.
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:13:00 AM

When Is a Board a “Board”?
A former college president shares insight into the various governing boards in higher education and why members should have governance acumen and continuing professional development.
Monday, December 5, 2022 5:11:44 AM

Effective Academic Job Search Strategies: Part One
What does it take to find a tenure-track position? A professor shares ways to improve your chances.
Friday, December 2, 2022 4:00:00 AM

Best of November from HigherEdJobs
Don't miss out on November's best articles! Here are our editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Thursday, December 1, 2022 10:19:32 AM

Make a Difference This GivingTuesday
On the heels of Thanksgiving and two days of shopping, GivingTuesday shifts our focus to generosity and showing up for issues near and dear to us.
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 2:07:20 AM

We Have To Talk About Mental Health for Student-Athletes
Oftentimes, within the culture of college athletics, physical health takes precedence over mental health for athletic performance. However, the importance of mental health cannot be overlooked.
Monday, November 28, 2022 1:00:00 AM

Engage New Students Early or Lose Them: Here’s How to Do It
Engaging first-year students early on in the semester is essential for student success.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022 8:30:41 AM

Renaming California’s Hastings Law School Sparks $1.7 Billion Legal Fight That Shows How Hard It Is To Ditch Donors’ Names
Nonprofit law scholar Terri Lynn Helge explains why it's so hard to sever prior arrangements with donors -- even when more than a century has elapsed.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 8:13:07 AM

Despite Challenges, Leader in Nurse Education Remains Optimistic About a Future Fueled by Innovation
In this Higher Ed Careers interview, the president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing discusses the nursing faculty shortage, areas where colleges can improve, and the impact nurse educators can make.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Rituals at Work and on the Job Search: What’s in It for You?
Weaving rituals into our work lives and job searches can ease our anxiety, help us focus, and improve our overall sense of belonging.
Friday, November 18, 2022 4:58:25 AM

Influx of Students From India Drives US College Enrollment Up, but the Number of Students From China Is Down
An expert on international education explains the forces behind the drop in students from China and the jump in students from India studying in the U.S.
Thursday, November 17, 2022 4:07:09 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – The Truth, Lies, and Tricks Behind Popular College Rankings
Check out episode 19 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Thursday, November 17, 2022 2:17:44 AM

Class Changes to Help Your Diversity Statement
You might have no control over the diversity of the students in your class, and probably have limited ability to improve diversity through the hiring process, but most of you have the ability to choose at least some of the materials, or at least examples, used in class.
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 11:49:03 AM

Breaking Ranks: A Four-Step Withdrawal Program for Rankings-Addicted Educators
If you can't ignore the best-college rankings altogether, consider undertaking these four stages of rankings withdrawal.
Thursday, November 10, 2022 9:10:56 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – Is Work Chipping Away at Your Happiness?
Check out episode 18 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 2:58:32 AM

Ask the Expert: How Is Higher Ed Adapting to the Lack of Qualified Candidates?
A former chief human resources officer weighs in on how colleges and universities are adjusting their expectations in order to respond to the current labor market.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 4:00:00 AM

Beating Winter Blues: How to Stay Positive and Energetic at a Tough Time of Year
This time of year, especially if you live in a cold climate, it's not uncommon to feel sluggish and a little bit blue, and your work could be affected. Take a look at the signs of winter blues and seasonal affective disorder and strategies for coping.
Monday, November 7, 2022 4:00:00 AM

Diversity and Representation in Higher Education
Improving representation among faculty and staff is a key step in attracting and retaining diverse students and ensuring they persist and graduate.
Friday, November 4, 2022 6:52:49 AM

How to Avoid the Arrival Fallacy and the Tenure Slump
Higher education professionals are particularly susceptible to the "I'll-be-happy-when" mindset known as the "arrival fallacy." Here are five ways to avoid it.
Thursday, November 3, 2022 7:26:01 AM

Moving Beyond Lip Service: Recognizing Veterans Day and Those Who Served
Take a look at your institution and determine whether you could be doing more to assist military-affiliated individuals in their educational endeavors.
Thursday, November 3, 2022 6:50:14 AM

Best of October from HigherEdJobs
Don't miss out on October's best articles! Here are our editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Monday, October 31, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Affirmative Action Bans Make Selective Colleges Less Diverse – a National Ban Will Do the Same
Since nine states already have bans on affirmative action, it's easy to know what will happen if affirmative action is outlawed. Fewer Black, Hispanic, and Native American students will enroll and graduate.
Friday, October 28, 2022 11:41:45 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – Acing Your First Semester as a New Faculty Member
Check out episode 17 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Friday, October 28, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Companies Embracing Pay Transparency Gain a Market Advantage
One of the biggest frustrations for job seekers is when job ads lack salary clarity or don't include a salary at all. There are challenges in posting this information, but organizations that do stand to attract more candidates.
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 6:48:01 AM

Ask the Expert: How Common Has Ghosting Become in Higher Ed Hiring?
Have you been ghosted by a prospective employer? A former chief human resources officer and leading authority on the search committee process weighs in on why this happens.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 6:00:00 AM

A Disconnect in Diversity Recruitment in Higher Education
To be effective, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives must move beyond recruiting for diversity and focus on retention.
Monday, October 24, 2022 12:21:06 PM

How to Introduce Yourself
Introducing yourself, whether it's in a job interview or the first day of classes, can be challenging. Consider these tips and techniques for an effective introduction.
Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:30:37 AM

How Long Did Your Most Recent Job Search in Higher Ed Last?
We recently polled job seekers about the length of their current or recent higher education job searches. Here's what we found and some strategies for staying motivated.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:33:33 AM

HR Isn’t Your Only Option for Managing Workplace Challenges
Did you know there are institutional resources outside of formal HR structures where you can seek assistance?
Monday, October 17, 2022 4:51:50 PM

Management Strategies for a Large Advising Caseload
How can advisors maximize their time for personal connections with the students who need it most? Hear from the executive director of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.
Monday, October 17, 2022 12:58:36 PM

Exploring Best Practices in Building and Retaining a Diverse Faculty
Achieving greater faculty diversity starts with examining your recruitment strategies, establishing institutional commitment, and building support systems.
Friday, October 14, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Higher Ed Leadership: Do You Have These Policies for Veterans and Their Instructors?

To better support this population, leadership can focus on deployment policies, drill obligation policies, and education support policies.

Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:14:31 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – Interims: Important, Innovative, and Inevitable
Check out episode 16 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast!
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 5:01:25 AM

Ask the Expert: Can Higher Ed Adapt to the Growing Demand for Hybrid/Remote Work Arrangements?
With more job seekers looking for remote/hybrid work arrangements, colleges and universities must determine how to adapt while staying true to their character.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 6:31:54 AM

Supporting Your LGBTQ+ Students on Coming Out Day
In this Higher Ed Careers interview, Anila Karunakar from the University of Maine and Josh Kinchen of George Mason University talk about the importance of celebrating Coming Out Day/ Week on campus and how to support students year-round.
Monday, October 10, 2022 9:00:35 AM

Empowering Women Leaders in Academia through Professional Networks and Inclusive Leadership
Institutionalizing gender equity and inclusive culture is a mammoth task that requires a multifaceted approach for accomplishment.
Thursday, October 6, 2022 11:28:05 AM

The Value of Local Knowledge for Leaders
A vital part of leadership is asking the community closest to the fulfillment of your mission about possible impediments and improvements.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:05:27 PM

College Students Are Increasingly Identifying Beyond ‘She’ and ‘He’
Despite the growing visibility of neopronouns today, people who use these pronouns still struggle to get others to learn and respect them.
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 11:38:01 AM

Could ‘Quiet Quitting’ Spell Trouble for Higher Ed?
Is quiet quitting simply setting boundaries? Or is it a slippery slope?
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 4:19:24 AM

How to Spot and Quell ‘Quiet Quitting’
What are the signs of quiet quitting, and how can you prevent and counteract it?
Monday, October 3, 2022 12:33:53 PM

Best of September from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Friday, September 30, 2022 5:00:00 AM

HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap – Closing the Gaps in DEEI
Check out episode 15 of the HigherEdJobs Podcast.
Thursday, September 29, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Ranking the College Rankings: A User’s (and Critic’s) Guide
If colleges can be ranked, surely college rankings can be ranked too. See how Forbes, Niche, U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, and Washington Monthly compare.
Thursday, September 29, 2022 9:37:40 AM

How Investing in Childcare Benefits Students, Employees, and Ultimately, the University
In this HigherEdCareers interview, we speak with Lourdes A. Rodríguez from The University of Arizona's Life and Work Connections about the benefits and challenges of providing childcare support to students and employees.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:40:17 AM

Check-Ins, Continual Listening Can Calm Employee Anxiety
Continuous listening by employers, consistent learning opportunities, and frequent check-ins with supervisors are more important than you may realize, particularly for employees plagued with anxiety or self-doubt.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 10:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How to Answer "Why Should I Hire You?"
In this edition of the Ask the Expert Series, Christopher D. Lee shares how to respond wisely to the "Why you?" questions in an interview.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 8:14:16 AM

Self-Help Measures for Addressing Workplace Challenges (That Don’t Require HR)
While some issues will require HR involvement, many can be addressed on our own. Here are some measures you can take to manage your own workplace challenges.
Monday, September 26, 2022 1:11:29 PM

Building an Antiracist Institution
Scholars came together in a recent webinar to explore ways in which university counselors and chief diversity officers (CDOs) can dismantle systemic racism in higher education.
Friday, September 23, 2022 11:15:30 AM

Implementing Revise and Resubmit for Students
Aprevious article explored the merits of letting students revise and resubmit. Now let's examine how to implement this system in your classes.
Thursday, September 22, 2022 6:42:36 AM

Post “Normality”: Toward Revisionist Higher Education Leadership
Tackling declining enrollment, retention, and graduation rates requires more than a return to "pre-pandemic normality."
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:00:55 PM

The Path to Success Is Paved with Rejections
Rejection always stings, but it is a natural part of the path to success. So how can we face our rejections with grace and grow as a result?
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 9:29:26 AM

Beyond the Walls of the Wellness Center: Creating a Cross-Institutional Well-Being Strategy
As institutions think about how to support student well-being, it's no longer sufficient to think solely about the resources within the confines of the university wellness center.
Monday, September 19, 2022 5:00:00 AM

What is the Red Zone on College Campuses?
Did you know that orientation through winter break is a 'red zone' for sexual assault on campus? Here's what it is and how you can help as a college administrator.
Monday, September 19, 2022 4:40:47 AM

The Great Resignation Is About This ‘Dream-Job Elixir’
Put simply, The Great Resignation has been fueled by a desire for greater control over our careers, but what does it really take to achieve that?
Friday, September 16, 2022 7:29:46 AM

Letting Students Revise and Resubmit: Why You Should Consider It
Allowing students to "revise and resubmit" (R&R) work gives them hope and motivation to achieve in learning. Wondering if R&R is for you? Consider these benefits for you and your students.
Thursday, September 15, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Stop Using ‘Latinx’ if You Really Want To Be Inclusive
Most of the debates on the usage of "Latinx" -- pronounced "la-teen-ex" -- have taken place in the U.S. But the word has begun to spread into Spanish-speaking countries -- where it hasn't exactly been embraced.
Thursday, September 15, 2022 10:36:19 AM

Working with Search Consultants – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In this week's HigherEdJobs Podcast episode, Suzanne Teer from WittKieffer joined Kelly and Andy in a conversation revolving around search consultants in higher education.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Teaching Students How, Not What, to Think
We need to find a better balance between teaching content and process if we truly want students to learn to think for themselves.
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 11:27:34 AM

Employee Wellness Matters
Colleges and universities are well equipped with the facilities and expertise to support employee wellness, and the pandemic was a great reminder of the importance of these programs. Get an inside look at Bergen Community College's successful program.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:31:30 PM

Becoming a Student-Centered President: A Personal Narrative
Dr. Robert A. Scott, president emeritus of Adelphi University, shares his unique path to the presidency and the experiences that inspired his student-centered leadership style.
Tuesday, September 6, 2022 9:04:07 AM

Student Loan Forgiveness -- Experts on Banking, Public Spending and Education Policy Look at the Impact of Biden’s Plan
Three experts examine President Biden's student debt relief program and its impact. While acknowledging the benefits, concerns about inequity and inflation linger.
Monday, September 5, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Interdisciplinary Project Sheds Light on Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'
Auburn professors joined forces on an interdisciplinary project. The result? Their work pays tribute to a pivotal civil rights march and the community where it took place but also leaves us with a powerful life lesson.
Thursday, September 1, 2022 12:04:42 PM

Are You Ready to Work Remotely?
So, you want to work remotely? Here's what you need to clarify with your potential employer in the interview and hiring process.
Thursday, September 1, 2022 5:00:00 AM

It Takes a Village: Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Partnering to Promote Student Mental Health
Mental health plays a critical role in student success. Staff members at Ursuline College share the collaborative approach they've taken to address student well-being.
Wednesday, August 31, 2022 12:52:42 PM

Is Your Office Still Using this Outdated Management Strategy? – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap

In episode 13 of the HigherEdJobs podcast, Kelly and Andy talk about performance appraisals with Christopher Lee and why they are outdated.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Career Conversations: A Customized Approach to Developing Employees' Careers
Are you talking to your employees periodically about their career goals? These conversations are essential for developing and growing your staff members' careers at your institution.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 11:25:08 AM

Best of August from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Tuesday, August 30, 2022 5:35:10 AM

Navigating the Enrollment Cliff:There Are 'No Silver Bullets'
As we begin the new year, HigherEdJobs spoke with enrollment experts at Emory & Henry College and Purdue University about their path to achieving record enrollment numbers in the face of an enrollment cliff and why enrollment management takes a village.
Friday, August 26, 2022 10:42:02 AM

Privileging the Privileged: How Rankings Distort College Admissions
The most popular college rankings tend to exacerbate the tendency of selective colleges to privilege the already privileged in their admission programs -- and disadvantage the already disadvantaged.
Thursday, August 25, 2022 12:11:46 PM

Start the Semester Strong: Focus on Student Belonging
Students learn more, complete courses at a higher level, and persist in larger numbers when taught by faculty who use

ACUE's Effective Practice Framework. Start the year strong by implementing three of these strategies for strengthening student belonging.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 4:31:31 AM

Promoting College Students’ Mental Health in the Context of Sociopolitical Stress
In addition to addressing college student stress at an individual level, institutions of higher education consider the macro-level forces at play. The systems, cultural phenomena, and political events unfolding beyond campus also impact individual students' well-being.
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 12:00:47 PM

Building Black Medical Schools
The Association of American Medical Colleges has predicted a shortage in physicians by 2034. If there were enough Black doctors, perhaps this could be averted.
Monday, August 22, 2022 3:50:53 PM

Is PowerPoint the New Essay?
After graduation, an incredibly few students will write an extended research paper ever again. The world now communicates in different ways and perhaps, at least some of the time, we, and our students, should too.
Friday, August 19, 2022 8:14:07 AM

Helping Colleagues Navigate Stressful Times
Stress at work is inevitable. If you observe a co-worker who is struggling and want to offer support, keep these four tips in mind.
Thursday, August 18, 2022 11:48:50 AM

Women Are Better at Statistics Than They Think
Studies show that women have the potential to do as well as men, and even better, in STEM fields. Additional mentoring could encourage woman to persist in these fields.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 10:53:00 AM

Diversify Your Experiences and Become Fluent in Your Skillset – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In the premier episode of season two of the HigherEdJobs Podcast, Martin Atkins shares his advice for job seekers and life seekers.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 5:00:00 AM

U.S. Secretary of Education Calls for Culture Change in Higher Education
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona called for a culture change and urged college leaders to capitalize on this time of disruption in higher ed.
Monday, August 15, 2022 11:51:37 AM

Debunking Misconceptions About Happiness at Work
Employers aren't directly responsible for employees' happiness. Daniel B. Griffith addresses four misconceptions about fostering positive workplaces to avoid perpetuating them further.
Monday, August 15, 2022 9:00:16 AM

Racial Gaps in College Graduation Widened Under Funding Model Meant to Boost Performance
Performance-based funding policies don't seem to be achieving what they are meant to. They can actually make outcome gaps worse.
Friday, August 12, 2022 9:07:49 AM

Long-Term Remote Work Requires More Intentional Relationship-Building
With more institutions embracing hybrid or fully remote work arrangements, we must be more intentional in our approach to remote work. How can we build and sustain relationships on remote teams?
Thursday, August 11, 2022 12:19:04 PM

Graduate Student Perspective: New Year for Opportunity

Sharing is caring. Consider passing this guide for the upcoming academic year along to a grad student in your life.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Check Your Listening Skills for Better Communication
Effective communication begins with effective listening. When engaging in your next conversation or reviewing a conversation in retrospect, consider how well you're following these best practices.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6:58:15 AM

A New Day One: Reimagining the Community College Post-Pandemic
Communities around the country are looking to their community colleges to see them through the educational and workforce issues that stemmed from the pandemic. Here's how Lorain County Community College reimagined itself and answered that call.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 5:09:23 AM

Restructuring Higher Ed with Respect for Employees – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
Jeff Dickey-Chasins demystifies 'The Great Resignation' and the restructuring of the labor market after the pandemic.
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Remote Work Policies and Inadequate Salaries Are at the Root of Higher Ed’s Talent Crisis
More than half of higher ed professionals are likely to consider other employment opportunities in the next 12 months, according to new research. Dissatisfaction with salary and remote work opportunities are at the forefront of this talent crisis.
Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:04:58 PM

How a ‘Premortem’ or ‘Failure CV’ Could Help Your Career
What if you could predict what may go wrong in your next interview so that you can prevent it? Try conducting a "premortem analysis" and writing a "failure CV."
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 10:25:44 AM

The Power of Praise to Improve Teaching and Learning
Praise is a powerful, shaping tool for teachers and leaders. Follow these five praise points to improve your teaching.
Monday, August 1, 2022 12:17:36 PM

Using Humor to Stand Out – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In this episode Kelly and Andy laugh with comedian Harry Teinowitz. Harry shares how humor has helped him cope with some of life's most challenging times, but also how it can improve your daily career habits and outlook on life.
Saturday, July 30, 2022 9:00:00 AM

The Choice to Not Move Up in Your Career – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In this episode, Dr. Shai L. Butler shares her experience of withdrawing her candidacy for a presidential role in higher education.
Friday, July 29, 2022 9:47:39 AM

Best of July from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Friday, July 29, 2022 9:42:51 AM

Improving Science Literacy Means Changing Science Education
Research shows that the teaching method for most college science courses reinforces memorization of isolated facts without necessarily making connections between them.
Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:24:57 PM

The Art of Curating Your List of References
Curating a strong and strategic reference list is an important, yet often overlooked, part of landing the job.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10:49:16 AM

Navigating Change Management – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In this episode focused on 'change management' Andy and Kelly interview Matt Trainum, a consultant at Credo who shares his insights into the dynamic world of change management in higher education.
Wednesday, July 27, 2022 9:35:42 AM

Succession Planning, Talent Management, and Professional Development
What does your institution's succession plan look like? Is your institution's mission a primary focus in that succession plan?
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:52:28 AM

Confident Job Seekers Prioritize Pay, Flexibility -- While They Still Can
Get a glimpse at the concerns, challenges, and priorities U.S. workers and job seekers have about their job search experience.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022 7:16:57 AM

Thinking Beyond “Summer Melt” Enrollment Declines
With a long-term student enrollment decline looming, experts recommend doubling down on efforts to reduce summer melt.
Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:36:37 PM

Workplace Pride and ‘Vocational Awe’ of Higher Education
Pride in one's workplace has a positive effect on employees' job performance and loyalty. But there are also darker sides of pride that can be harmful to workers, especially those in higher education.
Wednesday, July 20, 2022 11:45:53 AM

How Community Colleges Can Support the First-Gen and Student Veteran Population
A large percentage of community college students are first-generation students. In this Higher Ed Careers interview, Marjorie Morrison of Cuyahoga Community College shares best practices for engaging and retaining this population and student veterans.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Exchanging Ideas Leads to Intentional Inclusion – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In this episode Kelly and Andy learn about NHBCUAA, a foundation focused on providing assistance and support for HBCUs and HBCU alumni.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022 3:00:00 AM

Gaming the College Rankings
Ever since U.S. News & World Report began ranking colleges in 1983, educators have devoted endless hours to employing gaming techniques. Why do schools cheat, and what can be done about it?
Monday, July 18, 2022 3:00:00 AM

The Evolving Hiring Process – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In the inaugural episode of the HigherEdJobs Podcast, Andy and Kelly interview Christopher D. Lee, the chief human resources officer at the college of William & Mary, who shares his wisdom from many years of HR leadership.
Thursday, July 14, 2022 4:46:16 AM

Great Leaders Know How and When to Follow
If you cannot follow, you cannot lead. Leadership development programs may be able to teach the functions of being a good leader, but the ability to be a great leader cannot be taught in a classroom.
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 10:57:19 AM

When the Time Comes To Make Difficult Personnel Decisions
Removing an employee can be a lengthy and expensive process that some leaders will try to avoid at all costs. However, in some cases, it is an imperative decision that can improve your workplace morale, mission, and goals.
Monday, July 11, 2022 10:37:00 AM

Keeping Chat in the F2F Classroom: The Back Channel
Zoom's chat feature revolutionized our classrooms by giving students an immediate and low-risk way to talk to the professor. Consider these similar back channels you can use in face-to-face teaching.
Friday, July 8, 2022 7:15:28 AM

Five Ways to ‘Think Again’ About Your Career
Consider these five lessons for higher education job seekers from Adam Grant's book "Think Again."
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 11:03:24 AM

Business Schools Get a Bad Rap – But a Closer Look Shows They’re Often a Force for Good
Business schools have garnered many critics who say they aren't preparing future leaders in the field, but one scholar's research tells quite a different story.
Tuesday, July 5, 2022 10:47:37 AM

Why I Am Optimistic About the Future of HBCUs
A retired higher education leader shares his optimistic outlook for the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:54:22 AM

The ABCs of Successful Virtual Interviews
Virtual job interviews are here to stay, even though you'll likely have an on-campus interview as well. With some extra preparation for video, success in this phase can be as easy as A-B-C.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 11:48:55 AM

Leading Teams Through Tough Times with Empathy
When employees have stress in their personal lives, they often struggle more with performance in the office. Leaders can help by identifying those outside influences.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 6:45:18 AM

Stop Espousing Your Value Proposition and Start Delivering on It
If strategic plans are values-based, mission-focused, and designed to be transformative, why are our institutions never transformed? Dr. Shai L. Butler says we must stop looking for new words to describe our value proposition and start delivering on it.
Monday, June 27, 2022 5:00:00 AM

Embrace the Kinks in the Road – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
In the season finale of the HigherEdJobs Podcast, Andy interviews Martin Atkins, a rock star turned higher ed professor who shares his advice for students and higher ed professionals alike.
Friday, June 24, 2022 10:49:21 AM

From Colleague to Chair, Department to Dean: Faculty Members in Leadership Positions
Having academics in key administrative roles can foster the viability of shared governance. But this cannot happen by chance. Presidents must assist faculty in developing leadership skills.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022 3:57:08 AM

Putting an End to Manipulative Attacks on Our Competence and Character
When someone makes unflattering remarks about our competence and character, how can we distinguish if they're a manipulative bully or a caring adult? 
Monday, June 20, 2022 9:24:52 AM

The Internal Candidate – The Bane of a Job Seeker's Existence
Imagine this: you've made it to the third-round interview for your dream job. Then you learn it's between you and an internal candidate. What can you do when your competition is already on staff?
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 4:20:23 AM

More Student or Faculty Diversity on Campus Leads to Lower Racial Gaps in Graduation Rates
A recent study found that higher percentages of students and faculty of color tend to close racial gaps in graduation rates, meaning colleges may want to bolster their diversity efforts.
Friday, June 10, 2022 5:23:03 AM

Writing an Effective Research Statement
Are you preparing your tenure dossier or looking for a job this summer? As you're writing, consider this advice for constructing an effective research statement.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 8:53:50 AM

College Student Loan Relief Should be Rethought
Instead of focusing on reducing the total amount of student debt, the administration should focus on fixing the problems with the federal student aid programs and provide relief to those who suffered the most.
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 8:25:11 AM

Half-Year Resolutions: Set New Goals as Summer Begins
January can be a difficult time for resolution-making, especially after the holiday break. Perhaps we stand to be more successful if we make our resolutions at a more favorable time of the year.
Monday, June 6, 2022 11:16:20 AM

Avoid the ‘Complexity Trap’ When Explaining Your Candidacy
When attempting to impress a search committee or anyone with hiring influence, you might be tempted to use jargon and terminology related to your discipline. But you could be sabotaging your candidacy.
Friday, June 3, 2022 11:24:52 AM

The HigherEdJobs Podcast Playlist: For Job Seekers and Music Fans
Are you the kind of person who listens to music while you work on your resume, CV, or cover letter? If so, the HigherEdJobs Playlist is made for you.
Thursday, June 2, 2022 11:15:23 AM

What Should Higher Ed Leaders Learn from the Great Resignation?
Last year, 47 million workers resigned from the American workforce. How has this employment shift impacted the higher ed industry and what can industry leaders learn?
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 11:45:50 AM

Best of May from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything in May, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 10:52:53 AM

Have You Heard About the Community College Presidents' Initiative in STEM?
Community colleges, serving the most diverse student body in higher education, can play a critical role in effective diversification of the STEM workforce.
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 10:28:27 AM

Why America Needs Its Independent Colleges and Universities
Why should we care about whether independent colleges and universities continue to thrive? This small, ever challenged, and overperforming sector contributes to the national education ecosystem in powerful ways.
Friday, May 27, 2022 4:16:58 AM

Universities are a Driving Force in Economics and Ethics

While far from perfect, colleges and universities serve society well, both as economic engines and as critics -- challenging the status quo and teaching students to raise ethical questions.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:18:48 AM

How to Stop Employees from Hoarding Knowledge
In an age where knowledge is constantly evolving, it's important for employees to share what they know and learn from each other. Unshared knowledge makes day-to-day work less productive and employee transitions less effective.
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 8:15:52 AM

Change Your Luck by How You Look at Your Career
Career advancement, or lack thereof, is often attributed to luck. But getting a job is not all about a rabbit's foot or even already having your foot in the door. The way you think about luck might affect your career outcomes.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 7:00:00 AM

Updating Your Soft Skills Toolbox – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
Soft skills are often what set high performers apart from their peers with similar technical skills. Eileen Meyer joins Andy and Kelly to discuss the importance of these interpersonal abilities and how you can demonstrate them in an interview.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 5:43:13 AM

A Likely Post-Roe Future for Higher Education
How might the overturn of Roe v. Wade impact higher education institutions? The decision may disproportionately impact some campuses, such as HBCUs.
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 5:55:45 AM

Higher Ed's Unacknowledged Crisis: Discontented Middle Managers

Campus middle-managers are essential to the achievement of institutional goals. Enhancing their effectiveness, improving their morale, and reducing their turnover should be pressing priorities for leaders.

Monday, May 16, 2022 11:36:32 AM

Stop Your Team from Settling for Compromise Solutions
What distinguishes a well-functioning team from one that merely gets by? One variable is its ability to persist through conflict to achieve positive results, rather than continually settling for short-term compromise solutions.
Friday, May 13, 2022 6:13:39 AM

Evaluating Your Job Search Progress
What does progress in your job search look like? Even if you haven't found that perfect fit yet, you're taking important steps on your journey of self-discovery.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6:15:48 AM

3 Ways to Make ‘Belonging’ More Than a Buzzword in Higher Ed
'Belonging' is trending in higher education. Does the emphasis and recent increased interest in belonging actually enhance students' well-being and ultimately help them succeed? Or is belonging just being used as a feel-good buzzword that is meant to appease recent demands for greater inclusion? Here are three alternative ways of thinking about belonging in higher education.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 6:24:34 AM

You Should Think About Working in Independent Higher Education
Are you a job seeker who wants to work at a distinctive institution? Are you someone who wants to work in a community setting? Do you want to work collaboratively? Do you want to work with unique students? Are you looking for more than just a career? Maybe an independent institution is for you and you should think about working for independent colleges and universities.
Monday, May 9, 2022 8:08:13 AM

A Glimpse into Res Life -- Balancing Student Safety with Higher Ed Happiness
Steven Couras, associate dean of residential life and off-campus housing at Curtis Institute of Music expresses how the pandemic has changed a music school. He shares how he manages his professional role, works to ensure campus safety, prioritizes mental health for students, creates innovative engagement activities, and his outlook for the next several years. See what you can learn from Couras and implement on your campus.
Friday, May 6, 2022 3:52:26 AM

Serving Students Beyond Graduation Rates – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
For years, researchers have been trying to measure and identify the 'S' in HSI and MSI. Beyond graduation rates, how can institutions ensure they are serving their students? Is the answer servingness? In Episode 8 of The HigherEdJobs Podcast, Kelly and Andy interview Dr. Gina Ann Garcia about her work with Hispanic-serving institutions and her frameworks for measuring servingness.
Thursday, May 5, 2022 6:29:54 AM

How Leaders Can Build Community Through Employee Appreciation
Employee appreciation events for faculty, staff, and student workers are effective ways to say “thanks” to the people who make your campus a community. They have instrumental benefits but more importantly they express a philosophy, the idea that everyone on campus contributes to the success and the excellence of the institution. 
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 4:17:14 AM

Five Tips for Pursuing a Better Job Title
Are you looking to pursue a better job title? Are you doing work that exceeds your current job title? Check out some tips on how to build your case for a promotion and how to prepare your materials. At the end of the day, remember to prioritize your happiness over a job title. 
Monday, May 2, 2022 5:51:59 AM

Best of April from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. Happy 'end of the spring semester'! 
Friday, April 29, 2022 5:04:11 AM

Virtual Interviews Bait-and-Switch
What do you do when the person who interviewed for the job isn't the person who shows up to work? As the number of virtual interviews has escalated thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, anecdotal evidence suggests the number of bait-and-switch situations is escalating. So, how can you head off a bait-and-switch situation?
Thursday, April 28, 2022 7:16:31 AM

Does Your Workplace Have Symptoms of Groupthink? – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
Are you experiencing groupthink at your institution? Are some members of your team intentionally or unintentionally not speaking up? How are you trying to work through this? In Episode 7 of The HigherEdJobs Podcast, Kelly and Andy interview Justin Zackal about productive conflict and 'Groupthink' in higher ed.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 7:00:00 PM

Why HR Shouldn’t Ignore the Resume Gap
When stacks of resumes for any given job posting come in, it is natural to set a criterion for wading through them. Often, these come in the forms of required education, years of experience, or relevant experience. The time has come to not allow a resume gap to be the thing that sends an applicant's file to the slush pile.
Monday, April 25, 2022 5:28:49 AM

Higher Ed: The Underemphasized but Powerful Force for Advancing Sustainability
This Earth Day we learned more about a higher ed career in sustainability. Julian Dautremont, director of programs, from The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) shared his career path, experience in sustainability, and what sustainability in higher education looks like these days. 
Thursday, April 21, 2022 7:00:00 PM

How to Cope with and Overcome Common Career Challenges – HigherEdJobs Podcast Recap
All careers have their ups and downs. On a recent episode of

HigherEdJobs Podcast, Beryl Greenberg, an executive and career coach, advised how you can approach some of the common challenges.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 6:00:00 AM

Why Job Seekers Procrastinate and How to Avoid It
We all procrastinate by putting things off that we ought to be doing.  Procrastination is a protective strategy for coping with conflicting motivations. Job seekers often have conflicting motivations like financial security, aligning their values with an employer, serving the common good, and achieving career satisfaction. Learn how you, as a higher education job seeker, can avoid procrastination in your job search.
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 4:55:34 AM

Navigating Organizational Politics at Work -- Advice from an Expert
Do you avoid organizational politics at all costs? If that's your viewpoint, organizational consultant Allison Vaillancourt has some advice for you: Get over it. Countering the notion that employees can opt out of organizational politics, check out advice for navigating power dynamics, building trust and influence, and, if need be, exiting gracefully.
Monday, April 18, 2022 4:23:57 AM

How Talent Intelligence Can Help Colleges and Universities Reduce Quit Rates and Compete with the Private Sector
Droves of U.S. workers -- including higher education professionals -- are quitting their jobs to find higher salaries or simply to recover from COVID-19 burnout. Higher education HR professionals must ramp up their use of talent intelligence tools starting with digital reference checks. Contrary to many myths about reference checks being time-consuming, top employers are relying on digital reference checks more than ever.
Sunday, April 17, 2022 7:00:00 PM

Assessing Your Own Readiness: Be Bold, Realistic, and Courageous
Do you know how to assess your own readiness for leadership positions? This can be especially challenging for women and others who have been historically excluded from leadership positions. An objective self-assessment--one grounded in self-compassion and self-care--is an important part of building your career. Be bold, be realistic, and be courageous.
Friday, April 15, 2022 5:31:42 AM

How to Prepare for a Stay Interview
Stay interviews have been generating plenty of buzz in recent workplace news. But what does this mean in a practical sense? As an employee, how do you prepare if your manager sends you a stay interview invitation? As an employer, what questions should you ask if you are planning to conduct stay interviews with your employees? Find out the basics, logistics, and how to prepare. 
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 10:37:42 AM

Reflections on Leadership in Ten Steps
In Part II Dr. Robert A. Scott shares five more lessons and insights for executive leaders in higher education from 30 years of leadership experience. These lessons include implementing team efforts, setting aside time for reflection, securing your leadership footing, asking for help, and offering effective mentorship for others.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 5:38:25 AM

Riding the Wave of College Presidential Turnover
If you work in higher education, you're likely well aware of the pressures facing college presidents. The tremendous burdens on the shoulders of presidents must be carried by others during transitions. Here are a few things to consider that will make you more resilient and a better steward of your institution and your career during times of greater presidential turnover.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 9:06:01 AM

Book Review -- The College Teacher’s Handbook: A Resource Collection for New Faculty
While "The College Teacher's Handbook: A Resource Collection for New Faculty" will be a wonderful read for new faculty, it is also a sound reference book for any professor. The handbook provides all faculty informative guidelines and sound advice on the craft of teaching focusing on teaching strategies, student learning, testing and evaluation, technology and multimedia, and special considerations.
Monday, April 4, 2022 8:52:38 AM

A New Venture for HigherEdJobs Co-Founders
Before the dawn of HigherEdJobs, the three co-founders were actually first connected through their passion for music. That passion for music has translated and shifted over the years. I had the opportunity to ask our co-founders about how music has inspired them in their careers. See what the next steps are for our co-founders.
Friday, April 1, 2022 2:16:12 AM

I No Longer Grade My Students’ Work – and I Wish I Had Stopped Sooner
I've been teaching college English for more than 30 years. Four years ago, I stopped putting grades on written work, and it has transformed my teaching and my students' learning. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.
Thursday, March 31, 2022 11:51:16 AM

Reflections on Leadership in Ten Steps
Reflecting on 30 years of experience as a campus president, Dr. Robert A. Scott, President Emeritus, Adelphi University and Ramapo College of New Jersey, shares the ten most important lessons he has learned over the years. In Part I, he shares his first five lessons on effective leadership, effective communication, and fostering diversity.
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 4:49:44 AM

Why Universities Should Hire More Female Veterans
As we celebrate Women's History Month, we decided to take a moment to advocate for why higher education should hire more women veterans. Jill Hinton Wolfe, a veteran working in higher education herself, highlights several reasons universities should hire more female veterans.
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 5:26:33 AM

Best of March from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 4:19:46 AM

Honor Women’s History Month: Reduce the Gender Wage Gap
Make history this March. Start now and make it your year to chart a plan to measure pay gaps and gaps in representation at your institution. Move the needle for current and future female professionals who comprise your academic community. Close the power gap and the pay gap.
Monday, March 28, 2022 4:27:45 AM

How Much is the Media Buzz from a March Madness Cinderella Run Worth to a School Like Saint Peter’s?
Few people outside Jersey City had heard of the No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s Peacocks before they upset No. 2 seed Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Now St. Peter's is on the brink of earning millions of dollars over the next four years. A Cinderella run that boosts enrollment, has tangible financial benefits. 
Friday, March 25, 2022 11:03:19 AM

Women in Leadership: Push Forward, Find Allies, and Do Your Best Work
Women's History Month highlights and celebrates the contributions women bring to higher education throughout history and in contemporary society. Dr. Christine Himes, dean of the Lewis College of Science and Letters at Illinois Tech, shares her expertise, lessons learned, and hopes for future women leaders in higher education.
Thursday, March 24, 2022 9:08:24 AM

The Secret to Motivating Your Employees Is Not To
What is the secret to 'How do you motivate people?' The answer is 'You dont.' Russell Thacker, PhD, walks through Theory X and Theory Y managerial styles, highlighting their pros and cons and specific strategies. There are a number of situations when leaders should use both styles to effectively lead.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 4:56:39 AM

Does Faculty and Staff Satisfaction Equate to Better Student Learning Outcomes and Co-Curricular Experiences?
Why do higher education leaders not pay more attention to faculty and staff morale and satisfaction? Sydney Freeman Jr., Ph.D. and Wendy Bruun, Ed.D. identify that indirect activities actually have a strong impact on student satisfaction. When staff have felt they were in a stable and thriving team, students have been more satisfied. 
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 5:37:33 AM

Strategic Career Thinking is Life Long
Is thinking strategically about what lies ahead a career long endeavor? Even when retirement is on the horizon? Charles R. Middleton, Ph.D. shares that when we think strategically about our core characteristics as leaders, and those foundational skills that we are good at and enjoy doing, our own possibilities open up heretofore unimagined opportunities.
Friday, March 18, 2022 7:10:39 AM

Transforming Your Retirement Plan to Create Meaningful Change
The pandemic has upended the status quo. Now is the time for institutions to revisit and evaluate their retirement plans. In an academic environment that values tradition and rigor, this process takes time and requires consensus from a range of stakeholders and influencers. The right partner will have both retirement plan and education industry expertise to help you navigate the complex cultural factors at play at your institution.
Thursday, March 17, 2022 5:06:59 AM

The Exciting Potential of Rural-Serving Institutions (RSIs)
With growing evidence of rural-urban social, economic, and political divides, higher education policymakers and practitioners are paying more attention to America's hinterlands. Regardless of whether one has recently arrived to the topic or is a lifelong advocate for rural education, we should not overlook the innovative approaches that are being deployed to enhance both K-12 and postsecondary education for rural communities.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 5:13:16 AM

5 Ways College Instructors Can Help Students Take Care of Their Mental Health
Based on recent scholarship -- along with guidance from mental health practitioners who work in a college setting -- Max Coleman, a doctoral candidate studying the sociology of mental health, developed a set of best practices for instructors and others who wish to see college students flourish.
Monday, March 14, 2022 1:52:17 PM

Should You Be a Critic, or Even a Cynic, in a Job Interview?
Critics and cynics are faultfinders; they both express doubt and unfavorable opinions and can be perceived as more intelligent. If the goal is to convince a search committee to hire you, then what’s wrong with offering your critique if it is going to make people believe you are more intelligent? But offering unsolicited criticism and exposing internal cynicism is how many job applicants sabotage their candidacy.
Friday, March 11, 2022 6:53:35 AM

What The American Rescue Plan Did for Higher Ed, One Year Later
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) last year provided one of history’s biggest one-time infusions of federal dollars to community colleges, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and other higher education institutions through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). About 93% of colleges from a recent survey used HEERF to provide direct financial support to students at risk of stopping out of school. 
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 10:26:43 AM

Professional Temptations and Opportunities
Have you ever come across a job description or got a call from a search consultant about an exciting open leadership position? Did you think to yourself, "This sounds really exciting" and wonder "Should I actually apply?" Throwing your hat in the ring without really thinking it through may seem harmless, but applying for a leadership position has consequences whether you get the job or not.
Monday, March 7, 2022 3:01:49 AM

Deterring Passive Aggressive Behaviors in the Workplace

Workplace bullying includes more than overt behaviors that are immediately evident. It also involves indirect, behind-the-back behaviors like spreading gossip, lies, false accusations, and undermining an employee's reputation and credibility. It often occurs subtly, covertly, and without the employee's knowledge until long after it has happened, and the damage is done. Daniel B. Griffith shares how leaders can deter passive aggressive behaviors and triangulation in the workplace.

Friday, March 4, 2022 5:19:03 AM

Book Review -- The New PhD: How to Build a Better Graduate Education

This is necessary reading for administrators, faculty, and students. The authors provide specific examples and case studies to illustrate where change is necessary. In the authors' view, higher education is myopic in their graduate program development. Reforms might serve to broaden perspectives and desired outcomes for both the institutions and the students they serve.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 3:23:00 AM

The Best of February from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything last month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 2:57:14 AM

In the Spirit of Black History Month, You Can No Longer Be “Not Racist”
Our understanding of Black history helps us become more aware of integration at the very core of our structures; it reveals that Black history is the fabric of what makes America who we are. Leslie Ekpe shares how higher education leadership, faculty, staff, and students can deepen their anti-racist work to ensure that activism does not "fit" into just one month.
Monday, February 28, 2022 7:43:06 AM

To Accept or Not to Accept? Navigating Academic Job Offers
Are you mulling over a job offer? Have you considered how institutional reputation matters? Have you taken time to observe and reflect on behaviors and attitudes during your interviews? Do you know your worth? Bertin M. Louis Jr., PhD, shares his advice for anyone mulling over a job offer or two.
Friday, February 25, 2022 3:55:30 AM

Stay Interviews Can Be an Antidote to Exit Interviews
Checking in with employees to determine their satisfaction levels leads to higher retention, performance.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 8:48:41 AM

The Changing Landscape of Residence Life and Housing
Long gone are the days of computer labs and floor lounges with an old TV! Residence life has changed dramatically over the past decade, let alone the past several years. In this Higher Ed Careers Interview, learn what's new in residence life and how the field adjusts to ever-changing environments and student experiences.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022 3:49:29 AM

Most Higher Ed Employees Now Qualify for Loan Forgiveness through PSLF

Non-profit professionals are earning student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Waiver. Borrowers need to be full-time employees of a federal, state, local, or tribal government employer or a non-profit organization. They also need to have direct federal loans; consolidating loans can meet this stipulation. Learn more from Christine McDonough, director of student financial services at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 5:36:26 AM

4 Ways to Help STEM Majors Stay the Course
Black and Latino students who start out majoring in STEM are more likely than their white peers to switch fields or leave without a degree. The authors, two Ph.D. biology candidates, joined a group of scientists in 2021 to discover and curate four recommendations to help underrepresented students build their scientific identity and stick with STEM.
Monday, February 21, 2022 7:13:12 AM

Friends, Donors, Advocates: The Many Roles of Women in Philanthropy
Philanthropy by women should not be discounted. Women donors, and the strength of women pooling their resources for impact and change, can cultivate better higher education institutions. Women donors also want to be engaged in the organizations they support by seeking meaningful leadership roles and maintaining personal connections. So how can institutions meaningfully engage women donors?
Friday, February 18, 2022 5:03:54 AM

Employees Absent from Trainings? What Now?
Do your professional development trainings have a lot of absentees? Do you have regular last-minute cancellations and no shows for scheduled trainings? Consistent absences could be a sign of poor leadership or a devaluing of internal development opportunities. Check out these five excuses for why employees could be missing professional development trainings and their causes.
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 2:36:35 AM

Stand Out in Your Next Job Interview with ‘Earned Secrets’
If you've been invited to campus for a job interview, you likely have a lot in common with the other candidates. Rather than reiterate your experiences already highlighted in your application materials, what do you talk about during your interview that will make you stand out from the other candidates? What you need to stand out is an earned secret.
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 3:16:05 AM

The Black Lives Matter Movement: Impact on the Monuments of the Confederacy and Beyond
In this interview, Author in Residence Emily Allen Williams examines the trajectory of the Black Lives Matter Movement alongside Dr. Nancy Wellington and Dr. Sharon Albert Honore. The interview stresses that various organizations, institutions, and movements perform differently in their quest for political freedom, but each in their own way have added to the historical landscape and insistence for political space and place.
Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:23:08 AM

A Playbook to Help Colleges Bring Students Across the Degree Finish Line
At least 36 million Americans have attended college but needed to stop before they earned a degree. In response as the pandemic continues to make completing a degree harder for many, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a nonprofit research and advocacy organization, published a playbook to help institutions support these millions of people with some credits but no degree.
Tuesday, February 8, 2022 3:57:08 AM

Why Community College Students Quit Despite being Almost Finished
A recent study contacted over 27,000 former students of five large and diverse community colleges in Florida who had left in the prior four years without a degree. The researchers have since identified 11 of the most important reasons those community colleges students left before completing their degrees.
Monday, February 7, 2022 8:50:30 AM

‘Do You Have a Minute’ to Consider this Remote Work Trade-Off?
Regardless of the pandemic status, remote work is now more common in higher education. Even if, and when, remote work becomes less of a safety measure, the home office or virtual classroom are more viable options for employers to retain workers, reduce overhead costs, and increase efficiencies. But there are trade-offs to consider if you have the option to work from home. 
Friday, February 4, 2022 5:36:33 AM

What is Healthy Competition?

What is healthy competition? Higher education is competitive. Our work culture is competitive. We feel the need to prove ourselves, but we are also just professionals doing a job. We don’t have to be perfect. While competition is important for fostering innovation and creativity, balancing and keeping in mind the negative consequences of competition is imperative for a healthy work culture. 

Thursday, February 3, 2022 6:42:23 AM

When Women Lead

New research from CUPA-HR has identified several findings that indicate differences in pay and representation when institutions are led by women compared to when institutions are led by men.

Monday, January 31, 2022 8:45:45 AM

The Best of January from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything this month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career.

Friday, January 28, 2022 9:24:45 AM

Examining Conflict’s Past for a Better Future
When trying to resolve our conflicts, must we dwell on the past? Don’t we want to move forward in a positive manner and put aside what’s come before and caused our difficulties? The past is murky and unsettling; why revisit it? If we are to meaningfully address our conflicts now and for the future, we must understand how and why they occurred. 
Thursday, January 27, 2022 8:06:15 AM

Beyond the Numbers: Creating a Truly Diverse Organization
Experts in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) agree that the long-term success and sustainability of a DE&I initiative depends on an organization's ability to create an environment in which everyone's voice is heard and every employee is treated fairly and with respect.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 2:55:46 AM

Working Toward Productive Conflict and Away from ‘Groupthink’

One way to increase productive conflict, and prevent groupthink, is by creating a diverse workplace. Having people from various backgrounds, whether that's race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status, increases the diversity of thought and perspectives within organizational groups. Justin Zackal highlights how to achieve productive conflict and watch for signs of groupthink.

Friday, January 21, 2022 6:07:30 AM

Rediscovering Meaning at Work
Higher education leaders should help those they lead state the purpose of their work more often and in their own words in faculty trainings, in-service days, interviews, or even in faculty meetings. If leaders are not careful to nurture the motivation of their faculty and staff, they may become burned-out or tune out from the mission of their organization.
Friday, January 21, 2022 3:32:10 AM

Book Review – The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World
Is it time for the academy to rethink its rules and reward systems? Current reward systems focus on the narrow success metric of impactful research accepted for publication in particular A-list journals. Andrew Hoffman, author of "The Engaged Scholar" argues it's time to create more community-centered scholars working on crucial societal issues.
Friday, January 21, 2022 2:58:55 AM

The Art of Staying Positive
The art of staying positive doesn’t mean ignoring the reality of what’s happening. It means accepting reality for what it is and deciding to thrive anyway; then devising your own formula for what that looks like for you and committing to it. Take care of yourself on difficult days. Reach out to your therapist and your community. Take breaks.
Thursday, January 20, 2022 5:40:20 AM

Creating and Sustaining Change with a Systemic Institutional Approach
Organizational change to achieve significant goals requires a systemic approach. The problems we face in higher education are complex and daunting; we need to be systemic, comprehensive, and committed in our efforts to achieve our goals and create the organizations we envision. Ann E. Austin and Sandra Laursen share lessons learned about creating and sustaining organizational change.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 7:06:22 AM

Job Seekers’ Path of Mastery and Career Seasons

Don’t define yourself as an active or passive job seeker. You’re always a work in progress on a path of mastery. Explore and exploit at various times in your career. Know which career season you’re in and tailor your job search accordingly. And, most of all, be patient. Nothing hard-won or worth having in your career happens all at once.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 3:15:22 AM

The US Doesn’t Have Enough Faculty to Train the Next Generation of Nurses

Despite a national nursing shortage in the United States, over 80,000 qualified applications were not accepted at U.S. nursing schools in 2020, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. This was due primarily to a shortage of nursing professors and a limited number of clinical placements where nursing students get practical job training.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 6:36:53 AM

Student-Facing College Workers, Contingent Faculty Face Exhaustion

As students begin returning to campus amid Omicron's rapid spread, pushing some universities to pivot to all-online classes again, those who work in student affairs or teach as contingent faculty must once more navigate uncertainties and stresses of their jobs.

Monday, January 10, 2022 8:29:45 AM

Pathways for Students: Those Who Left and Those Who Never Started
Appropriating haphazard approaches to recruiting students, especially those who have left your institution and adult students 24+, without processes and methods will yield inadequate, if any, successful outcomes. There is so much that can be done to re-enroll students who have left before obtaining their degree and help adult students who have never attended college, but detailed work must be done. 
Wednesday, January 5, 2022 4:37:26 AM

Got Zoom Fatigue? Out-of-Sync Brainwaves Could Be Another Reason Videoconferencing Is Such a Drag
During the pandemic, video calls became a way for us to connect with friends and family from afar. Some of us enjoyed Zoom trivia nights, happy hours, and live performances. But did you ever feel drained after Zoom sessions? Even those that were scheduled for fun? Julie Boland delves into Zoom fatigue and its causes.
Tuesday, January 4, 2022 3:45:53 AM

Is ‘Heroic Individualism’ Stunting Your Career Growth?
Higher education professionals aren’t going to overcome their heroic individualism in one fell swoop and suddenly rid themselves of restlessness, anxiety, and burnout. But always trying to play the hero will lead you closer to zero energy, zero confidence, and zero growth. 
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 11:02:54 AM

2021 Made Us Stronger: Here’s How
It's been an eventful year. Living through a pandemic, political upheaval, and uncertainty in the higher education workplace has been physically challenging and emotionally exhausting. So much has happened. This year of change ripped apart the seams of tradition and forced us to reexamine what we once assumed were fixed realities.
Monday, December 27, 2021 8:24:49 AM

The Year 2021 From HigherEdJobs
At the end of each December, we take inventory of all the articles published on HigherEdJobs throughout the year. Here is a glimpse of what higher education in 2021 looked like from HigherEdJobs.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:55:43 AM

Making Wellness a Campus-Wide Effort
As we head into 2022, what are some of the best ways for campuses to promote wellness and reach students? Diana Cusumano, director of JED Campus and Wellness Initiatives at the Jed Foundation, tells us. Students must be involved in planning, helping, and spreading the word about our campus wellness events.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 4:44:26 AM

Writing an Effective Teaching Statement
Teaching statements are important because they give applicants the opportunity to reflect on what makes them an effective instructor. You should approach the construction of this document as an opportunity to discuss your philosophy and pedagogical techniques within the classroom. Check out three tips that will help you construct your own effective teaching statement.
Monday, December 20, 2021 3:15:57 AM

Strategies for Reducing Unhealthy Conflict in Our Lives

Do you find yourself caught up in unwinnable debates on cultural and political issues? High conflict is more common in certain workplaces, such as universities and hospitals, making it a considerable concern for higher education professionals. Many factors contribute to high conflict, and we can't control them all. But we can control our responses and not allow unhealthy conflict to consume us.

Thursday, December 16, 2021 3:05:00 AM

The Consent Agenda: Clearing a Path for Effective Governance
Boards of trustees and presidents often find that immediate concerns take up valuable time that could be spent on discussing important issues, like long-term and strategic issues related to the curriculum, demographics, technology, and funding. Implementing a consent agenda for routine, procedural decisions, that are unlikely to be controversial, allows the board to approve routine items together and free up time for substantive items.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 3:53:19 AM

There’s Nothing Soft About These Skills

Communication, problem-solving, teamwork, critical thinking, a positive attitude, creativity, and empathy are some examples of a soft skill set. How important are these skills, and how did they get categorized as "soft"? Those of us who have worked with colleagues who are lacking in soft skills understand just how much professional cultures rely on employees who exhibit soft skill fluency.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 4:00:00 AM

One Way to Rethink Rejection
Institutions have problems. That's why they hire people to solve them. Not getting the job means it's not your problem to solve yet. Justin Zackal advocates for not taking rejection personally and to think of your career as driving in traffic. Imagine that rejections are simply red lights, stop signs, and detours. Do you take those personally?
Monday, December 13, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Promoting a Strengths-Based Perspective of College Athletes

College athletes are continuously seen through deficit focused lenses. In resistance to deficit focused lenses, Molly Harry details the many forms of capital college athletes possess and can contribute to a college campus. Harry advocates, to be truly inclusive, higher education must do away with deficit perspectives of college athletes and appreciate this student group for all they bring to university communities.

Friday, December 10, 2021 7:19:18 AM

Mastering Non-Verbal Cues in Leadership
Because communication plays such a massive role in leadership, leaders must be aware of how all their non-verbal signals are being interpreted as well as how to read these cues in others. This is especially true for higher education leaders. Russell Thacker highlights five non-verbal cues that speak volumes when it comes to leadership.
Thursday, December 9, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Female Faculty of Color Do Extra Diversity Work for No Extra Reward – Here’s How to Fix That
Female faculty members of color are disproportionately called upon by both colleagues and students to do diversity, equity, and inclusion work. While diversity work is often meaningful to them, most faculty members' workloads and rewards systems are not designed to recognize this labor when it comes to salaries and promotions.
Monday, December 6, 2021 4:00:00 PM

The Blessing and Curse of Higher Education’s ‘Collective Restoration’

Individuals benefit from the rest and recovery that comes with collective restoration. However, there's also an individual cost when the higher education community depends on collective restoration. Justin Zackal reminds us of how we are restored, as a community, when we are apart every once in a while.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 6:00:00 AM

The Best of November from HigherEdJobs
Each month, HigherEdJobs puts together a list of our editor's picks from the last few weeks that highlight issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. In case you missed anything this month, here are the best articles in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Workplace Issues; Student Affairs; and Leadership Advice.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Celebrating GivingTuesday
"Tuesday, November 30, 2021 is one of my favorite days of the year," writes Andrew Hibel. "It's GivingTuesday, which is a day to reflect on acts of generosity and to remember that every act of generosity counts. It is great to see so many higher education institutions across the nation celebrating GivingTuesday."
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:58:18 AM

Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education: Systemic Change or PR?

Diversity and inclusion, both in person and in the digital realm, have been playing an increasingly important role within higher education. Universities must embrace differences not only to enroll a new cohort of talented students, but also to form and graduate professionals who are fully prepared to enter the diverse workforce driving our global economy.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:10:13 AM

Can Remote Work Options Help Higher Education Retain Employees?

Ultimately, more flexible work arrangements, including work-from-home options, may be necessary to retain staff in higher education according to a recent study completed by CUPA-HR and EDUCAUSE. The study focused on preferred work arrangements and actual work arrangements, and participants included higher education IT professionals and higher education HR professionals.

Monday, November 29, 2021 7:00:00 AM

How to Ensure DEI Hiring is More Than Checking a Box

Efforts to train and include search advocates on hiring committees are well-intentioned and can often help bring more focus to inclusive hiring practices. However, these efforts can also overlook the complexities of hiring in general and the need to weave inclusive hiring practices into all elements of the search process. So how do you incorporate DEI practices, in a meaningful way, to yield the results you are seeking?

Sunday, November 28, 2021 4:55:12 AM

National American Indian Heritage Month: Land-Grab Universities Building Different Futures
Each November brings celebrations of Native American culture and history. Truly honoring America's indigenous people is important, and it's deep. It requires learning about our country's myriad indigenous cultures and their traditions. It also means understanding the injustices Native Americans have weathered and continue to endure.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021 2:00:00 PM

The Importance of Scholarships, Fellowships, and Other Exchange Programs: Why Your College Needs Them

Scholarship and fellowship programs not only enrich the life of the recipient, but ultimately promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas. In this interview with Claire E. Kervin, we delve deeper into the benefits of such programs to applicants and institutions alike. In addition, Kervin shares best practices for supporting students in their professional endeavors.

Friday, November 19, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Indigenous Scholars Push for Visibility on Campus and Call for New Metrics of Success
Invisibility is part of the everyday struggle for indigenous students in higher education. Some students, like Jasmine Neosh, may even end up feeling like they don't belong in higher education at all. False narratives and stereotypes play a big role in this indigenous alienation, not only for those outside Native communities but also for those within.
Friday, November 19, 2021 4:00:00 AM

Should You Limit Your Personal Branding?

It's important to set boundaries on the way you share career achievements or at least acknowledge the adverse effects of having to maintain a personal brand. The danger of hyper-focusing on your personal brand is obsessing over your career story where it becomes performative, and not reflective of the actual experience.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Focusing on the Needs of Student-Centered Employees
Are we really being authentically student-focused in our work or are we just saying we are in a performative way to keep our jobs, or to have people not question our commitment to students? Two higher education professionals explore this question and share one institution's employee success model that can be replicated at other colleges and universities.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 10:00:00 AM

How Higher Education Can Better Appreciate the Military Family

In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, Andrew Hibel talks with Marie Burnside of Grand Valley State University about her role as a military spouse and how it influences her work in higher education. Burnside also shares insight on how colleges and universities can better serve military families.

Monday, November 15, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Why Are Salary Ranges Excluded from Higher Education Job Postings?

Ever wonder why salary ranges are often excluded from job postings? Or why you have to re-enter information in ATS systems? How about all the additional materials required for applications? Debbie Hatke, Director of Talent Acquisition at the University of Cincinnati, sheds some light on these common job seeker questions.

Monday, November 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Taking Empathy Too Far
Who would argue that empathy is a bad thing? Empathy has become a buzzword and cornerstone of many companies' inclusion efforts. But is there a limit? Can empathy be misplaced, overdone, counterproductive? Daniel B. Griffith says we must recognize its limits and highlights what can happen when we take empathy too far.
Monday, November 15, 2021 3:00:00 AM

The Ethics of Current College Controversies
For each recent controversy we hear about higher education, there are ethical considerations that don't receive adequate attention. Robert A. Scott examines the ethical issues that arise when contemplating legacy admissions, "free" tuition, forgiving college debt, and the value of attending college at all.
Thursday, November 11, 2021 4:00:00 AM

Ways to Celebrate National Career Development Month
Whether you're just starting out in your career, or you've held a years-long leadership position, career development is a life-long process. Maintaining your skills, practicing your talents, and earning new qualifications are all a part of career development. November is National Career Development Month, so let's reflect on the career advice and development strategies we have gained in 2021.
Monday, November 8, 2021 9:09:19 AM

Support Veterans by Giving to a Military-Connected Nonprofit

This month, we not only want to recognize the sacrifices of our veterans and service members but also the unique sacrifices and challenges family members of veterans and service members face supporting their loved ones in uniform. We also want to thank those working in the nonprofit sector for their dedication and steadfastness in supporting our veterans, service members, and their families.

Monday, November 8, 2021 1:00:00 AM

Who’s in the Room? Who’s Included? Who’s Excluded?
If we are to be effective in I.D.E.A. work in the twenty-first century, we must bear witness to both our historical and contemporary practices of exclusion. Are we ready to examine -- in America -- who has been excluded from not only entry into the room but also full participation and respect once within the room?
Friday, November 5, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Handling the Strain of Being a Middle Manager
Managing from the middle can sometimes feel like you are being stretched in many directions. Middle managers take on the needs of those working above and below them, and it can be exhausting. To manage yourself, you must center your attention on one task at a time and avoid too many transitions. Justin Zackal offers four tips for managing the strain of wearing many hats.
Friday, November 5, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Navigating the Landmines of Meeting Minutes and Notetaking
Written records of deliberations provide assurance of reliability and consistency, but that only pertains to well-functioning groups. Daniel B. Griffith identifies a number of common landmines of meeting minutes. He shares why groups must decide how important formalized recordings of meeting deliberations truly are and the form they must take to avoid these common landmines.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 4:00:00 PM

Looking at Student Affairs Through a New Collaborative Lens
Max Koskoff addresses the need to double down on being solution-oriented for student success. Reflecting on Careers in Student Affairs Month, he says it may be just the time to investigate, or even reinvigorate, a new path for student affairs. Koskoff asserts that we need to rethink what will best support student success and, as professionals, how we best support those efforts.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 12:00:00 PM

How to Have a Productive Performance Review
During staffing changes and other pandemic-fueled adaptations, you may have found yourself evolving to fill gaps and meet new demands. It can feel confusing as you contemplate your annual review and revisit past goals. Eileen Hoenigman Meyer asks, and answers, how can you use your performance review to clarify your goals, speak to your success, and reclaim fit in the wake of so much change?
Monday, November 1, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Emotional Intelligence Helps Build Inclusive Workplaces

Paul Bergeron, from SHRM.org, shares how learning to perceive emotions, and manage them among team members, leads to success in the workplace. HR professionals and their organizations will benefit from learning how to apply emotional intelligence (EI) research to create psychologically safe teams and environments that can lead to more inclusive workplaces.

Friday, October 29, 2021 12:00:00 PM

The Best of October from HigherEdJobs

Each month, HigherEdJobs puts together a list of our editor's picks from the last few weeks that highlight issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. In case you missed anything this month, here are the best articles in Leadership; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Workplace Issues; and Student Success.

Thursday, October 28, 2021 12:13:44 PM

The Case for Cover Letters, and Making Yours Come Alive
Are cover letters dead? Several article headlines on popular career and business websites are asking the same question. Some surveys indicate that 80-90 percent of hiring managers either don't read cover letters or don't consider them important. In this article, Justin Zackal shares two things job seekers should be mindful of when drafting their next cover letter.
Thursday, October 28, 2021 6:00:48 AM

Dis/Ability: Critical for Diversity and Inclusion Conversations in Higher Education
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) -- a time for higher education to consider how well institutions are preparing students with disabilities for the workforce, as well as serving their employees with disabilities. Andrew Hibel asks Mercedes A. Cannon, from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, what higher education needs to do moving forward.
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Unpacking LinkedIn: Helping Students Grasp That Professional Success Takes Time

Students harbor both strong reservations and confusion about LinkedIn and consequently may have trouble advancing in their professional trajectory. Career service professionals, especially aspiring and new ones, can better serve their student population by understanding an important generational misunderstanding -- expecting communication and relationship-building to be instantaneous.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Deans: The Critical Link in Leadership Transitions

The tenure of college and university presidents is shortening, and we are seeing more interim presidents as a result. Deans can be especially helpful in these periods of transition. An interim period can be a time of uncertainty and deans can provide confidence and continuity. Robert A. Scott details how deans can help guide institutions to a new period of stability.

Friday, October 22, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Future of College Will Involve Fewer Professors
Patricia A. Young forecasts that the future of teaching and learning in college will involve a drastically reduced role for full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty who teach face-to-face. Avatars for lecturing and AI teaching assistants are just a few of the innovations she forecasts will change the landscape of higher education.
Friday, October 22, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Forming, Storming, and Norming: Making Online Teams Work

The typical group process of forming, storming, and norming can seem like a pipe dream for virtual team leaders. Yet the same phases of group development can still occur online; they just require more creative and intentional work. Russell Thacker addresses the need to double down on understanding how leaders can build strong, resilient teams remotely.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Higher Education’s Bullying Problem Is Bad for Business

Research reveals that 27 billion dollars is wasted annually in higher education because of the cultural disruption and turnover caused by workplace bullying. No institution can afford to harbor a bully, no matter how talented that person may be. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, our annual opportunity to examine the problem of workplace bullying.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 5:19:26 AM

How Not to Be Awkward around Your Disabled Colleagues/Students
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Jill Hinton Wolfe, military and veterans resource manager at Grand Valley State University, shares her perspective on what it means to be a blind person working in higher education. She also provides five tips for talking to disabled students or colleagues.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:40:36 AM

‘Servingness’ at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place every year from September 15 - October 15 to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. In this Higher Ed Careers interview, Kelly Cherwin asks Dr. Gina Ann Garcia how higher education can pay tribute to National Hispanic Heritage Month now and going forward.

Friday, October 15, 2021 11:54:28 AM

Why Some College Sports Are Often Out of Reach for Students From Low-income Families
Collective research from University of Oklahoma and The Ohio State University has found that when it comes to landing a spot on a college sports team, a student's chances are profoundly affected by their parents' wealth and education. Research also shows that college sports recruitment favors white suburban athletes. Becoming a college athlete takes opportunity, investment, commitment, and suitable social interactions.
Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Considering the Mental Health of Students on Campus
The month of October is replete with mental health education and depression awareness. Eileen Hoenigman Meyer shares how our campus communities can foster connections, how we can help freshmen and sophomores on campus, and strategies for navigating these emotionally challenging times.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Turning Your Bullet Points into Interview Stories

If an interviewer chooses to ask questions about your resume/CV, be sure to only provide bullet points that allow you to steer the conversation toward your success stories. Justin Zackal highlights the differences between basic, good, and great bullet points on your resume/CV.

Monday, October 11, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Managing the Bully in the Middle

Leaders are challenged to manage bullies, especially "bullies in the middle." Bullies in the middle may be a manager of a team within the leader's portfolio, a senior team member with leadership responsibilities, or someone with essential expertise coming from another department to support the leader's team. Daniel B. Griffith shares suggestions to foster better work environments.

Friday, October 8, 2021 3:00:41 PM

How Better Funding Can Increase the Number and Diversity of Doctoral Students
When a doctoral program in education introduced a comprehensive funding package that covered tuition, it led to an increase in the number of applicants. The funding, which was offered to doctoral program applicants in the form of a fellowship during two application cycles, included four years of guaranteed free tuition. The increase in the share of Black applicants and enrollees was particularly notable.
Thursday, October 7, 2021 5:00:00 PM

Advance International Student Employability with Cultural Humility and Collaboration

How welcoming is your institution's career services office to international students? Does your career services office help students find employment in their home country or another location outside of the United States? Samantha Nissen offers advice and resources to better support international students who are looking for employment outside of the United States.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 2:00:00 PM

How to Figure Out If a Manager Is a Good Fit for You
You're not going to find out all you need to know about a potential manager from a job interview. However, with so much riding on your job satisfaction, it's important to learn as much as you can about who could be your next boss. Justin Zackal shares how you can determine what type of leader and communicator is about to hire you.
Monday, October 4, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Suicide Awareness: How to Help
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Let's take the opportunity to learn more about the emotional factors that can cause people to contemplate and commit suicide. This awareness month is also an occasion to contemplate our own wellness practices and to consider how we might create safer spaces for students on campus.
Thursday, September 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Best of September from HigherEdJobs

Each month, HigherEdJobs puts together a list of our editor's picks from the last few weeks that highlight issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. In case you missed anything this month, here are the best articles in Workplace Issues, Job Search Advice, Leadership, and Career Advice.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Make Sure Women Aren’t Left Behind in Return to Work
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year, millions of women left the workforce voluntarily to take care of their children because schools and daycare centers were closed. Now, organizations must ensure that women who left the workforce are treated equitably and aren't punished for their absences once they return to work.
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Words Need Love Too: Approaching I.D.E.A. Work
Dr. Emily Williams shares how defining the words inclusion, diversity, equity, and access subsequently expand the discourse toward artful investigations and discussions on opinions, experiences, and approaches about I.D.E.A work. The art of negotiating and navigating differences of opinions in the defining process of these terms requires respect and cultivation of trust which is crucial for opening the door, and keeping it open, as I.D.E.A. work continues and evolves.
Friday, September 24, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Report Spotlights Public Opinion on the Value of a College Education
A research brief from the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) compares employer and public views about the return on investment in a college education. While nearly nine in 10 employers answered that a college degree is worth the personal investment, only 60% of Americans agree.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM

College Counseling Myths
Dr. Lee Keyes provides -- and debunks -- a list of 10 college counseling myths. This list is intended to help current and aspiring college mental health staff members develop their own thoughts about and defenses concerning the many forces that may disorient them or pull them away from an accurate assessment of the purpose and full context of their life's work.
Monday, September 20, 2021 11:33:28 AM

Writing a Cover Letter for a Joint Position
Writing an effective cover letter is an essential step in landing a joint position. Bertin M. Louis, Jr. PhD. shares how to format a cover letter step-by-step for a position that contributes to two academic departments or colleges. Louis advises joint position job seekers to demonstrate how they can contribute to both units through research, teaching, and service.
Monday, September 20, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Coach, Counsel, and Cheer: The 21st-Century Version of Leadership
In years like the past one, leaders should be making extra effort to buttress the mental and physical well-being of their teams. For leaders, job number one today is encouraging, cheering on, and cheering up professionals who feel besieged by a volatile and rapidly changing workplace. Team success starts with being a coach, counselor, and cheerleader.
Thursday, September 16, 2021 7:00:00 AM

3 Recommendations for Dealing with Your Ever-Exhausting Email Inbox
Why do knowledge workers continue to subject themselves to the perils of email and the constant context switching to perform mostly administrative tasks? Justin Zackal aims to answer the question and reviews the book "A World Without Email." Zackal highlights the ways knowledge workers can combat the hyperactive hive mind that comes with constant emails.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 11:00:00 AM

From the Military to Academia: Managing a Successful Job Search
Higher education can be intimidating for the military-connected job seeker. Yet, higher education and the military are actually very closely aligned. Understanding and leveraging the points of alignment between the two sectors is essential as the military-connected consider and then pursue employment in higher education. These job seekers can emphasize the commonality between the two to communicate their fit at an institution.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 9:27:01 AM

It’s Update Your Resume Month: We Can Help

September is International Update Your Resume Month. As we return to campus and get back into the swing of the semester, set aside some time to refresh your resume. Over the years, HigherEdJobs has shared many articles pertaining to resume and CV building, maintenance, and updating. I have searched through the HigherEdJobs vault to bring you several articles that will help you celebrate Update Your Resume Month.

Friday, September 10, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Women Face Motherhood Penalty in STEM Careers Long Before They Actually Become Mothers
Thebaud and Taylor conducted extensive interviews with 57 childless Ph.D. students and post-doctoral scholars in natural science and engineering programs at elite U.S. research universities. Women said they experienced intense pressure to reject, denigrate, or hide the mere possibility of motherhood for fear of no longer being taken seriously in the profession.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 8:31:42 AM

Cultural “Addition” Versus Cultural “Fit” in Faculty Hiring
What is this 'fit' that is all too casually a part of the discussion in search committee deliberations? Administrative leadership and human resource units have a twenty-first century responsibility to provide the training and guidelines to move search committees beyond traditional 'fit' discussions predicated upon decades old institutional 'fit' hiring practices.
Friday, September 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Two Rules for Counting Work and Job Search Hours
When it comes to allocating how we go about doing our work or job search, we often measure in hours -- not money, units of energy, or other increments of time such as days, weeks, or minutes. Justin Zackal highlights two rules for getting the most out of our work hours. The Rule of 52 and 17 and Ed's Three-Hour Rule can act as guides and structures for success.
Thursday, September 2, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Best of August from HigherEdJobs

Each month, HigherEdJobs puts together a list of our editor's picks from the last few weeks that highlight issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. In case you missed anything this month, here are the best articles in workplace issues; job stages and transitions; student and campus life; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Monday, August 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Online Learning and Higher Ed’s Future
What is next for online learning and higher education? Robert A. Scott highlights that arguments in favor of online learning and education should focus on convenience and accessibility. Scott asserts that we are in a period of evolution for higher education and embracing online learning is a part of that evolution.
Friday, August 27, 2021 9:00:00 AM

When the NCAA Permitted Colleges to Pay Stipends to Student-Athletes, the Colleges Also Raised Their Estimated Expenses
Willis A. Jones found in research that when colleges with big-time sports programs began to offer living expense stipends to their student-athletes back in 2015, the schools also increased their estimated living expenses for all students. By increasing living expense estimates, universities could pay student-athletes larger stipends and perhaps gain an advantage on the recruiting trail.
Thursday, August 26, 2021 12:04:22 PM

What Women's Equality Day Means for Higher Ed
Women's Equality Day, August 26, 2021, marks the 101
st anniversary of the ratification of the 19
th amendment, securing women's right to vote. This year's occasion is bittersweet, as pandemic complications have challenged women on multiple fronts. Women's Equality Day is our opportunity to evaluate how the higher education industry creates equity in the workplace and explore ways to improve.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Is Your Interim Leader Effective? Four Ways to Be Sure
Interim leaders are becoming more numerous and influential on college campuses. Now higher education is faced with how to assess their effectiveness. Martin and Hench identify readiness, accountability, consulting value, and seasoned perspective as key indicators to look for when determining the effectiveness of interim leaders.
Friday, August 20, 2021 9:00:00 AM

The Changing Landscape of Orientation and Retention in Higher Education

As higher education is resuming for another semester of learning, campuses are navigating how to retain and onboard students in a consistently changing environment. Dr. Karnell McConnell-Black (he/him), the president for the Association of Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education (NODA) and vice president for student life at Reed College in Portland, OR, shares how campuses can evolve to further improve student retention and support students in the new normal.

Friday, August 20, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Three Questions to Surprise and Impress Job Interviewers
Candidates need to prepare good questions for the end of a job interview. There are many common questions to ask, but you have to be an uncommon candidate if you want to get the job. Justin Zackal highlights three uncommon questions job candidates can ask at the beginning, middle, and end of the interview that will leave a lasting impression on interviewers.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Book Review – Diversity’s Promise for Higher Education: Making It Work
Dr. Daryl G. Smith highlights how technological changes in the world had to be embraced within higher education to educate an emerging technological society. Despite the costs, there has been universal acceptance for building institutional capacity for technology throughout all campuses. To reframe diversity, she suggests that higher education must tackle diversity with the same rigor and urgency as it did with technology.
Monday, August 16, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Student Veteran Success and Retention: Using a Cohort Model Approach

In dedicated efforts to increase veteran enrollment in, and graduation from, the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program at The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) the veteran cohort model has been the most significant in promoting student success. The BSN program now has a 96 percent graduation rate. Pearson and White advocate that the same cohort model could be implemented in other degree programs.

Friday, August 13, 2021 5:49:22 AM

How Leaders Can Face Enrollment Decline
During 2020, college freshman student enrollment declined by 16 percent and overall enrollment fell by over 560,000 students. Colleges and universities face continuing challenges in a declining number of high school graduates and public attitudes about college costs and whether college is worth it. Where should campus leaders start in rethinking enrollment management strategies if new student enrollment is likely to stagnate or decline?
Thursday, August 12, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Withdrawing Your Candidacy: Choose Wisely
Dr. Shai Butler shares recent experience of deciding to withdraw from a presidential candidacy. What decisions are you currently agonizing over because of life/career misalignment at this stage of life? Butler advises to pay attention to the signals, the persistence, and the frequency of indecisiveness or anxiety about whether to pursue, or not pursue, change at this moment.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Six More Research-Based Strategies to Advance Equity

Sandra Laursen and Ann Austin identify institutional strategies to advance gender equity by supporting the whole person and fostering individual success. These six strategies emphasize approaches that require institutional action to address women's diverse needs and circumstances, to mitigate challenges that fall disproportionately, and to provide strong support that enables women who have already been hired to thrive.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Employees Leaving? Let Them Craft a Better Job
There is little doubt that dissatisfaction in the workplace has increased over the last year, and higher education is no exception. Turnover costs money, time, and valuable institutional knowledge. So, when higher education leaders are faced with the choice of either losing employees or keeping them in low-morale positions, there could be an alternative solution: Let them craft a better job.
Friday, August 6, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Three Mentors You Need Who Are Not Your Boss
Justin Zackal highlights three reasons why your mentor shouldn't be your boss and three types of mentors to pursue instead. Research has shown the benefits of having a good mentor throughout your entire career, but having multiple mentors is like having connected data points on a coordinate plane that points to career success.
Tuesday, August 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Viewpoint on Remote Work Depends on Gender, Ethnicity, Industry
As the COVID-19 pandemic waxes and wanes, many people want to continue working from home even as offices and other workplaces reopen. However, employees are divided about the positive and negative aspects of remote work -- and their perceptions are colored by gender, ethnicity, and caregiving responsibilities, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Friday, July 30, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Canceling Student Loan Debt Will Barely Boost the Economy, but a Targeted Approach Could Help Certain Groups
The amount of student debt outstanding varies greatly based on the type of degree pursued. The average bachelor's degree debt is under $29,000 while the average dental school debt is more than 10 times higher at over $290,000. Some argue that any boost to the economy from student loan forgiveness would be small compared to the cost to taxpayers.
Friday, July 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Questions to Ask Your Argument-Prone Colleague
We live in an argument culture. Discussions too often involve participants intent on persuading, winning over, or defeating others in an argument. When in discussion with an argument-prone individual, ask questions. Doing so opens the space for respect and sharing of perspectives. Consider these examples and forms of questions to help move conversation toward dialogue and deliberation.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Honoring the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 26 is the anniversary of when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Kevin McCracken, Director of Adaptive Educational Services (AES) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, remembers a world without curb cuts, door openers, and disabled parking. McCracken shares how the ADA led to physical accessibility to higher education for disabled students, but also forced higher education to establish disability services offices that now play a critical role in higher education.
Monday, July 26, 2021 11:40:09 AM

6 Reasons Your Veteran Hiring Process is Broken

Very few employers, higher education included, have set up the systems, processes, and mindsets to effectively hire veterans into the right positions. In honor of National Hire A Veteran Day (July 25), here are six ways employers make the hiring process harder on both themselves and veterans than it needs to be, and how institutions can be more veteran and military inclusive.

Sunday, July 25, 2021 6:04:08 AM

When is it Time to Quit Your Job?
A lot of people are quitting their jobs and moving on to other positions, goals, and dreams. But how do you know if now is the right time to leave your job? Justin Zackal offers questions to ask yourself to know if it's time. Answering these questions may lead you to start looking for a new job and ensure you are leaving for the right reasons.
Thursday, July 22, 2021 5:00:00 AM

New Approaches to STEM Engage Traditionally Underrepresented Students

Dr. Felesia Stukes became the first Black computer science faculty member at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in 2017. Today, she is working hard to lay a foundation for her students to become future colleagues. The foundation starts with understanding why students of color all too often choose not to pursue STEM fields despite interest and ability.

Monday, July 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM

The Leader’s Responsibility to Address and Not Avoid Conflict
Avoiding conflict isn't inherently wrong or bad and makes perfect sense in some situations. However, avoiding conflict at all costs can lead to negative consequences for an organization. Leaders must learn to address and overcome their conflict-avoidant tendencies to be the leaders their organization, peers, team members, and others expect of them.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Managing Academic Disappointment

Academia and the disappointments which come along with it can be so intensely critical and negative that it, at times, can mire you in paralyzing self-doubt. But disappointments in academia do not define you nor should they hold power over you. You can build yourself up in order to weather the highs and lows.

Friday, July 9, 2021 10:00:00 AM

The Best, Most Simple Way to Predict Job Interview Questions

Preparing for interview questions can be daunting but there is one great place to predict the kinds of questions you will be asked in an interview, the job posting. Use job postings as a source for knowing what preferences a search committee is looking for and prepare to answer questions that show how you can meet those preferences.

Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Strategies for Combating a “Lost Year” for International Student Career Development

A number of questions remain for international students returning to campus this fall, including ones that circulate around vaccine requirements, visa compliance, and job prospects after graduation. As international students plan, or hope, to return to campus this fall, staff in career advising and development offices can leverage the following strategies to enhance support for international students.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM

The 2021 Summary of Benefits in Higher Education

This year, CUPA-HR collected data on healthcare benefits (healthcare plans and wellness programs), paid time off (PTO) benefits, tuition benefits, and retirement benefits in the 2021 Benefits in Higher Education Annual Report. The report highlights an overview of the current state of benefit offerings in higher education after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friday, July 2, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Ten Hypothetical Questions to Help Your Career
Asking yourself hypothetical questions can prepare you for a job interview, help you make changes at work, or further develop your career. Asking yourself the right questions about pretend circumstances could help you adapt to change and to think deeply about your career. Justin Zackal highlights some hypothetical questions to ask yourself in a job search or career transition.
Thursday, July 1, 2021 11:00:00 AM

An Expanded Admissions “Funnel” for Presidential Review
Robert A. Scott explains how using an expanded funnel to present enrollment data is not only useful for college admissions officers, but for campus presidents and senior campus leaders. Expanded funnels help analyze recruitment success, admissions decisions, and financial aid allocations. Scott shares nine elements that should be included in expanded funnel reports.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Best of June from HigherEdJobs

Each month, HigherEdJobs puts together a list of our editor's picks from the last few weeks that highlight issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. In case you missed anything this month, here are the best articles in workplace issues; teaching and faculty; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and trends in higher education.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 8:00:00 AM

College Can Still Be Rigorous Without a Lot of Homework
How rigorous or demanding should college be? Are college students not reading and writing enough to build their critical thinking skills? Is it really how much work students are assigned that makes college rigorous and helps them learn? New research, including input from about 2,800 students at 46 four-year U.S. colleges between 2006 and 2012, aims to answer these questions.
Monday, June 28, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Part-Time Higher Education Staff Workforce Shrinks Amid the Pandemic
Since most non-exempt higher education staff employees perform work that must be completed on campus, there was a drastic decline in the staff workforce size during the pandemic. The "2021 Staff in Higher Education Annual Report" from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) reveals how the pandemic affected the size, salaries, and representation of part-time non-exempt staff in higher education.
Thursday, June 24, 2021 10:00:00 AM

The Rise of the Supervisor Educator

Sydney Freeman, Jr., Ph.D., and Wendy Bruun, Ed.D. describe some of the concerns and desires that student employees have identified as important to their advancement and development. They outline the role of the 'supervisor educator' and how this approach can address the professional needs of the supervisor while supporting students in their career development.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 11:44:48 AM

Confronting the Double-Standard in Hiring for International Experience

In today's environment, U.S. colleges and universities must prove to prospective international students that our institutions have more value to them. To address this need, a career services professional and international education expert have collaborated and developed recommendations to help career services offices better support these students.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Creating Equity in the Workplace

Authors in Residence, Ann E. Austin and Sandra Laursen Ph.D., share six strategies that institutions of higher education can use in working to make faculty experiences and outcomes more equitable. Institutions of higher education must respond to these complex problems with strategic and systemic approaches. They must tackle these problems on multiple levels and lean on multiple levers for change.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Juneteenth: A Vital Part of Campus Unity
Today we celebrate and honor Juneteenth. Kelly Cherwin, director of editorial strategy for HigherEdJobs had the opportunity to speak with two higher education professionals on what Juneteenth means to their campus, capture a glimpse into different celebrations, and how campuses can acknowledge and reflect on denouncing racism on campus.
Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:00:00 AM

An Increasing Number of LGBTQ Coaches Are Publicly Out, But the Work for Inclusion Continues
Over the past few years, it has become more and more common for lesbian and gay coaches to include the names of spouses and partners in their bios. Dr. Pat Griffin, professor emerita of education at University of Massachusetts Amherst and longtime advocate for equality in sports, describes it as a sea change, noting that today's athletes and coaches are coming out into a much more supportive environment.
Friday, June 18, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Closing the Empathy Gap in Online Teaching
With the growth of online education, even after the pandemic, distributed and asynchronous online learning will remain a staple of higher education. How can you close the distance between you and your students? These five practices can help any online, remote, or asynchronous teacher better connect and empathize with their students.
Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Is Meaningful Change in Governing Boards Really Possible?
Author in Residence James Koch addresses some questions, concerns, and critiques raised by those who have read "Runaway College Costs." Koch addresses the primary topics that he has found have interested, intrigued, or discombobulated readers. However, the question remains, is meaningful change in governing boards and how they approach their duties really possible?
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Recommendations for Higher Education from the U.S. Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development has released the "ED COVID-19 Handbook, Volume 3: Strategies for Safe Operation and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education Students, Faculty, and Staff." The list of recommendations and strategies for higher education institutions from the handbook have been summarized here.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 11:00:00 AM

How to Adjust Back to On-Campus Work
As we return to campus, the new, in-person and post-pandemic work environment will certainly be an adjustment. To perform well, you have to make choices about your environment to break habits from your remote setting and undo what Zoom has done to you. Here are some adjustments to make as you return to campus, including setting new boundaries, showing more compassion, and more.
Monday, June 14, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Seeing the Human in Our Adversaries
When a coworker or supervisor starts to feel like an adversary, consider how to improve the relationship before letting knee-jerk reactions take the wheel. Griffith recommends three tactics to contemplate in this situation. First, watch your "halos" and "horns," then understand your adversary's motivation, and don't forget to work -- or walk -- side-by-side.
Thursday, June 10, 2021 11:00:00 AM

Sending Science Majors into Elementary Schools Helps Latino and Black Students Realize Scientists Can Look Like Them
As part of the Young Scientists Program at the Joint Educational Project of the University of Southern California, after taking part in hands-on STEM lab experiments, Latino and Black students were more likely to picture scientists as people who look like them -- and not stereotypical white men in lab coats.
Friday, June 4, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Book Review – Going to College in the Sixties

Drastic changes in higher education institutional systems, cultures, and funding in the 1960s created better access, admissions, and affordability for college students. However, as Archambault details in the review of "Going to College in the Sixties" by John R. Thelin, we are still facing many of these issues in higher education today.

Thursday, June 3, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Best of May from HigherEdJobs
Each month, HigherEdJobs puts together a list of our editor's picks from the last few weeks that highlight issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. In case you missed anything this month, here are the best articles in diversity, equity, and inclusion; leadership; workplace issues; and career advice.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 4:14:12 AM

Four Ways to Navigate Career Chaos
The Chaos Theory of Careers states that people who are developing their careers are part of complex, dynamic open systems, and as a result they are subject to complexity, change, and chance. Change is inevitable, sometimes anticipated and other times unexpected. So how can you survive and thrive in the chaos of a higher education career?
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Investing In and Supporting Women’s Leadership in Higher Education

It goes without saying that change comes slowly in higher education, but recent studies show that institutions have become more diverse and made stronger commitments to diversifying personnel across race and gender. This is a positive trend toward gender equity, but there are still three main obstacles institutions must address to be a safe and supportive environment for women leaders.

Friday, May 28, 2021 5:00:00 AM

How College and University Staffing Changed in the Last Year

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has released its 2021 Professionals in Higher Education Survey. Data was collected from 265,053 professionals in over 400 positions by 987 higher education institutions. Find out which institutions experienced the biggest increases and decreases in full-time staff, how minority men and women are represented, and which higher education positions are experiencing the most growth.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Building Military Appreciation into an Inclusive Campus

In this month's Higher Ed Careers interview, Andrew Hibel speaks with Dr. Abby Kinch, the vice president of programs and services at Student Veterans of America. She shares her expertise on serving student veterans, honoring Military Appreciation Month on campus, and how larger diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives ultimately benefit student veterans.

Monday, May 24, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Book Review - The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go

Many books on leadership focus on winning or strategies and theories for conquering competitors. In contrast, Matthew Barzun's "The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go" is a refreshing addition to the literature on leadership.It shares a powerful message about interdependence.

Monday, May 24, 2021 5:00:00 AM

A Campus-Wide Approach to Honoring Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage

In this interview, HigherEdJobs speaks with Monica Burnette, KC Choi, and Hezal Patel of Seton Hall University in New Jersey about Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. They share their exceptional campus-wide faculty, administrative, and leadership level approaches to raising awareness for and honoring Asian American Pacific Islanders during this month and beyond.

Friday, May 21, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Send These Five Weekly Emails to Advance Your Career

Email is one of the primary methods for workplace communication. In fact, professionals have an average of 126 messages sent or received according to one pre-pandemic study. It's no secret that this volume of daily work emails can be overwhelming. However, if you're looking to advance your career, consider adding these five types of emails to your routine.

Thursday, May 20, 2021 5:00:00 AM

You Deserve Good Self-Care

After more than a year of pandemic existence, it feels like we may finally be emerging from the thick of it. As we do, it's an opportunity to turn inward, take stock of our health, and focus on self-care. During Mental Health Awareness Month, consider these points as you check in with yourself and assess how you're managing everything.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Add ‘Mediator’ to Your Skill Set

The world needs more mediators, and you could be one of them. We often think of mediators as people who have received specialized training and qualifications, but mediation skills are broadly applicable. Professionals can informally mediate conflict situations and communication challenges for peers and direct reports, and there are many ways to develop these skills.

Monday, May 17, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Thriving as a Higher Education Leader

What does it take to be a good leader? Robert A. Scott, President

of Adelphi University, shares his top tips for effective higher education leadership. These nuggets are gleaned from his 30 years as a college president and drawn from experiences both before and after serving in leadership positions.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Report: Provosts Support More Data Collection About Students’ Basic Needs
According to a new report from Ithaka S+R, community college provosts want to collect more data about students' basic needs. However, factors such as limited resources and infrastructure restrict their ability to do so. Those surveyed included provosts, chief academic officers, vice presidents of academic affairs, and those in similar positions.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Recognizing Jewish Faith on Campus

In honor of Jewish Heritage Month, we have an opportunity to explore the history of Jewish culture on college campuses. Although many schools across the U.S. have thriving Jewish student centers and organizations today, there wasn't always a welcoming environment for Jewish students. In this interview, Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg shares her thoughts and experiences.

Monday, May 10, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Leadership Advancement: Moving Up and Moving Over

Those in entry-level or mid-level leadership positions may wonder what to do to be tapped for upper-level administration in higher education. Dorothy Ige Campbell cautions that it's important to evaluate whether you really want to be an advanced leader, provides an overview of what these positions entail, and shares some tips for moving up.

Friday, May 7, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Three Signs of a Miserable Job (and What You Can Do About It)

Are you miserable in your job? If so, it's important to know the root cause of the misery so you can find a way out of it. Justin Zackal examines Patrick Lencioni's three signs of a miserable job and offers suggestions on how to address each issue in your current job or avoid it in a future job by asking the right interview questions.

Thursday, May 6, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Supporting Empathic Communication in Virtual Meeting Spaces

In a previous article, Daniel B. Griffith made the case for face-to-face meetings for important conversations, while acknowledging the occasional need for virtual meetings when face-to-face isn't feasible. However, he couldn't have imagined that would become our daily reality. Now, he provides ways to account for the deficits of virtual meetings and better demonstrate empathy as we weather the pandemic.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Show Your Appreciation to Educators by Listening to Them

Each May we pause and show our appreciation to the educators who shape us. This past year has been one of the hardest for educators as they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and adapted to an online format. This May, perhaps we honor Teacher Appreciation Day by endeavoring to understand some of what our educators have experienced during the pandemic, so that we can better support and recognize their vital work.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 6:00:00 AM

A Campus Leader’s Guide to Risk Assessment

Campus leaders must anticipate, monitor, and manage risks. They must be prepared even if a specific risk is not known in advance. A risk assessment matrix can help leaders identify and monitor risks and plan for responses should any incidents occur. The matrix will evolve over time, always a teaching tool for good governance and oversight.

Monday, May 3, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Establishing LGBTQ+ Community at Community Colleges

In April's Higher Ed Careers interview, during Community College Month and Campus Pride Month, HigherEdJobs spoke with Nicole Collins and Beth Ann Wright from Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. They shared their thoughts, goals, and practices on establishing LGBTQ+ community at their community college.

Friday, April 30, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Viewpoint: How to Avoid Being Overshadowed Early in Your Career

Have you ever felt overshadowed by your manager? It can happen sometimes, especially since managers usually have more established relationships with senior leaders. However, if you're feeling like your boss is getting more credit for your work than you are and want to receive the recognition you deserve, here are some ways to address the issue.

Friday, April 30, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Biden Gives Congress His Vision to ‘Win the 21st Century’ -- Scholars React

On April 28, President Joe Biden delivered a speech to Congress outlining his vision to "win the 21st century." It began with a recounting of his administration's accomplishments during its first 100 days and ended with his plea for unity so that America can "deliver on its promise." Here, three scholars react to President Biden's rhetoric, the symbolism, and the several ambitious plans he proposed.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Best of April from HigherEdJobs
Each month, HigherEdJobs puts together a list of our editor's picks from the last few weeks that highlight issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. In case you missed anything this month, here are the best articles in leadership, teaching and faculty, job search advice, and education policy and reform.
Thursday, April 29, 2021 5:00:00 AM

“Community College Saved Me”: Honoring Community College Awareness Month

There are plenty of reasons to honor community colleges, especially during Community College Awareness Month. Not only do they provide quality and affordable education to local students, but community colleges are support and resource centers during times of crisis, like the pandemic. One student even says community college "saved her" and wants others to know there is more than one path to their dream school.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Changes in the Higher Education Administrator Workforce in 2020-2021
The Administrators in Higher Education Annual Report from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) provides an outlook on data trends for higher education administrators. Find out what's changed from last year in terms of salary and representation of women and minorities.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Supporting LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff on Campus
In honor of Campus Pride Month, it's important to consider the progress made to embrace and include LGBTQA+ identities in the college campus culture. We should be proud of the efforts made to support students in this minoritized community. However, there is more work to do in addressing the needs of faculty and administrators who identify as LGBTQA+. Jesse Beal, director of the LBGT Resource Center at MSU, shares their perspective on the topic.
Monday, April 26, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Why Job Interviews Are Overrated but Worth Having

Job interviews are overrated and subject to biases compared to other tools for evaluating candidates. An employer's biases or illusions can diminish the validity of the interview, but it's safe to say interviews aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Job seekers should consider it an additional opportunity to tell a compelling story and show off their personality and presentation skills.

Friday, April 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM

A Love Letter: Cancelling Student Loan Debt on Behalf of Black Women

Sekile M. Nzinga, author of "Lean Semesters," discusses how Black women carry a disproportionately higher burden of student loan debt. The narratives that she has documented of highly educated Black women in "Lean Semesters," and having a more expansive view of its economic impact on everyday Black women, underscore that cancelling student loan debt is very much an intersectional and Black feminist issue that demands our collective attention.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Embracing Virtual Onboarding
With the culture of work becoming increasingly remote, onboarding processes have inevitably changed. For professionals that value interactive engagement with colleagues, virtual onboarding can be disheartening, but it doesn't have to be. Here are four emerging best practices that HR professionals can use to create an onboarding process that engages new, remote hires.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Celebrate Diversity This April

April is Celebrate Diversity Month, an opportunity to explore and honor the heritage and cultural traditions of those in our campus communities. The aim is to create a sense of belonging among students, staff, and faculty and to foster a sense of cultural awareness and fluency. Refining this awareness is a vital part of the higher education experience.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Tempering Competitive Mindsets in the Workplace
Employees today have little tolerance for the command-and-control leaders that often exhibit competitive, win-lose mindsets and approaches in their negotiations, interpersonal relationships, and responses to conflict. All leaders should reflect on their command-and-control tendencies and adopt more collaborative mindsets and approaches whenever possible.
Monday, April 19, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Learn the Art of Saying ‘No’

Learning how to turn down ideas without demotivating employees is an important skill for leaders. This is especially true in higher education where faculty and staff may already be hesitant to join the innovation process. When an idea doesn't meet the cut, consider these tips for breaking it to the employee without damaging their creative drive.

Friday, April 16, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Addressing STEM Gender Equity through Institutional Systemic Change

Within academe, we are not yet tapping fully into the expertise available throughout the population. Women and people of color continue to be underrepresented within the ranks of academe, especially within the STEM fields. The Authors of "Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change" provide an in-depth look at the issue and argue a systemic approach is necessary for change.

Thursday, April 15, 2021 5:00:00 AM

How Job Seekers Can Make Waiting Less Painful

Job seekers do a lot of waiting -- waiting to hear from employers, waiting for a promotion, and waiting for job opportunities to arise. So, how can you wait, other than patiently? Justin Zackal shares some tips from Kate Sweeny, professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, adding commentary specific to job seekers.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 5:00:00 AM

The Five I’s of Alumni and Donor Engagement
The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted normal communications with alumni as well as other constituencies and limited opportunities for meetings with alumni and other donor prospects. As we prepare to safely resume operations in the near future, it's a good time to review our approach to volunteers and prospective donors. Robert A. Scott discusses the five I's that are key to engaging alumni and friends.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:00:00 AM

The Importance of Academic Mentoring
Bertin M. Louis, Jr. Ph.D. is back with more advice for navigating the academic terrain altered by COVID-19. In this piece, he offers three tips about the importance of mentoring as you progress in your academic career. He advises moving away from the Yoda model, reaching out to others, and drawing from mentoring resources.
Monday, April 12, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Happy Campus Pride Month!
April is Campus Pride Month -- a time to grow and to lead as individuals and as academic communities. The month celebrates an important history, and it invites us to do our internal work to create cultures of harmony, equity, inclusion, justice, and peace. This article provides an overview of the challenges LGBTQ individuals face and how colleges and universities can create and affirm safety.
Friday, April 9, 2021 5:00:00 AM

1 in 3 College Students Face Food Insecurity -- Expanding SNAP Benefits on Campus Will Help Stave Off Hunger

It's harder to learn when you are suffering from hunger. Unfortunately, while around 30 million K-12 students in public schools are eligible for free or reduced lunch, things change when they leave. There is a bright spot, though. The federal government has temporarily widened eligibility for food assistance. Two scholars argue this needs to be made permanent and be accompanied with an awareness campaign.

Thursday, April 8, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Faculty Salary Changes and Job Losses During the Pandemic
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has released its Faculty in Higher Education Annual Report. The data, provided by 793 institutions, reveal which disciplines sustained the greatest losses in faculty, what the median salary increase was, and more.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Supreme Court Case Could Change the Nature of College Sports
A group of former college athletes have brought a case against the NCAA, saying that their rules capping education benefits deprive student-athletes of the ability to be rewarded for their athletic talents and hard work. They have won every round of the case so far and now it's before the supreme court amid March Madness.
Monday, April 5, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Why You Should Express Intrinsic Motives in a Job Interview

When candidates are asked why they want a particular job, they tend to focus on extrinsic motivations, such as career advancement and long-term goals. However, failing to discuss intrinsic motivations is a common mistake that candidates make. Justin Zackal explores why employers value this information and how you can express it.

Friday, April 2, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Best of March from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything in March, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. Find out what others are reading.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:00:00 AM

2021 Recruiting Trends Shaped by the Pandemic
2020 was tough on recruiters with the transition to virtual recruitment and onboarding a remote workforce. Its adversities will certainly inform talent acquisition trends in 2021. More organizations will adopt virtual recruiting technologies; shift talent attraction efforts to remote candidates; consider internal talent pools; and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:00:00 AM

In Your Job Hunt, Borrow the Secrets of Search Firms

If you want to grow professionally, you have to get out of your comfort zone. Yet too often, executive recruiters see top-level talent stuck well within their comfort zone when plotting their next career steps -- sometimes uncertain of how to escape from a tightly defined type of role or industry. Here are some ways to go on the offensive in your job search, like a search firm.

Monday, March 29, 2021 5:00:00 AM

One Woman’s Journey in Higher Ed Leadership and Her Advice for Others

This month's Higher Ed Careers interview highlights President Dr. Suzanne Rivera of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She discusses the difficult time in which she joined the campus community and the challenges faced by women seeking leadership positions. As this month comes to an end, we hope that Dr. Rivera's advice for women pursuing leadership roles in higher education carries on beyond Women's History Month.

Friday, March 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM

A Former President's Nine Rules for Fundraising

As colleges and universities deal with lost revenues and COVID-19 related expenses, fundraising can help offset these shortfalls. However, these initiatives should be seen as "all-hands-on-deck" and not limited to the development team. Robert A. Scott shares his nine rules for successful fundraising that anyone involved should follow.

Friday, March 26, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Working Remotely Doesn't Mean You Always Have to Be on the Clock

The pandemic is changing professional culture. More than 70 percent of Americans work from home frequently or daily. However, remote work is still difficult for many as it's still an emerging workplace trend. Now and for the future, employees can benefit from clarifying expectations and setting boundaries.

Monday, March 22, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Do Your Social Media Achievements Belong on Your Resume or CV?
Although employers probably won't ask candidates about their social media activity in an interview because of the legal risks, they'll likely take a peek at candidates' profiles at some point before a hiring decision. As candidates strive to incorporate social media achievements in their application materials, here are some things to keep in mind.
Friday, March 19, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Reflections of a Woman in STEM
As we celebrate Women's History Month, Sylmarie Dávila-Montero, who is working toward a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, shares some thoughts on what is it to be a woman in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). She reflects on her own experiences and what can be done to help create more inclusive environments and, ultimately, improve retention.
Thursday, March 18, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Alumni Gratitude and Support for Causes Are Behind Donations of $50 Million or More to Colleges and Universities

Research shows that the top motive for large gifts to colleges and universities is a desire to repay a university for what they or a loved one had gotten out of attending. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic got underway, many major donors increased their emphasis on giving immediate relief to students, rather than, say, funding the construction of new buildings or adding to a school's endowment.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Passive Job Seeking (Even When You Love Your Job!)

Many of us think about job seeking only when there's an urgent need -- when we lose our professional fit or position. But jobs are not like romantic relationships. It's not disloyal to keep one eye open while we're happily engaged in a professional role. Here's what you need to know about passive job searching.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Tempering Expectations in Changing Higher Education Policy
With the Biden administration in its early days, HigherEdJobs spoke with Dr. Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president for government relations and public affairs at the American Council on Education. Hartle shares thoughts on President Biden's American Rescue Plan, the prospects of college affordability and student loan forgiveness, and the outlook for higher education public policy under the Biden Administration.
Monday, March 15, 2021 5:00:00 AM

When You Have Too Many Good Ideas
Ask any college or university leader whether there are too few or too many good ideas to execute, and they will say the latter is more often true. However, too many ideas can lead to staff and leader burnout and loosen the organization from its strategic moorings. Russell Thacker shares Tufts University's unique criteria for evaluating and choosing which promising ideas to implement.
Monday, March 15, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Recognizing Women Student Veterans and Service Members on Campus
As more women veterans and service members enroll in higher education, it is imperative that campuses provide essential support, recognition, and necessary services.
Friday, March 12, 2021 2:01:14 AM

Seven Job Search Tips from “Atomic Habits”

Finding a job in higher education requires good habits, as you need to be looking and applying regularly. So, what can learn about your job search from James Clear's wildly popular book, "Atomic Habits," which sold more than 3 million copies? Here are seven tips to aid you in your job search.

Friday, March 12, 2021 2:00:00 AM

Why Do Interims Want to Be Interims?

Too often, interims are thought of as failed 'permanent' employees or administrators who have passed a certain age to receive serious consideration for non-interim positions. In reality, many presidents, provosts, or deans choose to be interims and find great value and influence in the positions. James Martin and Galen Hench explain four reasons why many seek these placements.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 3:00:00 AM

The Amenities Arms Race Between Campuses: Lazy Rivers, Upscale Dining Halls, and Top-of-Line Exercise Facilities
Even after accounting for scholarships and grants, the average cost of attending a public, four-year college has grown substantially faster than the Consumer Price Index. The authors of "Runaway College Costs" argue that this is largely due to trustees at public institutions, who approve virtually all cost-increasing proposals placed in front of them in an attempt to "improve the campus."
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Leveling the Playing Field for Women in Negotiations

Research has found that women often don't negotiate, but even when they do, they rarely get what they asked for. Often, women are perceived as "bossy and aggressive" when they pursue outcomes in their self-interest just as men do. So, how can women be more effective negotiators and how can organizations level the playing field to ensure equity in the negotiation process?

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Colleges Are Eliminating Sports Teams -- and Runners and Golfers Are Paying More of a Price than Football or Basketball Players
Since COVID-19 emerged, dozens of colleges and universities have announced the elimination of different intercollegiate athletics teams. The vast majority of these cuts are at schools and teams that never show up on ESPN's SportsCenter. Shutting them down can save schools millions of dollars right now but create longer-term challenges for enrollment, fundraising, and campus life.
Monday, March 8, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Why Less Is More on a Resume/CV and How to Update Yours
When writing resumes or CVs, too many people take the list-building approach, says one expert. However, when hiring managers spend an average of just 7.4 seconds in the initial resume screening, a smarter approach is focusing on your results and achievements. Use these tips as a guide to follow a less-is-more approach.
Friday, March 5, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Where to Start After a Job Loss
Losing a job is a shock to the system. It can feel overwhelming, whether you've been in your role for years and you're trying to get your mind around starting a job search, or your tenure was short and you're mustering the gumption to hunt again. The following steps can help you digest the loss and move forward.
Thursday, March 4, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Why Political Savvy Is Crucial for Higher Ed Leaders
Political savvy is a key component of being a successful higher education leader and yet few graduate programs train students in political advocacy. Wayne Burton discusses the importance of knowing how to navigate the political sector, which provides your primary financial and regulatory support. Having on-going, mutually beneficial relationships with key political players is critical, he says.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 2:00:00 AM

The Importance of Reflection and Listening for Leaders

Those looking to move up in their college and university may be wondering about the essential elements of leadership. Over the years, Robert A. Scott, who served as president at two higher education institutions, has been asked this question often. He shares that the abilities of reflection and listening are key and explains why.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Biden Administration Seeks to Shift the Paradigm on Public Higher Education
With reduced enrollment and lagging state support, the outlook for public higher education isn't great. However, with the shift to the Biden Administration and his promise of free and affordable options for higher education in the future, it is worthwhile to explore how this administration can bring good news to leaders and advocates of public higher education.
Monday, March 1, 2021 3:00:00 AM

The Mission Never Changes During Black History Month

In this interview, Professor Mwatabu Okantah discusses the history behind the Center of Pan-African Culture at Kent State University and shares insight on how to improve programming. He warns that Black History Month is simply a yearly reminder that the long struggle continues and programming must go beyond the month of February.

Friday, February 26, 2021 3:00:00 AM

No Joke: Using Humor in Class is Harder When Learning is Remote

Decades of research show that humor is a key ingredient to successful learning. Among other benefits, humor can create a positive learning environment, increase learning, and make students more motivated to learn. Can educators keep the laughter going when learning takes place online? Professors say it isn't easy.

Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:00:00 AM

HigherEdJobs Launches Military-Focused Online Community
Veterans and reservists working in higher education have unique needs, from flexible leave benefits to community-building opportunities with like-minded individuals. Observing a growing need for a space dedicated to this audience and the professionals who support them, HigherEdJobs recently launched HigherEdMilitary. It is the first and only online community for military-connected professionals serving higher education.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Best of February from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything last month, here are some editor's picks highlighting issues, trends, and tips to help you in your academic career. Find out which articles about diversity and inclusion, careers, and the future of higher education others are reading.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Black Sororities Have Stood at the Forefront of Black Achievement for More than a Century

In her speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Kamala Harris saluted seven women who "inspired us to pick up the torch and fight on." All but two belonged to Black sororities, and Harris also mentioned her own, Alpha Kappa Alpha. A dean and professor provides an in-depth look at why Harris would invoke sororities on such an occasion.

Monday, February 22, 2021 3:00:00 AM

How the Pandemic Strengthened the Meaning of Black History Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on the typical events colleges and universities host to celebrate Black History Month. However, students and professionals are coming together to make this year better than ever. Whether in-person or virtual, events are still available to celebrate the contributions of black individuals and address the issues they still face today.

Monday, February 22, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Amplifying Black Student Voices: An Interview with Dr. Tiffany N. Reed
In this exclusive interview, Dr. Tiffany N. Reed discusses the role of the African American Culture Center at Indiana State University, how programming for Black History Month has changed in the wake of COVID-19, and some of the best practices her office and the institution are making to ensure Black student voices are being heard.
Friday, February 19, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Black Cultural Centers Still Matter on College Campuses
Black cultural centers (BCCs) came into existence during the 1960s, at a time when the country wrestled with social issues that persist today, namely racism, diversity, and inclusion on college campuses. Some worried that BCCs would fade away, but they remain strong today as safe, inviting, and developmental spaces for students, staff, and faculty who seek representation and belonging on campus.
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Pilot Testing: A Low-Risk, High-Return Approach to Innovation
We tend to think of leadership action as taking some grand step to implement a major project. In reality, however, the most effective leadership actions can be the smallest. This is where pilot testing comes in. Here's a look at how testing concepts now may actually help conserve a larger amount of energy in the future and uncover breakthroughs that could not be seen before.
Monday, February 15, 2021 1:00:00 PM

Remote Work Is More of a Possibility Beyond the Pandemic

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, working from home was a temporary arrangement for many higher education professionals. However, after nearly a year of operating this way, institutions may need to embrace remote work beyond the pandemic. Meanwhile, candidates may want to consider enhancing their remote working skills and how to inquire about remote work policies.

Friday, February 12, 2021 3:00:00 AM

The Legacy of HBCUs During Black History Month and Beyond

In this Higher Ed Careers interview, Andrew Hibel spoke with the President of the National HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Alumni Associations Foundation, Tyrone E. Couey. Honoring Black History Month, Couey comments on the current state of HBCUs, how they have weathered the pandemic, and their legacy and future.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 3:00:00 AM

How Trustees Can Slow Down a Freight Train of Cost-Increases
Governing boards, commonly called boards of trustees or boards of regents, are the key to controlling college costs. Frequently, however, by the time a cost-increasing proposal gets to the governing board, it is a metaphorical freight train very difficult to derail. Well-rehearsed narratives will be presented to the board that suggest the increase is absolutely necessary. So, what can the board do?
Monday, February 8, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Incoming Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Reveals Agenda for Equity in Higher Education

President Joseph Biden nominated Dr. Miguel Cardona to become the next Secretary of Education, and he is currently undergoing panel hearings and confirmation in the senate. Though his primary experience has been in K-12 schools, education leaders and state officials believe he can make a significant impact on colleges and universities. Here are some potential priorities and policies we can expect him to encounter during his tenure.

Friday, February 5, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Getting Hired as a Manager When You’ve Never Managed

Pursuing your first job with direct reports, whether it's a dean, director, or other middle-level administrator, can be a difficult transition to make in academe. Colleges and universities often lack comprehensive management development programs, but climbing the ladder doesn't have to be hard. Consider these tips for taking steps towards a management position.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Book Review – Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College

There is a wealth of academic literature regarding student success in college, much of which has involved the quantitative measurement of service quality and student satisfaction in higher education. In their book, Peter Felten and Leo M. Lambert go beyond quantitative data to provide an opportunity for the reader to peruse best practices in developing relationship-rich education.

Monday, February 1, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Actions to Take When Thinking About Future Campus Activities
As many campuses continue to navigate virtual -- or a hybrid of in-person and virtual -- learning and events, many questions still remain about the transition back to in-person activities. Jameson Root from the National Association for Campus Activities spoke with Andrew Hibel of HigherEdJobs and walked us through some best practices, advice, and resources for the upcoming transition.
Friday, January 29, 2021 4:00:00 PM

4 Questions to Help Managers Help Young Professionals
Young professionals are struggling to start their careers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of December 2020, the unemployment rate for young adults was 11.2 percent, which is almost twice as high as the national rate. They are likely to experience lower wages, a slower hiring cycle and a "failure to launch" their careers. Here's how managers can help the young adults on their team.
Friday, January 29, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Panel Offers Recommendations on How Best to Recruit and Retain Faculty of Color

During a panel at the Association of American Colleges and Universities' (AAC&Us) 2021 Virtual Meeting, higher education leaders discussed ways to address environments that are toxic to students of color and how to recruit more faculty of color. Strategies ranged from adjusting your job descriptions to creating a better pipeline.

Thursday, January 28, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Higher Education's Pressing Issues as Told by Our 2020 Authors in Residence
HigherEdJobs is proud to highlight the authors who have contributed to our Authors in Residence series throughout 2020. The past year's authors address various areas and pressing issues in higher education including college costs, visionary leadership, college mental health services, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Institutional Recovery and Renewal in Stages, Part II

In Part II of Institutional Recovery and Renewal in Stages, Robert A. Scott discusses how the pandemic has revealed the weaknesses in our colleges and universities. He points out that it has accelerated the need for changes in our systems of governance and leadership. If there is one thing for sure, he says, faculty participation as partners in the enterprise is essential.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Uncovering Common Interests to Find Common Ground
People in conflict instinctively hold to hard and fast positions. This creates a downward spiral as we become entrenched in our viewpoints, foreclosing possibilities for collaboration. Instead, we must transcend this spiral and address the interests that underlie the positions we hold in order to find common ground. Let's explore a process for doing this.
Monday, January 25, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Are Job Postings Heating Up After a Summer Hiring Freeze?
In a July 2020 article, we took the temperature of job posting activity in higher education, and job postings were down 30 percent from the previous year. How cold is it now, six months later as higher education faces the brunt of continued economic uncertainty? Here's a look at the job posting trends and insight from Andy Brantley, president and CEO of CUPA-HR.
Friday, January 22, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Keeping Your Virtual Workspace Professional
The workplace looks quite different these days, with many people conducting work in non-traditional settings, such as our homes and backyards. As students and professionals learn to adapt to this environment, many mishaps have occurred. Consider these tips to help students, professionals, and families navigate these virtual spaces in an effective and professional manner.
Friday, January 22, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Institutional Recovery and Renewal in Stages, Part I
Over the past year, higher education institutions have experienced declining enrollment and budget deficits, and as a result, salaries have been cut, employees have lost jobs, colleges have closed their doors, and still others have merged. Much has changed and the road to recovery will be difficult. Robert A. Scott examines how governing boards can approach this challenge.
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Sharing Diverse Narratives Through Solidarity
Sekile M. Nzinga, author of "Lean Semesters: How Higher Education Reproduces Inequity," is one of HigherEdJobs 2021 Authors in Residence. She is kicking off her blog series with an inside look at her inspiration for the book. She says her motivation for completing it had little to do with her academic career and considers "Lean Semesters" a solidarity project and a witnessing project.
Friday, January 15, 2021 4:00:02 AM

Federal Financial Aid for College Will Be Easier to Apply for – and a Bit More Generous
The FAFSA is being simplified through the omnibus spending bill that became law in December. Here, Robert Kelchen, an expert on higher education policy, explains what the simplification and other changes mean for students and families who must fill it out to receive Pell Grants, student loans, and many other types of financial aid from states and colleges.
Friday, January 15, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Getting Faculty off the Sidelines and in the Innovation Game

When colleges and universities face existential problems -- like many are today with funding, enrollment, or COVID-19 -- the tendency is to look outward for ideas and solutions. Russell Thacker, PhD, discusses how leaders can unlock the innovation of their people first rather than pivoting to external sources for help and why doing so is important.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:00:00 AM

Parents: The Next Protected Class?

Today, there are still ways that we penalize parents, particularly mothers, forcing them to choose between career and family by putting them in untenable positions forcing us to ask, are parents the next protected class? As the pandemic continues to disrupt work and life patterns, Dr. Shai Butler calls for better structural solutions to support working parents and caregivers.

Monday, January 11, 2021 4:00:00 AM

What the ‘Doctor’ Title Means for Women of Color with Doctorates

In a Dec. 11 Wall Street Journal op-ed, conservative author Joseph Epstein chided incoming first lady Jill Biden for using "Dr." before her name while she is not a physician. The article sparked widespread backlash from women in academia, particularly those of color for whom the refusal to acknowledge their Ph.D. is particularly hurtful.

Friday, January 8, 2021 10:00:00 AM

How a Self-Talk Routine Can Help Remote Workers

It's easy to dismiss self-talk as psychotherapy for people who feel inadequate. The phrase may even conjure up images of the "Saturday Night Live" sketch with Stuart Smalley saying into a mirror, "I'm good enough, smart enough, and doggone it, people like me." However, there's more utility for self-talk than simply boosting self-esteem. It can also help you work more effectively and find career success.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:00:00 AM

The Year 2020 from HigherEdJobs
While we might want to leave 2020 behind and never look back, this past year will certainly go down in higher education history. It challenged higher education in various ways and taught us many lessons to take into the new year with us. Let's take a moment to reflect on the year and the experiences it brought.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Onboarding New Employees in the COVID-19 Era Takes Extra Planning, Effort

You only get one chance to make a first impression on a new employee. Despite the fact that initial interactions are often now remote instead of in person, welcoming a new employee to your organization is vitally important. For many managers, remote onboarding is uncharted territory. If you're new to it, here's how some organizations are finding ways to reinvent the process.

Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:00:00 PM

How Rebranding Yourself Can Revitalize Your Job Search

A lot happened in 2020. Whether you're an active or a passive job seeker, the new year presents an ideal opportunity to reflect on what you've learned this past year and refresh your brand. Taking this chance to overhaul your materials and unify your social media presence invites you to see yourself from a new perspective. It can give you a renewed sense of focus and purpose for 2021, which stands to energize your job search.

Thursday, December 24, 2020 3:00:00 AM

What Happened in 2020? Updating Your Pre-Pandemic Resume/CV

There's no denying that 2020 has been a tough year. But how will you tell future hiring committees about it? Now is the time to take the whirlwind of activity -- or perceived idleness -- from the last 12 months and update your pre-pandemic resume/CV for post-pandemic career opportunities. The pandemic may have changed your trajectory, but you can still document your impact.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Report Examines How HBCUs Can Create Inclusive Environment for LGBTQ+ Students
The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation recently released a report analyzing ways historically Black colleges and universities are fostering inclusive environments for LGBTQ+ students on their campuses. This report is intended to provide inspiration to other HBCUs on new ways to support their students.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Accepting the Challenge to See and Listen to Each Other – Again

The election has highlighted how we can become so entrenched in our beliefs that the barest expression of a contrary viewpoint becomes the basis for exclusion. Simply stating, "I voted for . . ." leads to a quick calculus about the person, what the person must believe about a whole host of issues, why the person's morals are questionable, and why he or she is persona non grata. Instead, consider having civil discourse with those with whom you disagree. Here are some tips.

Friday, December 18, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Serving Native American Students on Campus

During Native American Heritage Month in November, Dr. Cobretti D. Williams spoke with Dr. Erica Moore, the director of the American Indian Student Center at South Dakota State University. Moore shares insight into the experiences of Native American students and the critical role the center plays in the advancement and retention of Native American history and culture in higher education.

Thursday, December 17, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Virtual Interviewing: A Guiding Framework for Career Service Professionals

Unemployment has skyrocketed due to COVID-19 and entry-level jobs have decreased. As a result, competition for job openings is even greater now. These suggestions can help develop a guiding framework that can assist new, or seasoned, career service professionals to empower students to clearly articulate their value to employers.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Personalized Leadership in the Holiday Spirit

Charles R. Middleton, a seasoned university leader, reminisces on the events and traditions that typically take place at colleges and universities in December. From holiday celebrations to December commencement, these activities provide a unique opportunity for leaders to be seen as another person, not just one with authority.

Monday, December 14, 2020 3:00:00 AM

The New Year's Coming: Lessons from the Fall Semester for Higher Education

In the nine months since the onset of the pandemic, college leaders, faculty, and staff have learned many lessons. As this public health crisis continues to delay 'return to normal' operations for most institutions, it is important to reflect on those lessons learned in preparation for a long winter term ahead. Here are some ways you and your institution can best prepare.

Friday, December 11, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Four Questions to Ask in a Job Interview Right Now

Asking good questions is important for candidates whether the job interview occurs in a pandemic or more stable times. But there are a few types of questions that are especially incisive when there's more uncertainty and many employees are working remotely. Lead with questions that will inform you about the stability of the institution and those that strengthen the hiring committee's belief that you are a good fit.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 4:00:00 AM

How Campus Leaders Can Fight Pandemic Fatigue

Everyone knows, by now, that the COVID-19 pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint. Back in the spring, however, many of us were only prepared for a sprint and we've now run out of steam. Campus leadership needs to assume a marathon mentality in order to guide our institutions. Here's a look at how leaders can help their community keep going and not let their guard down.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Leaving One Academic Position for Another
In 2020, there has been a lot of uncertainty in academia, and job opportunities are no exception. If you are fortunate enough to be considering a position at another institution, these three tips may help you determine if a move elsewhere in the midst of societal upheaval, economic uncertainty, and higher educational restructuring is the right decision for you.
Friday, December 4, 2020 3:00:00 AM

US Colleges Report a 43% Decline in New International Student Enrollment, and Not Just Because of the Pandemic

For the fourth year in a row, the number of international students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities has declined, according to data released this month by the State Department and the Institute of International Education. An international education expert explains what this decline means for U.S. students and the U.S. economy.

Thursday, December 3, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Is Passion the Antidote for Pandemic Work Life?
The year 2020 has been full of public health concerns, social and racial injustices, and general political tensions. This holiday season, may we find hope from outside academia and renewed passion for our work from two inspirational individuals, who together bring forth new hope for families year-round but especially every December, Steve Albini and Heather Whinna.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Ready for Spring Semester? Communicating Effectively with All Campus Stakeholders

Is your institution's board of trustees ready to tackle the spring semester? COVID-19 safety precautions have made the normal means of campus communications complicated and difficult. However, leaders must continue to communicate with faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, local officials, and other stakeholders. Dr. Robert A. Scott shares some tips for doing so.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Best of November from HigherEdJobs

In case you missed anything last month, here's a recap of HigherEdJobs' best articles about careers in academia from the month of November. Find out which articles about workplace issues and trends in higher education others are reading.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 3:00:00 AM

7 Best Practices to Confront Age Bias, Build Generational Diversity

At SHRM's INCLUSION 2020 virtual conference, Sonia Aranza, president and chief executive officer of Aranza Cross Cultural Strategies, shared best practices to combat age bias in the workplace. Ageism hinders recruitment, retention, innovation, and performance in workplaces, many of which have five generations working alongside each other, she said. Find out what strategies Aranza recommends for confronting this bias.

Friday, November 27, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Opportunities to Practice Real-Life Philanthropy Bring Academic Benefits
At Northern Kentucky University, students award grants to nonprofits in need through the Mayerson Student Philanthropy Project. It is an unusual hands-on program that embeds aspects of philanthropy into existing classes ranging from costume design to communications. The program isn't just beneficial for the recipients of the charity, though. Student engagement and graduation rates for participants are up.
Wednesday, November 25, 2020 3:00:00 AM

How to Say No to More Work
If you are constantly saying yes to extra work and your career is not where it needs to be, then maybe you're saying yes too often to more work. It might be time to develop a strategic "no." Think of "no" as a tactical retreat on the battlefield of your daily work to win the war of your career. Learning to say no can open up your schedule for more important things. Here are four ways to set boundaries.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Native American Studies Programs Focus on Leadership Development, Community Building

Native American studies departments and programs in higher education do more than just teach about the oppression of Native Americans in U.S. history. Schools like The University of Oklahoma, UW-Madison, University of Minnesota, and UNC-Pembroke have robust programs. They are working to preserve indigenous cultures by introducing and expanding coursework that offers strong ties to community building.

Monday, November 23, 2020 3:00:00 AM

How to Help a Friend Who Has Experienced a Job Loss

It's a hard time in higher education. Like all businesses, universities and colleges are trying to continue their work under difficult conditions while retaining as much of their talented staff as possible. Unfortunately, many people have lost their jobs and those who continue to work in higher education are looking to assist them in the search for new roles. Consider these tips for meaningful support.

Friday, November 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Engaging the Larger Campus Community in Military-Connected Events on Campus
Our university and college campuses are diverse communities that often have many informative and meaningful events taking place on campus (and now virtually). Engaging the larger campus community in these events is essential for our diverse communities to interact and learn from one another. In this month's Higher Ed Careers interview, in honor of November being National Veterans and Military Families Month, we focus on how to best engage the larger campus community in military-connected events.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 4:00:00 AM

What Is a Visionary Leader?

When browsing the job announcements for senior academic positions across the country, it's hard to miss the frequent call for a "visionary leader"-- not only for presidents and chancellor positions but oftentimes for deans. So, what exactly is a visionary leader? And how do you demonstrate that you meet this qualification and what are the bases for your assertion?

Monday, November 16, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Is Your Campus Constructed for Constructive Conflict?
While a relatively new concept in higher education, dispute resolution systems design is critical for mitigating, or at least reducing, the negative consequences of conflict. Well-designed dispute resolution systems guide community members toward constructive conflict (i.e. where disagreements are transformed into conversations, defensiveness into curiosity, and positions into interests). Consider these four steps to get started.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Take this Assessment: Is Your Institution a Welcoming Place for Leaders of Color?

Earlier this year, Russell Thacker and Dr. Sydney Freeman, Jr. shared advice for aspiring administrators of Color. However, these aspiring leaders are only half of the equation. Colleges and universities need to ensure they are also taking the right steps to make themselves welcoming and inclusive places for Black and other leaders of Color. Consider these questions for a self-analysis of your institution.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Best of October from HigherEdJobs
In case you missed anything last month, here's a recap of HigherEdJobs' best articles about careers in academia from the month of October. Find out which articles about job search advice, diversity and inclusion, and trends in higher education you won't want to miss.
Friday, November 6, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Rising Debt: Who Owes and What Are the Consequences

The cost of higher education has risen much faster than either the Consumer Price Index or median household incomes. In their book, "Runaway College Costs," James Koch and Richard J. Cebula explain that trustees on college governing boards are largely responsible for price increases. They argue that we need better qualified, more knowledgeable, and better-trained individuals serving on college boards instead of the often politically-motivated appointments made by governors and legislators.

Friday, November 6, 2020 3:00:00 AM

When You Don’t Know the Answer to an Interview Question
If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, there are a lot of questions we can't possibly know the answer to, no matter how well prepared we are. However, no job candidate wants to be exposed as anything but the expert, or authority figure, they portray themselves to be in their application materials. So, what can you do when faced with a question that has you stumped? Consider these steps.
Thursday, November 5, 2020 3:00:00 AM

The Land of Uncertainty and Opportunity for College Employers and Recent Graduates
While change is to be expected, it's safe to say that most of us couldn't have predicted the changes we've seen during the pandemic. Prior to March of this year, the economy was in a significant upswing. Now, 13.6 million people are currently unemployed in the United States, and students, and career counselors alike, must face an arguably challenging job landscape that is filled with uncertainty.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:00:00 AM

How to Have an Argument About Politics at Work or to Avoid One
The election and its aftermath provide ample opportunities for arguments to arise at work. Though often civil, they aren't always, and we can find ourselves feeling trapped, imposed upon, or on the wrong end of someone's anger and hostility. Griffith shares some tips for either engaging in a civil conversation with your co-worker or avoiding it altogether.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Testing for COVID-19 on Campus: What Is and Isn’t Working
With significant variability across the United States in how university and college leaders approach campus testing for COVID-19, there are many questions that remain unanswered for forthcoming semesters. In this Higher Ed Careers interview, Kelly Cherwin asks Kirstie K. Danielson, Ph.D., epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), some of our pressing questions regarding how campuses can and will navigate quickly approaching new semesters.
Friday, October 30, 2020 11:37:03 AM

Workers’ Mental Health Suffers During the Pandemic: How Managers Can Help
Earlier this month, countries around the globe observed World Mental Health Day -- designed to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health in one's personal and work lives. However, a number of surveys have painted a bleak picture of workers' mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic. While managers have their own COVID-19-related stress, here are some ways they are helping.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Five More Words Candidates Should Avoid Using
Working on an application for your next position? Or perhaps you are wondering why the ones you've submitted aren't getting you interviews? Regardless of what stage of the job search you're in, there are many best practices to remember while writing. Here are five types of words you should be wary of using on all your application materials and during job interviews.
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Revenue Gap for Community Colleges Comes to $78 Billion. Would Biden’s Election Make a Difference?
A recent report by the Center for American Progress reveals a $78 billion revenue gap between community colleges and four-year institutions. Tuition dollars, which community colleges try to keep low, account for the bulk of the gap at $55.5 billion. As the election approaches, some say Joe Biden's election could change the situation for community colleges.
Monday, October 26, 2020 7:00:00 AM

How to Pivot When Your Teaching Role Is Not What You Expected
The expectations and reality of a job sometimes don't align, but it doesn't mean you're a failure. Whether you're new to your institution, and it's different than you imagined it, departmental restructuring is changing your role, or teaching remotely is making your semester feel uncomfortable, here's how to pivot if your teaching role is not what you expected.
Friday, October 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Becoming a Black Studies Scholar
In light of current calls for racial justice and increased activism, several colleges and universities have renewed their focus on, and investment in, Black Studies. This also means that more Black Studies positions are on the horizon for this academic year and the next. A Black Studies scholar shares four tips for becoming a stronger Black Studies scholar.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Colleges and the Thanksgiving COVID-19 Risk: Fauci’s Right -- Holiday Plans May Have to Change
Universities have seen widespread COVID-19 outbreaks this fall. As the weather gets colder, more activities are moving indoors, where the virus can circulate. Now students are preparing to travel for the holiday, and public health officials are worried. As they return home, some may have no discernible symptoms but will still be infectious and introduce the virus to their hometowns.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Pandemic Presents an Opportunity for Small Liberal Arts Colleges to Change
Authors of a new book, "The Post-Pandemic Liberal Arts College," are calling on small liberal arts colleges to not just respond to the economic pressures of the pandemic, but to make themselves anew. Steven Volk and Beth D. Benedix say that to secure a better future, small liberal arts colleges must leave behind exclusionary practices and focus on providing more opportunities for upward mobility.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Shaping Our Lived Contexts Can Beat Biology
As colleges and universities work to treat the growing number of mental health problems among college students, Dr. Lee Keyes shares some insight. He says that evidence for the primacy of context in emotional well-being continues to pour in. Keyes explains that medication can enable people to be more open to benefiting from new experiences and perspectives, but medicine alone is not the cure. Ultimately, the power to overcome life's challenges lies within ourselves.
Monday, October 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Chief Diversity Officers: Strategies for Success in the Current Moment
This year has brought new calls for racial justice, and colleges and universities across the nation are attempting to answer that call with an outpouring of solidarity. As they strive to tackle and engage issues of racial injustice, the voice at the center of these complex issues is the chief diversity officer (CDO), who helps institutions move forward on the path to address inclusion with policies, programs, and people.
Thursday, October 15, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Necessity and Mechanics of Institutional Change
With declining numbers of potential students due to demographics, immigration policy, visa restrictions, developments in other countries, and economics, institutional leaders must find the right balance of revenues and expenses. Robert A. Scott provides insight into how the president and the senior team can implement institutional change and use "points of leverage" for achieving it.
Thursday, October 15, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Three-Step Guide to Overcoming Impostor Syndrome
According to a leading expert about impostor syndrome, the higher up you climb in your career the more susceptible you are to this condition, so higher education professionals are likely to think of themselves as impostors at some point in their careers. Impostor syndrome decreases your confidence, ultimately holding you back from doing your best work and advancing your career. So how do you get rid of it?
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The New Normal: More Interim Presidents
Bryan E. Carlson and Amy Lauren Miller, of The Registry for College and University Presidents, discuss the shorter tenures they are seeing for presidents and the increase in interim appointments. They explore the reasons behind these trends and reflect on what the future of the presidency may look like in our new normal.
Friday, October 9, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How to Respond to Employee Claims of Inequity
It is human nature for employees to compare themselves, what they do, and how they are rewarded, to the efforts and rewards of their co-workers. When these comparisons appear inequitable, whether based on objective information or subjective opinion, they will often act in ways that balance the scale. While you can't control what employees think, you can create an environment that is equitable, responsive to legitimate concerns, and designed to eliminate cause for employees to feel they are inequitably treated.
Thursday, October 8, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What Do Pandemic Policies and Political Ideology Share in Common? Enough to Keep Us Sick
The country is divided on the COVID-19 pandemic, and that division is driving policy not only at the national and state level, but on college campuses too. In higher education, an individual's political ideology, no matter how it slants, will impact what happens on their campus because it will determine what behavior is condoned and practiced. Dr. Shai Butler expresses her hope we can set aside American individualism to pick up care and concern for the community and the common good of the public.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:37:05 AM

Revenue Goals Lurk Behind Decision to Hold Big Ten College Football Games Amid Pandemic
A sports management scholar weighs in on the potential benefits and consequences of holding Big Ten football games in the fall. The decision to hold the season is largely based on revenue and an attempt to cover any deficits. He also discusses how student-athletes are being treated differently than other students and whether colleges and universities would be better served to postpone the season until there is a vaccine or better safety procedures.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What Are White Normative Standards in Postsecondary Education?
In several of her blog posts as Author in Residence for HigherEdJobs, Dr. Gina Ann Garcia has referred to "white normative standards." Here, she briefly defines what she means by white normative standards, and offers a reminder that we will not achieve racial justice in higher education if we allow white normativity to remain intact, as it transcends our curriculum, co-curricular programming, hiring practices, and mission.
Monday, October 5, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Can a College Course Teach Students to ‘Unlearn’ Racism?
Many Americans want to become more open to people of other races but are not clear on how to achieve that goal. A professor at Colorado State University shares what she's found an effective approach in her course 'Social Production of Reality.' Year after year, about 25% of her students report that the class helped them become more tolerant and compassionate towards those who are different than them.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Don’t Let Informational Interviews Become Advice Traps
An informational interview is when a career-minded person asks any professional questions to collect information about a particular career, job, or workplace. It's not a career counseling appointment, it's not a conversation to advance your candidacy or influence a hiring decision (that would be a job interview), and it's certainly not a time to seek advice. Make sure you're getting more than someone's two cents.
Monday, September 28, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Responding to the Call: The Many Hats and Roles of Academic and University Medical Centers
As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, public health workers remain on the front lines to treat, diagnose, and curb the spread of the virus. While the media have often focused on the individual doctors, nurses, and healthcare officials who encounter this issue daily, we must also look to the institutions found on college campuses: academic medical centers.
Sunday, September 27, 2020 10:13:35 AM

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’54 Dies
As many of us mourn together the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we here at HigherEdJobs would like to honor her memory and share a thoughtful article published by her alma mater, Cornell University.
Thursday, September 24, 2020 1:23:29 PM

Study Finds Productivity Not Deterred by Shift to Remote Work
Historically, there was a perception that if employees weren't in the office, they weren't working or at least, they weren't working as effectively as they could be. Now, recent research shows that the skepticism many companies had about working from home may be eroding. Many employers are reporting that productivity is the same as or higher than it was before the pandemic, which could open up more opportunities for flexible work schedules.
Thursday, September 24, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Coming to Terms in Difficult Conversations
In mediation and dialogue processes, individuals often struggle to communicate and understand one another due to confusion about what each person meant when they used a particular term, such as "micro-managing" or "racist." Unfortunately, their struggle to find clarity on terms serves only to deepen their misunderstanding. If you genuinely want to understand one another, here are some suggestions that may help you come to terms during these difficult conversations.
Monday, September 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Micro-Mentoring: How a Small Moment Can Alter Your Career Path
Have you ever reflected on the course of your career and the seemingly inconsequential moments that have made an impact? Such slight changes in the direction of a life, when played out over a longer period, have the potential to radically change who we are, what we do, and where we do it. What micro-mentors have made a difference in your path?
Monday, September 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Closing the Gap Between Faculty & Administrators: Five Ideas from Senior Leaders
Many have said the divide between faculty and administrators continues to grow. In the last few years, budget cuts, shared governance issues, and now COVID-19 and its impact have exposed this rift. So, how can senior leaders help bridge this trust gap? Let's explore a few efforts that have helped campus leaders around the country to increase understanding and communication with faculty at their institutions.
Monday, September 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Affirmative Action in the Spotlight
Currently, there are lawsuits alleging bias by Harvard and Yale in undergraduate admissions. They claim that affirmative action on behalf of Black candidates is discriminatory. It will be up to Harvard and Yale to mount their arguments in court. However, in the meantime, let us consider the uses of affirmative action, i.e., the consideration of characteristics other than class rank and SAT scores, in college admissions.
Friday, September 18, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Why Your Institution Should Be Talking About the $120 Billion in Donor-Advised Funds
In this month's Higher Ed Careers interview Andrew Hibel interviews the founders of Half My DAF who shed light on what a Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is and why we should be taking a closer look at DAFs. As many nonprofits have been hit hard by COVID-19, Half My DAF has encouraged people to put their charitable dollars to work and has raised awareness of the over $120 billion sitting in more than 700,000 DAFs. Thus far, Half My DAF has helped move over $5 million from DAFs to over 400 nonprofits.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How to Write Your ‘Personal User Manual’
Our phones and computers come with instruction manuals, so why not us? You may be surprised to learn that the concept of writing your own "personal user manual" has been recommended by executive coaches for a number of years and adapted in several variations. This one-page document describes your style, preferences, and sensibilities, while also providing instructions to your coworkers for how you operate as a way to prevent communication breakdowns and misunderstandings.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:00:00 AM

On Who Matters – and Who Doesn’t – in Higher Education
As COVID-19 continues to devastate communities across the U.S. and many colleges and universities begin their fall semesters on-campus, new light has been shed on whose lives matter in making these decisions. More emphasis has been placed on student lives, as opposed to those of faculty, admin, and staff members, particularly those professions that are vital to college campuses, such as custodial service employees and groundskeeping workers.
Monday, September 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Ethnic Diversity on Campus Helps Break Down Stereotypes
Research shows that stereotypes fall by the wayside and students can better see their commonality with others when they attend colleges that enroll students from diverse backgrounds. That, in turn, leads to higher satisfaction and better prepares them for life and work in 21st century America.
Friday, September 11, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Is Racial Justice in Your Mission?
The racial justice movement in higher education has finally arrived -- perhaps 400 years too late -- as colleges and universities across the U.S. actively engage in conversations about race, anti-racism, and anti-Blackness. College leaders are calling for change, but those calls now need to be put into action. But what does action look like? How do we undo 400 years of higher education where whiteness is normative? Let's start with your mission statement.
Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Emotionally Managing Survivor’s Guilt
It's a challenging time to work in higher education. Many institutions are kicking off the 2020-21 school year with leaner teams across departments, leaving some professionals whose roles were not impacted by cuts feeling a complex sense of relief, appreciation, and concern. Here are some tips for handling this new reality and managing the survivor's guilt that may complicate your feelings about work.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 1:00:01 PM

Will Your Career Decline on the Aging Curve?
Though higher education professionals aren't like major league baseball players when it comes to career longevity, some say there is a decline in intellectual ability. In fact, many experts estimate that it starts to decline in our late-30s and early-40s. Others say it's simply that we experience reduced motivation as we age. Regardless of what you believe, it's important to simply be aware that career decline can exist.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Central Role of Social Factors in Well-Being
Social and environmental surroundings -- like the effects of the pandemic -- have enormous relevance to mental health, and yet this relevance is often overlooked in treatment or healthcare systems. Mental health systems focus almost exclusively on intrapersonal origins of psychopathology and tend to "treat" those -- specifically, and most often, at the cellular level with medication. As such, we are missing important opportunities to address the sources of suffering, complex and difficult though they may be.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Helping Minority Postdocs Find Their Path
HigherEdJobs recently spoke with Dr. Alberto I. Roca, founder of MinorityPostdoc.org, a resource for professional development and career resources for minority postdoctoral scholars and fellows. During the conversation, Dr. Roca discusses the nature of his role, tips for success in the job market, and how he and his organization are working to close the gap between minority postdocs and their future careers.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Viewpoint: Belonging Is the Missing Piece in the Fight for Inclusion
"Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is a behavior. But belonging is the emotional outcome that people want in their organization," says one diversity consultant. If your college or university is recruiting diverse candidates, that's a great first step. However, your work doesn't stop there. Colleges must elevate their DE&I efforts to truly create a culture of belonging.
Friday, August 28, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Everything in Your Career Is in Flux
When times are tough, we often learn a lot about who we are and what's important to us. Amid the pandemic, people may view their careers and the higher education industry with a sense of panic: the world is burning! In that vein, let's pretend everything related to your career is on fire. What will you save from your resume or your office? What are you really passionate about?
Thursday, August 27, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Re-calculating Tuition During the COVID Crisis
Lawsuits seeking tuition refunds for Spring 2020 and reduced tuition for Fall 2020 have put a spotlight on how college tuition is determined. However, in shifting to online learning, colleges incurred unexpected costs and experience reduced revenue from summer programs, rentals, investments, and students deciding to take a "gap" year. A former president says tuition should be set in relation to necessary expenses, whether or not remote teaching and learning are continued into 2021.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Tempered Radical Leadership within the Academy in the Age of COVID-19
Tempered radicals are grassroots activists with the potential to unite proactive movements to create better workplace experiences. Smith and Ekpe help define exactly what tempered radicalism means and how the theory's tenets can be implemented. While those who fall into this category are likely to have less visibility, less coordination, and less formal authority, they have the potential to unite proactive movements to create better workplace experiences.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Outdoor Classes Hold Promise for In-Person Learning Amid COVID-19
When it comes to conducting classes this fall, most colleges seem to be stuck between holding in-person or remote classes, or some combination of the two. However, some institutions are considering a less common, but promising model for instruction: conducting class in outdoor spaces. Since research suggests that the virus spreads less efficiently outdoors than indoors, holding classes outside could prove an innovative way to safely keep students on campus.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:00:00 AM

How to Impress Remotely
Are high stakes meetings, like job interviews, less unnerving when conducted remotely? While it does afford us the opportunity to have these conversations from the relative comfort of home, it can be difficult to feel like we're truly making the connection and impression we would be if we were physically meeting with our interviewers. Consider these tips for creating a comfortable, impressive presence for a remote context.
Friday, August 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How Candidates Should Answer Post-Pandemic Interview Questions
No one knows exactly what challenges colleges and universities are going to encounter in a post-pandemic environment. So, when it comes to hiring right now, employers are increasingly focusing on a candidate's ability to problem-solve, or in other words, adapt to unpredictable circumstances. Candidates should be prepared with a story that demonstrates creative solutions and the ability to course-correct.
Thursday, August 20, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Season Cancellations and Lack of Protections Create More Uncertainty for College Athletes
Going into summer, though institutions were feeling cautious about fall reopening, there was some optimism when it came to college sports. However, with rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across the country, plans have quickly changed. Both the Big Ten and PAC-12 athletic conferences decided to cancel fall sports and postpone until spring 2021. These events will not only shape the future of college sports, but of college athletes.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Seizing Your Second Chance at Online Teaching
We don't always get a second chance. But this fall, if you are teaching at one of the increasing number of institutions around the United States opting back into online learning, you are eligible for a do-over. With pandemic online learning 2.0 fast approaching, how will you update your next version of online teaching? Here are a few small changes you can make for a more engaging and personal online learning experience.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 7:00:00 AM

The Value and Importance of Being Optimistic in Perilous Times
These are unsettling times for higher education, and in many cases, institutional survival is at stake. Leading in these times of uncertainty and existential angst in our colleges and universities is not fun. However, a former president of Roosevelt University offers insight into one of the essential qualities for success: public optimism. Especially now, it is imperative for leaders to maintain an optimistic outlook on the future.
Monday, August 17, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Call to Listen More Deeply in Conversations about Race and Racism
Recent events provide once again an opportunity to talk about race and racism -- not lip service but genuine conversation leading to action. Though we've been here before and fallen into complacency, indications are that more white Americans than ever are ready to engage in such conversations and take action to join African Americans and others to combat racism. Daniel B. Griffith shares some tips for those looking to engage, understand, and get the most out of these conversations.
Friday, August 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Should Students Get a Discount if They Won’t Be on Campus Because of COVID-19?
Many students and their families -- and members of the general public -- may be wondering if there should be a discount for online learning. After all, students aren't getting the sports events, student clubs, access to labs and the library, and out-of-class activities that are part of the typical campus experience. A longtime college admissions and enrollment leader explains why colleges can or can't charge less for tuition amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced many to hold their classes online.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Points to Consider for Running a Virtual Orientation Program
While institutions across the nation continue to finalize their Fall opening plans, many of them have opted-in for a virtual orientation program. As orientation programs are planned, it is important to remember the challenges some students face in regards to resources and technology and to make these programs as welcoming as possible for everyone. Dr. Andrew Martinez shares a few tips for keeping your orientation plans inclusive.
Monday, August 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Steering Through Your Career with Self-Awareness
While driving along your career path, it's easy to only interpret what you see through your windshield and rear-view mirrors. After all, there's a lot of traffic out there. But you might forget to look at your control panel, inspect your vehicle, or check the GPS to make sure you get to where you're going. This is why an important part of career development is practicing self-awareness.
Friday, August 7, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Closed Schools, Camps and Day Cares Raise Workplace Complications for Managers
The pandemic has hit parents particularly hard, leaving them with few options for childcare. Many are working from home while caring for their children and educating them since schools and summer camps are closed. As a result, many managers are confused about what kind of leave they can approve and what kind of flexibility they can allow. This article shares some guidance on what employers can offer.
Friday, July 31, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Comparing the Black and White Higher Education Workforce
A new interactive graphic, the Black and White Higher Education Workforce, developed by the College and University Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) depicts the representation and pay of Black and White higher education employees.
Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Making Your Academic Writing Pop
The dog days of summer are a good chance for each of us to pause and think about the impact our work is really having. Writing is a big portion of this "work" in higher education, but academic writing is often dismissed as being unreadable, uninteresting, or just plain out of touch with the general population, and much of it is never read. How do we create writing that's more accessible and memorable to the everyday reader?
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Colleges Expect Athletes to Work but Not to Air Any Grievances: Here’s Why That’s Wrong
When college athletes practice or play, they're really performing work. But are they able to speak up when the work conditions threaten their health? And what happens when they do? Erin Hatton, an Associate Professor of Sociology, warns that athletes are not only chastised for "crying" and "whining" but are often labeled as "un-coachable," which threatens their professional prospects.
Friday, July 24, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How to Lead with Emotional Intelligence During Hard Times
It's a complex time to be a leader. Challenges are mounting from multiple directions: health and safety are at risk; job security is uncertain; vital concerns about equality and human rights abound. So, where do you start? How do you conjure your reliable leadership self during times that are chaotic on multiple fronts? It all starts with emotional intelligence.
Thursday, July 23, 2020 7:08:29 AM

Can History Soothe the Pain of 2020 for Academia?
As higher education navigates uncertain times, can looking back at history assuage some of our concerns? Higher education has endured many trials and tribulations over the years and our current reality will make history as yet another trial. In this Higher Ed Careers interview we hear from John Thelin, university research professor of history of higher education & public policy at the University of Kentucky, on how higher education has persevered throughout history.
Thursday, July 23, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Anti-Racist Hiring Practices in Higher Education
The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 wasn't the first public execution of a Black person at the hands of a white police officer and certainly not the last. However, it brought protesters to the street demanding justice for George Floyd and others like him and sparked an awakening. In the days that followed, scholars reminded us that it is not enough to be non-racist -- that we must be anti-racist. Dr. Gina Garcia says colleges and universities must figure out how to achieve this as well and hiring practices is the perfect place to start.
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What Will a Student Health Emphasis Mean for Your Career?
Student health centers will be a focal point during the current pandemic and beyond. As colleges prepare to open their campuses for the fall semester and adhere to new guidelines, what will these evolving needs related to student health mean for careers in higher education? Several health professionals weigh in on how centers may need to adjust to accommodate greater student health needs and the skills that will be useful for all those working on campus.
Monday, July 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The What of It All: Understanding Words and Meanings in Fighting the Nation’s Pandemic of Racism
In addition to a COVID-19 global pandemic, there's another public health crisis that we are facing -- the crisis of racism in the United States of America. Like COVID-19, it has its own language that is important to understand. Dr. Shai L. Butler offers a primer on the terms used in the language of racial and social justice, including "diversity," "inclusion," "equality," and "equity." "If we plan to eradicate a pandemic," Butler says, "we must accurately understand what we are fighting and appreciate its distinct definitions."
Thursday, July 16, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Book Review - Markets, Minds, and Money: Why America Leads the World in University Research
Leo Z. Archambault, DBA provides an in-depth look at the book, "Markets, Minds, and Money: Why America Leads the World in University Research" by Miguel Urquiola. In an attempt to answer how American research universities rose to preeminence, Urquiola compares them to their European counterparts, identifies three significant differences, and highlights various examples from the history of U.S. colleges and universities.
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Communicating Moral Leadership in Uncertain Times
As we shift into uncharted territory in institutional planning and academic governance, transparency has become an essential and moral component of leadership practice in higher education. For this feature, Williams interviews Dr. Natasha Turman, director of the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program at the University of Michigan. They discuss her thoughts on transparency in leadership and how the current climate impacts the need for critical and inclusive pedagogy and practice.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 5:00:00 AM

A Raging Debate Invisible to Many
In his book, "Delivering Effective Mental Health Services," Dr. Lee Keyes posed four paradigms from which college mental health services could be constructed and oriented. They can be thought of as points of view from which we perceive human beings and their problems in living, which in turn results in how we approach helping them advance or promote their wellbeing. Traditionally, health and mental health care have focused almost exclusively on the intrapersonal paradigm despite the many external factors that can affect well-being.
Monday, July 13, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Faculty Job Postings Remain Stable Compared to Staff Positions
The abrupt economic peril and suboptimal circumstances resulting from the coronavirus pandemic should mean fewer job postings. Employers across almost all industries are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to hiring. While it's true that job postings on HigherEdJobs are down more than 30 percent based on total openings compared to this time last year, most of the decline is for administrative staff positions. In comparison, full- and part-time faculty job postings are down by only 6 percent.
Friday, July 10, 2020 5:00:00 AM

A Pandemic Amongst a Pandemic: The Black Community Is Exhausted

"University officials' ineffective statements in response to the recent murders of Black people mirror ethical relativism decorated as civility," writes Leslie Ekpe, a Ph.D. student at Texas Christian University. "To stand in solidarity with the Black community is not just a moment of unity, but a call for action to dismantle structural racism." In a letter to university officials, she calls for better listening, thoughtful language, and less talk, more action.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Ethical Challenges Loom Over Decisions to Resume In-Person College Classes
The disruption of the education of millions of Americans could be devastating. But how soon will it be safe to start phasing out online instruction? Many U.S. campuses are planning to resume at least some in-person instruction, even as growing numbers of faculty are voicing concerns about safety. However, physical distancing at colleges is especially hard, where dorms tend to be notoriously tight quarters and many buildings don't allow for ventilation.
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Allegations and Public Policy: The Case of University Endowments
University endowments in the United States are as old as the institutions themselves. They exist in order to provide core support for the long term -- to provide ongoing stability. However, endowments have drawn a lot of criticism from the public. Some say schools with the largest ones shouldn't charge tuition, and others argue that universities should not seek a maximum return on their investments. A former college president refutes those arguments, explaining the value of endowments and some of the nuances that may be overlooked.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Presidents’ Panel: How COVID-19 Will Change Higher Education
From graduation ceremonies and sports to research and instruction to student characteristics, COVID-19 is changing the face of higher education. Here, three university presidents share their thoughts on what the future holds. The insight comes from Walter M. Kimbrough (President of Dillard University), Ana Mari Cauce (President of the University of Washington), and Samuel L. Stanley (President of Michigan State University).
Friday, July 3, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How to Cultivate Civil Discourse on Campus in Times of Crisis and Unrest
Despite efforts to cultivate free and civil speech on campus, the trend to inhibit diversity of thought continues to be a challenge for higher education and, by extension, our democracy. At the same time, the question about how we can promote equality on campus in a climate that protects freedom of speech remains. Scott Cowen and Heide Winston explore these contradicting concepts and provide some insight on how to achieve both.
Thursday, July 2, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Treat Your Job Search like Your Dissertation, Keep Going
Many assume that the transition between school and work is distinct and quick. It might take you several years to earn a degree, but graduation day marks the transition into "adulthood" and working in your career field. You go to school. You graduate. You work until retirement. However, that's not the case for those working toward a Ph.D. It's common for Ph.D. students to have several years of overlap between being a student and an employee.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Advancing Higher Education Advancement
In this interview, Andrew Hibel speaks with Sarah Morris, a seasoned development and fundraising professional, who now serves as the assistant vice chancellor for regional and global advancement for the University of Illinois. Sarah shares insight on her career path and advice for those looking to enter the field. In addition, she comments on challenges major gift officers are now facing and speculates what advancement in higher education may look like in the future.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Viewpoint: Stay Interviews Matter More Than Ever
With all of the worries and chaos employees are feeling right now during this pandemic, one expert recommends that organizations conduct stay interviews. After all, how can we know what employees think and fear if we don't ask them? Communication with your employees about their struggles and concerns -- and how you can help -- has never been more important. The insight you get from these stay interviews can reduce turnover and improve engagement.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:17:45 AM

How Interims Are Transforming Higher Education Leadership
Since the onset of COVID-19, there has been an overwhelming number of articles on helping faculty enhance their online teaching abilities, on transforming the residence life experience, and on changing the narrative for future student recruitment. However, few articles have focused on the new models of leadership that will be necessary to return many campuses not to normalcy but simply to a fragile stability. Jim Martin and Galen Hench discuss how interim leaders can support colleges and universities during this troubling time.
Monday, June 29, 2020 11:48:14 AM

Admissions Offices Get Innovative During Challenging Times
At the beginning of 2020, most higher education institutions were deep in recruitment and admissions processes for the incoming class of students, but with the COVID-19 outbreak, enrollment efforts look different today than in the past. In addition, enrollment management has become a critical and essential component of long-term planning for institutions facing future uncertainty. Thankfully, we're seeing institutions adapt and rise to the challenge of the times by thinking outside the box and working together.
Friday, June 26, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What Colleges and Universities Can Do to Improve Police-Community Relations
In the wake of the death of George Floyd -- and the protests that it has sparked around the world -- public attention is focused on ending police brutality like never before. Higher education can make a difference and help empower students to take an active role in public safety, says a public policy scholar who examines the interplay between race, policing, and public governance. Here are several ways colleges and universities can get involved.
Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What to Do if Your College Is About to Close
Two years have passed since Mount Ida College closed its doors, and Roberta Steinberg, who worked at the private school in Massachusetts for more than 30 years, still laments not seeing the handwriting on the wall. Even with the current pandemic and potential financial crisis threatening the existence of some institutions, faculty and staff are conditioned to deny that their institution will close. However, if you're willing to heed Steinberg's warnings, these lessons from her experience can help you prepare for a career after a closure.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 6:00:00 AM

The Emergence of Student Success as a Professional Field in Higher Education
At one time, "student success," if the term was used at all, was a stand-in for "transfer rate" at community colleges and "graduation rate" at four-year institutions. By the early 2000s, increasing access and success was a common combination, though in research and practice the focus was mostly on access, or widening participation to be more inclusive of students underrepresented in higher education. Today, student success is a top priority and there are jobs at all levels for people who want to contribute to college student success.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 6:00:00 AM

The History of ‘Coming Out,’ from Secret Gay Code to Popular Political Protest
In the 1950s, "coming out" meant quietly acknowledging one's sexual orientation. Today, the term is used by a broad array of social movements. Abigail C. Saguy, a professor of sociology, explains how the phrase "coming out" has evolved over the years and its role in the LGBT rights movement. She also shares how that movement continues to inspire other social movements such as the fat acceptance movement and the undocumented youth movement, among others -- to also "come out."
Friday, June 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Should You Follow Up After Submitting an Application?
As a job applicant, there is no doubt you've thought about following up with a potential employer at some point. However, the following thoughts may have also crossed your mind: Is it acceptable to follow up? How soon is too soon? Who should I contact? The answers often depend upon your reason for following up and how you go about doing it. Consider these rules of thumb next time you're tempted to send a follow-up note.
Thursday, June 18, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Claims of Disruption in Higher Education Focus on Means and Not Ends
Scott Galloway, according to a recent interview, and other higher ed professionals have estimated that up to one-third of colleges are at risk of closing or needing to merge and that a handful of elite online universities will soon monopolize higher education. What is missing from the interview and other recent articles is any acknowledgment of the purpose of higher education beyond credentialing, writes Robert A. Scott. Why, he asks, have we succumbed to a defeatist attitude when it comes to providing high-quality advanced education to all who qualify?
Monday, June 15, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Star Player Who Expressed Interest in Going to an HBCU May Shake Up How Athletes Select a College
Mikey Williams, one of the nation's best 15-year-old basketball players, sent shockwaves through the sports world when he tweeted that he might go to a historically black college or university, also known as an HBCU. Here, Jasmine Harris, a researcher who studies student-athletes, elaborates on why Williams' potential decision is generating so much interest and what it could mean for the future.
Friday, June 12, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Guiding Employees to Find Their Own Solutions
Employees experiencing workplace conflict often feel they have no choice but to file a grievance and rely on a decision-maker, such as a manager or a HR representative, to step in, investigate, and render a decision regarding the resolution of the conflict. However, as a leader, you can instead help employees build their capability to address their own conflict situations. Daniel B. Griffith outlines the steps to take in meeting with and coaching employees regarding these situations.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Higher Education Job Market from 2014 through 2019: An Overview
A review of the IPEDS survey data from 2014 through 2018, supplemented with 2019 job postings from HigherEdJobs.com, paints a picture of an industry that has undergone subtle but noticeable shifts in instructional and administrative staffing even as its overall size has remained relatively static. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the employment landscape and overall higher education job market, this glimpse of the industry from the past five years can give knowledge of where we've been and give hope as we forge ahead in a new normal in the world of higher education.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:00:02 PM

Residence Halls and Residence Life After COVID-19
With many higher education institutions closing their campuses to stop the spread of COVID-19, nearly 800,000 students in the world left their residence halls and dormitories to return to their families and homes. Now, the people that remain are the residence hall personnel, including building directors, facilities staff, and residential department leaders who have to assess what will become of residence life on campus as the world navigates this pandemic and what this fall will look like.
Friday, June 5, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How Digital Humanities Creates Stronger Disciplines

In response to "The New Humanities: Once-robust fields are being broken up and stripped for parts," which appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Camellia Moses Okpdu, Ph.D. challenges the ideas presented. Looking at the bigger picture, she poses some important questions about the value of embracing change in all disciplines and how to prepare a student body for the workforce of the future.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:00:00 AM

The Class of COVID-19
Though this year's college graduates are all members of the class of 2020, they will likely be remembered as the class of COVID-19. Nick and Rory Martin, both among this group, examine how the pandemic has impacted graduating college students from institutions across the U.S. -- both small and large. Here's a look at common sentiments among the class of 2020 at the beginning stages of the COVID-19 outbreak and how they're feeling now as they look to the future.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 7:49:12 AM

George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery Deaths: Racism Causes Life-Threatening Conditions for Black Men Every Day
Police killings of black men gain widespread attention, but black men's life-and-death issues are ignored on a daily basis, explains a physician who studies health gaps. He has found that the life-and-death effects of racism in the U.S. go far beyond police shootings and although racism harms many groups of people, black men are paying the highest cost. He goes even further to explain that even education and climbing the social ladder don't help their situation.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:50:57 AM

How to Stay Motivated During a Difficult Time
Living in quarantine can make it difficult to stay focused, motivated, and engaged in work, especially when you were accustomed to the energizing buzz of campus life. Plus, the news is heavy, with Americans sick and dying, students struggling, and people losing their jobs. It's natural -- and okay -- to struggle with staying motivated with everything that is going on these days. However, these tips can help you manage your anxiety and remain productive.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Applying for Competitive Dissertation Fellowships: 5 Key Tips
When there is such a high price tag on attending graduate programs, dissertation fellowships offer graduate students a way to earn additional financial aid during their research. However, preparing an application requires significant time and energy, and the quantity and quality of support available to Ph.D. students when writing their applications has a direct impact on the likelihood of them winning. In an effort to level the "playing field," Terrell Strayhorn offers these five tips for preparing a competitive dissertation fellowship.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Chairing Your First Search Committee: Avoiding Rookie Mistakes
Chairing a search committee for the first time? The three essential ingredients for success are to know the policies, to know the process, and to know the people -- in other words how the game is played. Try to avoid the worst rookie mistakes that a new committee chair can make -- shouldering the responsibility for a successful search alone and relying on one's own experience and expertise. There are many stakeholders who can and should be enlisted to support the process.
Friday, May 29, 2020 5:45:12 AM

Managing Employer Brand During the COVID-19 Outbreak
How is your college or university managing your employer brand during this unprecedented time? While there's no playbook to help your institution get through this, employer branding, especially during this crisis, should be considered in every move you make. According to recruitment marketing experts, how your company is treating its employees, customers, and community will define your employer brand and what happens now will have a lasting effect on your organization's reputation and ability to attract, recruit, and retain talent today and in the future.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 3:00:00 PM

Is Liberation a Viable Outcome for Students Who Attend College?
In post-secondary education, we place value on academic outcomes such as 4-year and 6-year graduation rates, year-to-year persistence, course completion rates, withdrawal rates, and GPA. However, these outcomes are highly correlated with student-level demographics and experiences such as race, socio-economic status, mother's education level, access to quality K-12 schooling, and racism. Gina Ann Garcia, author of "Becoming Hispanic Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities," argues that in order to effectively educate and serve minoritized students in college, we must embrace liberation as an outcome.
Thursday, May 28, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Preparing for Our Futures: Faculty in Health Professions Sees Active Growth
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) has released a new report: "Faculty in the Health Professions: Growth, Compensation, and Salaries." The report examines the steady growth in the discipline and reveals health professions faculty have a higher median salary compared to other disciplines. Find out what other trends were revealed.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 5:00:00 AM

A Social-Ecological View of the Mental Health Crisis
These days, we often hear about a mental health "epidemic" among our youth -- that is, there are more young people seeking mental health care. Dr. Lee Keyes, a psychologist and author of "Delivering Effective Mental Health Services," argues that the epidemic isn't really about greater levels of mental illness. He suggests we, as a culture, are entering into a type of dystopia and therefore therapy alone can't address this crisis.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:27:59 AM

Reimagining Hands-on Learning in a Hands-off Time: Co-ops, Labs, and Practicums
Colleges and universities everywhere are finding that, among the many challenges posed by the rapid move to online learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, some parts of the curricula are affected more profoundly than others. For instance, programs that feature co-ops and internships, lab and studio courses, and practicums face unique challenges during this time. Fortunately, students, faculty, corporations, and other educational partners are stepping up to meet the challenge with creativity and resilience.
Friday, May 22, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Supporting Student-Athletes in the COVID-19 Fallout
For graduating college athletes, spring is typically a special time when sports seasons end and their athletic efforts throughout college come to a ceremonious close. However, this year is different as the coronavirus outbreak continues to ravage communities and economies across the world. Student-athletes are, instead, left with an unsatisfying end to their athletic careers in one way or another and are attempting to find a resolution from the NCAA and their respective higher education institutions.
Thursday, May 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How Modeling Data Can Help University Decisions
Predictive models have played a key role in our fight against COVID-19, helping demonstrate how actions taken by individuals and organizations can affect outcomes. Teresa Waters, professor and chair of Department of Health Management and Policy at University of Kentucky's College of Public Health, answers our questions regarding predictive models, research practices in COVID-19 times, and moving forward. She shares her perspective as an active member of a working group formed by Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Soft Skills and Online Learning: Why Should We Care?
College students often gain as much between their classes as they do within them. That's not to say the classes aren't excellent, but simply that much of our learning occurs in ways we don't expect, such as through sidebar conversations, internships, and leadership roles in student organizations. Such experiences teach students soft skills, but what happens when higher education for millions of students is suddenly reduced to a virtual Zoom or Blackboard connection? How do students continue developing their interpersonal skills and building their social capital?
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Five Lessons from Hires Made Without a Campus Interview
The coronavirus pandemic has forced colleges and universities to hire remotely without conducting campus interviews, which means candidates are deciding to accept or decline an offer without ever setting foot on campus. Recent examples of successful remote matchmaking are Concord University hiring Edward Wright Huffstetler as provost and vice president for academic affairs, and SUNY Geneseo appointing Michael Taberski vice president for student and campus life. What five lessons can other candidates learn from these examples of remote hiring?
Monday, May 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Universities Are Freezing Tenure Clocks. What Will That Mean for Junior Faculty of Color?
More than 240 universities are offering junior faculty extensions on their tenure clocks to ease the pressure as the coronavirus upends their research and routines. But some faculty are concerned about whether extensions alone account for academia's disparities. Without other supports, they fear it could exacerbate them. Some even worry that programs like ethnic studies, African American studies, and Latinx studies may get cut.
Friday, May 15, 2020 6:00:00 AM

A Way to Make COVID-19 College Furloughs More Fair
In response to financial hardships caused by the coronavirus, many colleges and universities are distinguishing between two types of employees -- the essential and the nonessential. That means just some of an institution's workforce is facing reduced workloads and the stress that comes with corresponding reductions in pay. A moral philosopher who examines the dynamics around making difficult decisions argues that progressive furloughs are a morally better choice.
Thursday, May 14, 2020 6:00:00 AM

The Leadership Lesson that College Graduates Didn’t Ask For
These are undoubtedly strange times for everyone, but for college seniors whose graduation ceremonies have been canceled or postponed, the current situation is a tough pill to swallow. They are being deprived of the pinnacle moment of their undergraduate life. However, what if this change of plan is actually a great lesson in leadership? It's important for us in higher education to get this uplifting message across to our graduates during these anxious times.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Is Opportunity Knocking on Higher Education’s Door?
After several bad years, the coronavirus is just the latest in a series of blows to higher education's stability and stature. Before the virus, there was worry about the decline in the number of college-age students, the "Varsity Blues" scandal that led to a greater distrust in admissions processes, and criticism about the burden of student debt, just to name a few of the mounting pressures higher education is facing. Now one academic leader says these difficult times call for more collaborative work among institutions, rather than competition.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Leadership Positions in Higher Education: Who, Where, and How Much
The 2020 Professionals in Higher Education Annual Report from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources is now available. With more than 38 percent of the positions surveyed falling into the leadership category, this report offers valuable insight on who is leading in various professional areas across the academy, how pay compares for white males, women, and racial/ethnic minorities, and how representation differs across various areas.
Monday, May 11, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Lessons in Civility from COVID-19
Civility gets a bad rap at times, but if there was ever a time for civility, it is during our current crisis. In fact, a call for civility and civil conduct underpins what we are being asked to do to "flatten the curve." We wear masks to protect others, not ourselves. We are considerate of others and their needs, often and particularly when there is no benefit to ourselves. We are civil not because we expect anything in return but because it serves others and benefits society.
Friday, May 8, 2020 6:02:15 AM

Called to Serve: Spirituality and Religious Life on Campus
If you're thinking about a religious vocation on a college campus, there are many unique considerations to make. For example, do you prefer a campus ministry position, which is usually funded by a denomination and tends to focus on serving students of that denomination, or a college chaplaincy role, which is funded by the institution and tends to be responsible for working with all students on campus? Learn about this distinction and other questions to ask yourself before pursuing a religious vocation at a college or university.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

How to Become Indispensable by Thinking Like a Scientist
Amid this global pandemic, there's no question that higher education professionals fear a domino effect. If enrollment, state funding, grants, or endowments all begin to dwindle, that will cause hiring freezes, furloughs, additional burdens on the employed, and fewer opportunities for job seekers. However, instead of waiting for something to happen you, why not make something happen you? Think like a scientist, position yourself the right way, and you'll become indispensable.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Reflect on Your "Why": Using the Pandemic for Career Preparation
Once the COVID-19 pandemic is all over -- and even now, during it -- key leadership positions on campuses need to be filled. However, before you start your job search, spend some of your free time reflecting on what you really want out of your career and what you can do to get there. Here are a few tips for those who have the space and capacity during this pandemic to prepare for a future job search. Being cooped up at home may be just what you need to get started.
Monday, May 4, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How to Find Well-Being in Isolation
For years we’ve heard warnings that a pandemic could happen, but it seemed hard to imagine in the modern world. Now it’s here, and despite having our little pockets of safety, there’s little in this new reality that we can control. In a suffering world, in an ailing country, we’re the lucky ones if we have a job that we can enact from a safe space. Still, it’s hard to feel fortunate when people are suffering all around us, and that's ok. But our ancestors survived similar circumstances -- how do we find well-being as they did?
Friday, May 1, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Priorities, Questions, and Challenges of Teaching Online
The unexpected demands that many faculty are facing now are as novel as the virus that created them. For some faculty, it may be the first time that they’ve been asked to deliver their course remotely. For others, even including those with online teaching experience, the underlying stress of balancing competing demands in uncertain times can weigh on them. This month we talk to John Oppenheimer, an instructional designer/technologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who provides advice on how faculty can successfully navigate the transition.
Thursday, April 30, 2020 7:00:00 AM

What Will Your Employer Reputation Be Post-Coronavirus?
Once the threat of the coronavirus pandemic abates in the U.S., prospective employees are bound to pose questions motivated by the global pandemic, according to a report from Forrester Research. They'll want to know that you were looking out for your employees. How your institution answers these questions can help determine your post-coronavirus success in recruiting and retaining talent. HR professionals and corporate executives offer six tips on shaping your organization's response to the coronavirus question.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 5:00:00 AM

College Admission in the Age of Coronavirus
Spring is usually a time when college campuses across the country are bustling with visitors. Seniors in high school flock to the colleges to which they have been admitted hoping to get a glimpse of campuses before they choose one while juniors embark on college tours, trying to narrow down their lists before application season begins. But this April, campuses are ghost towns due to coronavirus precautions. Admissions professionals and college counselors comment on what college admission looks like in this era of social distancing.
Monday, April 27, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Why You Should Analyze Job Descriptions as Career Exploration
If you're doing some career exploration, you've come to the right place. Experts recommend reading lots of job descriptions to get a basic lay of the land, and HigherEdJobs has more than 48,000 job descriptions for you to read. While they may not be the most compelling prose, they can help you get a sense of the requisite skills and backgrounds for the job you want and help you recognize important patterns. They can also reveal preferred terminology related to your profession or discipline.
Friday, April 24, 2020 5:00:00 AM

“Mean Girls” in Higher Education
According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, over 60 million Americans are impacted by workplace abuse, and its 2017 data revealed that both men and women perpetrators disproportionately chose women as targets for bullying. In fact, women were targets in 66% of cases overall. Sadly, those who are targeted are often standout employees. Experts say that despite good intentions of supporting one another, we often self-protect, especially as women vie for limited spots in the academy.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 3:59:14 AM

Birthed by HBCU Students, This Organization Offers Important Lessons for Today’s Student Activists
April 15, 2020 marked 60 years since the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). It became one of the most important organizations to engage in grassroots organizing during the modern civil rights movement and radically transformed youth culture during the decade. Jelani Favors, an associate professor of history and author of a book on how historically black colleges and universities ushered in a new era of activism and leadership, discusses SNCC's legacy and what lessons it can offer today's activists.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Living Simultaneously in the Past, Present, and Future
At its foundation, successful leadership is an ongoing exercise in dealing with institutional stress and its consequences for the lives of those you are responsible for on a daily and annual basis. To do that, Middleton says that leaders must simultaneously live in the past, the present, and the future. They must learn as much of the institution's history as possible, deal with contemporary issues on campus, and have a vision for the future in order to help drive action in the present.
Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Gift of Goodbye: Saying Goodbye to Normal and Hello to Extraordinary
Inspired by a statement from President Sean Decatur of Kenyon College, Dr. Shai Butler is taking an optimistic approach to the pandemic's impact on higher education. She advises not to be so quick to take what existed before and attempt to recreate it for a post-pandemic world. This crossroads provides us a unique opportunity to consider what old ideas, pedagogies, instructional techniques, etc. have overstayed their welcome in our industry. And what can be part of our new normal?
Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Defining Social Justice Curriculum in Postsecondary Education
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States had profound effects on colleges and universities. The curriculum, in particular, was transformed in important ways, with the rise of ethnic studies during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Despite this important transformation in higher education, normative whiteness in colleges and universities has essentially remained intact. That's why Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is calling on all faculty across each institution to become social justice educators.
Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00:00 AM

‘Pressure Is Turning Way Up’: College Presidents Plan Layoffs, Budget Cuts Due to Coronavirus, Says Survey
A recent survey asked higher education leaders about their priorities amid campus shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It found that more than 72% of college presidents expect to lay off employees, almost 55% project across-the-board budget cuts, and almost 40% will likely cut research-and-development spending. These statistics are based on responses from 142 presidents from 77 private universities, 38 public ones, and 27 community colleges. The key findings reveal some differences depending on institution type.
Friday, April 17, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Examining the Pipeline for Leadership Positions in Higher Education
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) recently released its 2020 Administrators in Higher Education Annual Report, which confronts and evaluates the pipeline for leadership positions in higher education. Findings include what percentage of higher education presidents are women, what percentage are racial/ethnic minorities, common pathways to the presidency, salary differences, and more.
Thursday, April 16, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Six Ways to Use Your Time of Isolation to Help Your Career
Existing in quarantine is hard. You are trying to adjust to a totally different routine from a remote location, and that disruption can be stressful. However, keep in mind that the forced hiatus also offers a different vantage point from which to evaluate your fit and function. This break from your daily commutes and co-worker interactions can present an ideal opportunity to contemplate your current situation and think about how your future may look. Consider these tips as you contemplate.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:00:00 AM

SAT/ACT Scores: Predictors of Higher Education Outcomes
As many colleges and universities make standardized tests an optional part of the admissions process, it’s worth taking a fresh look at what exactly SAT and ACT scores predict about higher education outcomes. Most of the focus on SAT/ACT predictive capability centers on student performance. But what can SAT/ACT scores predict about colleges and universities as institutions? Pinizzotto examines the relationship between average SAT scores at state flagship universities and other data such as retention, graduate rates, and salaries.
Monday, April 13, 2020 1:00:00 PM

Five Must-Haves Before You Commit to Productivity
The disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic has prompted the self-help industry to produce more advice about productivity. While there's a lot of great advice out there about improving your stay-at-home productivity, you must first recognize how you approach it. Whether you're a higher education professional displaced from campus or a job seeker biding your time while the hiring process is delayed, here are tips to set you up for increased productivity before you return to producing your life's work.
Friday, April 10, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Considering the “Before, During, and After” in Crisis Management
Anticipating and managing crises has become a necessity in today's world, and organizations have quickly developed degree programs and institutional positions to meet this demand over the last few years. The COVID-19 pandemic serves as a reminder of the importance of having effective crisis management plans and considering the before, during, and after. Much like a crisis, these plans are ever-evolving documents and these five tips should be significant components of them.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 9:00:00 AM

5 Ways to Keep Human Connections When Moving Learning Online Due to Coronavirus
As we navigate the transition from in-person work and classes to online collaboration and learning, an educator reminds teachers, and other course or project leaders, to start from a place of empathy and compassion. Remembering our human capacities and prioritizing elements of interaction that make learning meaningful will help our society get through this crisis. Here are five ways to keep human connections and meaningful interactions in focus during the move online.
Monday, April 6, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Old Dog Learns New Tricks: From the Classroom to Remote Teaching
Like many faculty, Scott Cowen was both horrified and daunted when he was instructed to transition his teaching from the classroom to online due to the coronavirus pandemic. After 45 years in academia, as a faculty member, dean, and university president, he was leery of “remote teaching.” However, as a leader, he knew he must approach the crisis as an opportunity to learn and grow and identify the silver linings. Though it wasn't a painless transition, he says he's learned a number of "new tricks" for more effective teaching.
Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Leading While Learning: Five Keys for Leaders in Supporting Online Faculty
Over the past month, due to COVID-19, faculty have had to learn online teaching the hard way -- thrust into the situation with limited notice and little training. As recently as 2019, less than half of college faculty had taught an online class before. In these unprecedented circumstances, faculty need support and development to succeed. However, academic leaders are also adjusting to a new reality. Given that most have not had time or training to organize this transition in an ideal way, how can they best support faculty?
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:00:00 AM

What’s Happening to Job Searches During the Pandemic?
Throughout the past month, it's been well documented that the coronavirus pandemic is changing how colleges and universities operate. Converting courses to distance modalities and adapting services remotely have been popular topics, but what about conducting searches for the people to do the work? Justin Zackal talks with WittKieffer, an executive search firm, about if and how institutions are adapting their search processes and explores what the pandemic could mean for job searches.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:00:00 AM

COVID-19 Closures Could Hit Historically Black Colleges Particularly Hard
Three experts warn that without government intervention, HBCUs will have a difficult time bouncing back from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Why? They may not have the technical capacity to deliver quality online classes and their student population -- made up of many low-income students -- may not have reliable access to Wi-Fi and technology. Other concerns include their history of being underfunded, lack of rainy day funds, and somewhat troubling financial situations prior to the outbreak.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 5:00:00 AM

6 Tips for Writing Standout Teaching Statements
For faculty, preparing a teaching statement is often just as important as preparing your CV and can be a determining factor in whether you advance to subsequent interview rounds. This document anchors your candidacy package and gives you the opportunity to share your approach to being an educator, but how do you make your teaching statement stand out and showcase your unique approach to scholarship? Consider these tips as you prepare your statement.
Monday, March 30, 2020 5:00:00 AM

How to Use Cue Cards for Your Remote Interview
As nearly all higher education professionals adjust to working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, so too are candidates interviewing mostly by phone or video conference. Although these types of interviews have typically been part of the search process, they may now be a candidate's only chance to impress a hiring committee. While they present some challenges, they do allow you to use cue cards that you normally wouldn't be able to rely on for in-person interviews. Here's how to prepare your cards.
Friday, March 27, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Working From Home with Kids? How to Manage the Impossible
Devising clever strategies to get your work done while one kid is hanging on your arm and another is wailing in the next room is the new normal for many in the age of COVID-19. There will definitely be an adjustment period, and the new set-up may even cause friction between spouses and partners who are now both working from home. Experts who support working parents share their advice for those who are embarking on new work-at-home lives for the next few weeks.
Thursday, March 26, 2020 5:00:00 AM

2019-20 Trends in Faculty Hiring and Compensation
The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) recently released its 2020 Faculty in Higher Education Report. Based on data collected by rank and specific discipline, the report exposes inequalities in representation, pay, and promotion for women and minorities. It also details which faculty departments are experiencing the most hiring and salary growth and how trends vary based on demographics.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

For Students with Disabilities, a Mass Shift to Online Courses Comes with Deep Concerns
As colleges and universities hastily prepare to shift their courses online in response to the coronavirus, some students might welcome the chance to attend class at home in their pajamas. However, for students with disabilities, remote courses come with a host of new concerns and questions: Will they receive the classroom accommodations they usually have in person, such as extra time for tests or an American Sign Language interpreter? Will online course platforms be compatible with their screen-reader technology?
Monday, March 23, 2020 6:14:51 AM

Adjusting to Remote Learning: The Opportunities and Challenges
The severity of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing daily life for many Americans, including students, faculty, and staff at colleges and universities. In just a short time, it has created new circumstances and expectations for how we learn and engage in higher education. There has been a long-standing debate about whether technology improves or hinders learning, and this sudden shift for online learning will be a test for both students and faculty. There are both benefits and challenges presented by this transition to remote learning environments.
Friday, March 20, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Successfully Supporting Diverse Students at Community Colleges
In this month's Higher Ed Careers interview, Andrew Hibel talks with Dr. Edward F. Martinez, NASPA's National Community College Division Director and Dr. Magdalena H. de la Teja, past president of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) and founding president of ACC TACHE and TCC TACHE. They break down how community colleges can support diverse student populations and what it takes to be a student affairs professional at these institutions.
Friday, March 20, 2020 5:51:48 AM

The Path to Success for Liberal Arts Colleges and Programs
Part two of this series about the value of a liberal arts education and incorporating that messaging into your marketing materials takes a look at a case study from Wheaton College in Illinois. Part one examined the liberal arts in general, while part two of the series examines how Wheaton College is teaching students to market their liberal arts degrees and provides insight from other experts about how a struggling college can build a case for itself among prospective students.
Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Top 5 Things to Do on HigherEdJobs in This Era of Social Distancing
Amid the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing calls for social distancing, you may find yourself with more spare time on your hands than you are accustomed to. While it’s true that you could be reading a book, knitting, or engaging in the ever-popular binge-watching of Netflix, you could also use this time to get ahead in your career. What can you do on HigherEdJobs during this isolation period? Here’s what we recommend.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The Benefits of Employee Development: Making Your Campus a Great Place to Work
Career development may start with workshops and onboarding, but it certainly shouldn't end there. A lot goes into development and making your school a workplace that employees will want to continue to invest in throughout their careers. Brian Buford, the director of employee development and success at the University of Louisville, shares how the school is engaging faculty, staff, and administrators from their first day all the way to retirement.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:26:34 AM

Now Your Team Is Virtual. What’s Next?
Now that your college or university has transitioned to online and remote work due to coronavirus, how do you effectively manage your team? Gary A. DePaul, a seasoned leader with experience in managing virtual teams, shares some guidance on key management practices. He breaks down the process step-by-step and provides links to additional resources. He offers guidance on communicating with your team and how to manage and monitor work.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 5:07:40 AM

Coronavirus Update: Social Distancing on Campus
The Coronavirus has made a gripping blow on the world economy, and on March 11th, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared coronavirus, also known COVID-19, to be a pandemic. Politicians, government agencies, and public health officials alike are acting to contain the spread of the virus, and that impact has now been felt in the higher education sector. Many institutions have moved instruction online, notified students they must vacate residence halls, and called home study abroad students.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Leading in Uncertain and Unnerving Times
Leadership development seminars frequently include a unit on how to lead in a period of crisis because emergency situations such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, student deaths, and even active shooters affect some institutions each year. Now, pandemic preparation must be added to that list. Though many leaders don't have experience dealing with a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, thankfully we are seeing effective leadership and communication at work coast to coast to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe.
Monday, March 16, 2020 6:00:00 AM

Employees Need Patience, Understanding, and Time to Correct Behavior
When conveying bad news to employees, such as negative information about their performance or behavior, leaders must avoid situations that, in effect, ambush their employees. Don't expect immediate and automatic behavior change afterward. Since resistance is a natural reaction to negative feedback, you must afford patience, understanding, and time, along with a good measure of grace, to support employees through the challenging and often arduous process of change.
Monday, March 16, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Does Higher Education Have a Productivity Problem?
Does higher education have a case of Baumol's cost disease? This concept claims that jobs will demand salary increases whether or not they demonstrate increases in productivity. While higher education may not have a bad case of it, its skyrocketing cost is an important public policy and political issue. In discussions about controlling the cost of a college degree, increasing the productivity of educational institutions is usually not mentioned, but it's something higher ed leaders should explore.
Monday, March 16, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Why Public Universities Are Chasing Rich Kids from Out of State
Colleges often seek to boost student diversity, build a strong academic class, and bring in more tuition money. A former enrollment manager says it can be difficult to achieve all three goals because they are contradictory. Without more government funding to provide increased access to low-income students, he says public universities are likely to continue to aggressively recruit wealthier students in nearby states. As a solution, he recommends institutions prioritize need-based aid over merit aid.
Friday, March 13, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Minority-Serving Institutions and the Promise of Equity
As institutions look to address issues of educational equity, many look to the best practices of minority-serving institutions (MSIs), where enrollment of historically underrepresented populations is increasing. These colleges and universities are also seeing positive growth in educational attainment, retention, and graduation rates. However, they are not without challenges. To persist and thrive, they must be given proper resources and recognition at the state and federal levels of government.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Five Steps for Better Networking
Networking is often the short answer given to careerists who are longing for new opportunities, but experts caution that the process takes time. The results aren't instantaneous. However, if cultivated properly, relationships can provide a return that someday could become a job offer. With many professional development conferences taking place this spring, consider these steps you can take to develop a networking mindset and then take action.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Preparing for the Coronavirus on Campus
Within the span of a month, the relatively unknown coronavirus has throttled the global economy and tested the public health and safety of millions of individuals. The disease caused by the virus, now classified by scientists as COVID-19, has some institutions and organizations approaching their public health strategy and dissemination of information differently. This article provides key priorities and measures that can be utilized by staff and faculty to keep students safe, healthy, and informed.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Why Colleges Should Think Twice Before Punishing Student Protesters
As a student protest continues at Syracuse University, a scholar argues that student activism is a valuable part of the college experience. She says that through activism, students learn not only to recognize and confront what they see as an unjust state of affairs, but to identify the root causes of a problem and develop solutions. College leaders and the broader society must ask, then, is if punishing student protesters -- as what initially took place at Syracuse -- is the right course of action.
Monday, March 9, 2020 5:00:00 AM

The Path to Success for Liberal Arts Colleges and Programs
In recent years, the public has grown increasingly skeptical about the value of a liberal arts education. Although there's plenty of evidence to justify investing in a liberal arts education, struggling colleges need a clear plan of action in order to put this information to use. Part one of this series about the path to success for these colleges takes an in-depth look at the case for the liberal arts. Several experts weigh in on the benefits for students.
Friday, March 6, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Redefining the Traditional College Student
The connotations associated with the term "college student" have changed greatly over the years. Historically, the term was used to denote wealthy white males. Today, thanks to progress that has increased the enrollment of underrepresented groups in U.S. colleges and universities, the term attempts to encompass the many diverse individuals pursuing higher education. As such, institutions must adjust their practices to ensure they're meeting the needs of all the students they serve.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Can You See This Mistake on Your Cover Letter?
Some applicants make the mistake of simply going through the motions with their cover letter, following a formula and letting their resume or CV do the talking. Don’t overlook your cover letter as an opportunity to give employers a taste of what you have to offer, but be sure to follow best practices when writing it. These tips from John Rindy, director of career education and development at Slippery Rock University, can help you write a cover letter with a deliberate, succinct message.
Friday, February 28, 2020 7:42:02 AM

‘OK Boomer’ and ‘Lazy Millennial’ Shouldn’t Be Ignored
Experts warn employers to make it clear that generational jabs of any kind -- whether it's 'OK Boomer' or 'Lazy Millennial' -- will not be tolerated in the workplace. Though an employee may claim it was just a joke, the recipient of the comment may not feel that way. Instances like these can result in hostile environments and, ultimately, age-discrimination cases. As the number of people age 55 and up in the workplace continues to grow, it's important to be proactive.
Friday, February 28, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Federal Pell Grants Help Pay for College – but Are They Enough to Help Students Finish?
New research shows that low-income students who qualify for the federal Pell Grant tend to go to non-selective colleges -- and why that hurts their chances of graduation. While a lot of attention has focused on increasing enrollment of Pell recipients in the nation's most selective institutions, the scholars behind this study say those efforts are not enough. More must also be done to improve graduation rates at the open-access and less-selective colleges.
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Embracing the Digital Evolution of Higher Education
Technology was once an innovative and complex addition to our lives, but it is now an essential function of society. As it evolved throughout the late 1900s, the higher education industry saw the potential it could contribute to their work. Although they weren't the first nor the quickest to integrate technology, it now is an essential part of classrooms, curriculum, and physical spaces. Get a closer look at this evolution and examine the benefits and downsides of it.
Monday, February 24, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Book Review: “The New American College Town”
"The New American College Town: Designing Effective Campus and Community Partnerships" by James Martin and James E. Samels & Associates was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2019. Bialkowski provides an in-depth look at the book and comments on both its strengths and its shortcomings. Ultimately, he says it's a worthwhile read for anyone with a part to play in building or sustaining a relationship between a college and the town in which it resides.
Friday, February 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Crash Course for Writing Your Resume or CV
Whether you’re writing a resume or CV from scratch, starting a job search in higher education, or revamping your application materials, you need a basic framework to get started. This crash course is a must-read for all job seekers, as well as those looking to refresh their application materials. Get a quick refresher on the terminology, followed by the best practices relating to layout and fonts in your resume/CV, sections, chronology, length, wording, and even saving your documents.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Beyond the Ivory Tower: How to Build Community
Higher education’s tripartite mission -- research, teaching, and service -- is universally accepted but still means different things to different institutions. Ideally speaking, school's research and teaching are meant to benefit the public. Unfortunately, schools do not always make engaging with the public and meeting community needs a priority. However, they have tremendous potential and an obligation to be a positive force for all in the communities that surround them.
Monday, February 17, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Attending Annual Professional Meetings as a Career Development Strategy
No matter how long we have been in higher education, there is always something new and interesting to learn, and that's one of the most important reasons to attend annual professional meetings and conferences -- even as a leader. Regular attendance provides an opportunity to learn new strategies for improvement, to address multiple issues over time, and to build a network of colleagues who can serve as sounding boards and support your career development.
Monday, February 17, 2020 3:00:00 AM

A College President’s Advice to College Students of the Future: Don’t Borrow
West Texas A&M University President Walter Wendler set out to visit high school students throughout the Texas Panhandle and the South Plains with a simple message about student loans: Pay as you go, and if you can't do that, don't borrow more than 60% of your anticipated starting salary of the first job. Wendler recognizes university leadership's role in warning students about the dangers of borrowing too much for a college education and hopes to encourage more informed borrowing.
Friday, February 14, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Positioning Yourself for Your Next Job in Academia
Positioning is an important part of creating a path to upward career mobility in higher education. If your goal is to advance, it’s important to have a plan that will help position you for success. After twenty-three years in higher education, Dr. Shai L. Butler is sharing three truths she has learned from her mentors, mentees, and her own experiences with search committees. These pieces of advice can help you play a winning hand and land the job.
Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Challenges Facing Higher Education and How to Meet Them
Colleges and universities are facing numerous challenges in this day and age. Among them are high cost and student debt, the uneven quality of undergraduate teaching, the rise of online competition, and speech controversies that underlie complaints about political correctness on campus. In this final blog post, Brint describes the solutions he proposes to the two most important challenges: affordability and teaching quality.
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Aligning Academic and Civic Strategy in The New American College Town
The notion of a college town may conjure a quaint picture, but the relationships between institutions and the communities in which they are situated are dynamic. They require diligent, strategic tending. Recently published, “The New American College Town” by James Martin and James E. Samels & Associates offers background, insights, and advice about navigating these relationships. Get an inside look at some of the topics covered in the book.
Monday, February 10, 2020 3:00:00 AM

What’s Changed and What’s Next for Job Seekers
As we enter a new decade, it is a good time to look back on what's changed for job seekers since 2010 and what changes they can expect by 2030. Among the most important changes is the way that people search for jobs, especially with Google for Jobs, which was launched in 2017. Experts predict employers will continue to integrate technology into their recruiting and hiring processes and suggest Generation Z will enter the workforce with different priorities.
Friday, February 7, 2020 1:00:01 PM

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Do Something!
Known for his advice on conflict management and difficult job situations, Daniel B. Griffith is occasionally met with skepticism. He acknowledges that leaving a bad job isn’t realistic in some situations and many face significant challenges doing so. However, he wonders if some individuals find themselves stuck asking “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” without taking meaningful steps to answer this question. If you find yourself in such a hopeless question loop, consider these suggestions.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 7:00:00 AM

4 Reasons to Turn Down the Job Offer
Deciding to leave your current position and take a new job is not something to take lightly. While it’s flattering to be offered a position, and it’s always tough to turn down an employment offer, there are some good reasons to do so. Rather than accepting a job on the spot, be sure to pause and reflect on whether the job is truly a good fit and aligns with your long-term career goals. Consider these four perfectly acceptable reasons for rejecting the offer.
Monday, February 3, 2020 3:06:16 AM

Division or Pluralism? Centering Faith and Spirituality in Diversity Efforts on College Campuses
By centering faith and spirituality in diversity efforts, some institutions are reframing faith and spirituality as potential points of connection rather than catalysts for division. Religion is not absolved from division, but from the evidence of organizations like the Interfaith Youth Core and interfaith organizations on various college campuses, it can also serve as an opportunity for interfaith dialogue and for building understanding.
Friday, January 31, 2020 7:03:28 AM

How Colleges Are Making Work-Study Programs More Equitable
According to U.S. government data, more than 80% of part-time students and over 40% of full-time students work to pay for college. While work-study programs are a popular option, they often involve little professional development to help students prepare for careers. Unpaid internships frequently do, but they don’t pay the bills. Fortunately, several colleges and universities are re-tooling work-study programs to make on-campus employment a path to post-graduation jobs.
Friday, January 31, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Distorting and Falsifying Data: How Trustees Can Prevent It
As recent news articles have revealed, some colleges and universities have been found to falsify admissions, academic, and financial data. The offenses include incorrectly reporting their graduation rates, over-stating the average financial aid awarded, and inflating data on research grant funding, among others. The Board of Trustees can help prevent such falsifications if given proper orientation, training, and access to reading materials and conference attendance throughout their terms.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:00:00 AM

How Can Upper and Middle Managers Get Their Message Across?
No one likes muddled messages in the workplace, but as the pace of our work environments increases, communication can suffer. So, how can you make sure that upper and middle managers convey clear messages from level to level? Experts recommend focusing on relationship building, making time for face-to-face conversations each week, and integrating technology to keep lines of communication open.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 3:00:00 AM

African Americans Take On More Debt for Grad School -- but the Payoff Is Also Bigger
African Americans take on over 50% more debt than white students when seeking graduate and professional degrees, according to a study released in January 2020 in the journal Sociology of Education. Researchers found that, on the upside, African Americans see a bigger payoff to earning such degrees, getting bigger pay increases than their white peers. However, the payoff may not make up for the additional debt burden. In fact, taking on large amounts of debt may perpetuate racial inequalities across generations.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 3:00:00 AM

In 2020, Higher Education Is on the Ballot
The top Democratic presidential candidates all place a high priority on higher education. All agree that costs are too high and accessibility is too low, but beyond that, nuances abound in how they plan to support higher education. Pinizzotto provides a snapshot of each candidate's view on four major higher education topics, including tuition, loans, Pell grants, and institutions serving students of color. See how the plans of Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren differ.
Monday, January 27, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Stop Ambushing Employees with Bad News
No one likes to receive bad news regarding their employment, but it is even more troubling when it is delivered in a matter-of-fact, blunt, or insensitive fashion. Delivering bad news requires finesse, tact, and sensitivity. Without this, a leader can end up bulldozing through the conversation, leaving the employee feeling ambushed. In this article, Griffith provides some examples of such conversations and outlines how to improve their approaches to avoid an ambush.
Monday, January 27, 2020 3:00:00 AM

Best Practices in Supporting Student Veterans
LeNaya Hezel is the director of the Veterans Office at Georgetown University, where she helps military-connected students access and thrive in higher education. In this month's Higher Ed Careers interview, Hezel and Andrew Hibel discuss how attributes of the military-connected community translate to higher education, how schools can make sure they are inclusive of veterans and service members, and what faculty and staff need to know to effectively serve military-connected students.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Advice for Aspiring Leaders of Color: Seven Insights from Black Provosts at Predominantly White Institutions
As the workforce of colleges and universities continues to diversify, more faculty and administrators of color are earning higher-level roles. However, attaining the most senior positions remains challenging for historically underrepresented faculty and staff. After studying the careers and personal backgrounds of current and former Black provosts at Predominantly White Institutions, Thacker and Freeman have identified seven insights to help aspiring faculty and administrators of color prepare for future leadership roles.
Monday, January 20, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Make Meetings Matter: Increasing the Efficacy of Academic Meetings
"With so many meetings taking place in colleges and universities, why are the outcomes for our students toward graduation increasingly small in comparison to the large number of meetings held daily, weekly, monthly, and annually [often with unmeasurable outcomes]?," asks one seasoned higher ed professional. In an effort to increase outcomes in student enrollment, retention, and graduation rates, she shares critical questions to ask yourself before scheduling or keeping up re-occurring meetings.
Monday, January 13, 2020 4:00:00 AM

The Mental Health Crisis on Campus and How Colleges Can Fix It
In order to lessen the strain on campus counseling centers, colleges must take a more preventive and 'population' approach to mental health, an expert argues. These efforts can range from creating more shared spaces to increase social connections to stave off feelings of isolation, to reducing things on campus that threaten student well-being. This approach will ultimately improve health and well-being across campus and free up counseling centers to treat the students most in need.
Friday, January 10, 2020 2:00:00 AM

Overcoming Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Higher Education
Higher education professionals, much like health care professionals, are empathic and get satisfaction from helping others. However, empathizing too much can lead to burnout, or another type of chronic stress called "compassion fatigue,” which results in mental or physical exhaustion, caused by exposure to other people’s trauma. An assistant professor of counseling and development shares some insight on how to avoid burnout and compassion fatigue.
Thursday, January 9, 2020 1:38:20 AM

HigherEdJobs’ Top Nine Articles of 2019
In addition to posting thousands of higher education job openings each year, HigherEdJobs publishes hundreds of articles to help people advance in their careers. Our 2019 articles -- written by university leaders, faculty members, HR experts, and award-winning authors and researchers -- have explored the changing demographics and values of college students; career transitions and overcoming obstacles; job search and interviewing techniques; and characteristics of good leaders. Here's a look at our top nine articles.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 3:14:27 AM

Challenges for International Students: Trends in Enrollment, Retention, and Policy
Since the 1950s, enrollment of international students has been on the rise and these students have made significant contributions to U.S. colleges and universities. However, as the political climate has shifted among countries that once welcomed international students with open arms, enrollment is in decline. Campus administrators and professionals must help international students overcome the challenges of visa status and address the impact that decreased enrollment has had on student diversity and talent acquisition.
Monday, January 6, 2020 3:00:00 AM

What Matters More than ‘Cultural Fit’
Cultural fit is something we often hear in higher education. Lack of fit is often one of the reasons cited for why job finalists aren't selected and why new hires fail. However, experts say that the concept has become a new form of discrimination and recommend focusing on employees' cultural contributions instead. You can start by asking five questions that will lead to positive change, according to Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist.
Friday, January 3, 2020 6:00:00 AM

What to Do When a Job Candidate's Social Media Triggers Red Flags
Should you Google your candidates and peruse their social media pages? The jury is still out on whether that is a good idea or it's too fraught with bias concerns and legal liability. However, employment attorney Eric Meyer shares best practices and examples. He cautions against taking a chance on a candidate who has engaged in discriminatory behavior online, but also reminds us that in some states people can't be retaliated against for political speech and advises "having a little compassion."
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 2:01:55 AM

Taking Initiative: Professional Development Tools for Women in Higher Education
Women make up a significant portion of higher education overall. However, in comparison, fewer women are represented in leadership and senior administrative roles. Providing women with tools for articulating their value and identifying career goals are just a couple ways the Women's Initiative for Professional Development at University of California is responding to the needs of women in higher education. In this interview, Teresa Barton details her experience with the program and provides advice for others seeking to implement similar initiatives.
Friday, December 20, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The Motherhood Equation in Higher Education: Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities
Colleges and universities must "break their addiction to the relentless pursuit of dwindling numbers of eighteen-year-olds," says Dr. Shai L. Butler. Instead, she believes that institutions must turn their focus to new and emerging student markets -- mothers in particular. Investing in supportive family services to help these students succeed is one of the untapped methods through which colleges can simultaneously increase student retention and build the morale of a segment of employees.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Who Are We? Why an Institution's Mission and Identity Matter
Is your institution’s mission statement generic and hard to distinguish from that of other colleges and universities? Many institutions fear that narrow or more concrete mission statements might alienate one or more stakeholders. However, a strong mission statement that draws in students must set the school apart and show its distinctive identity. If your mission statement isn’t distinct, it may be time to reconsider your school’s unique values, what drives it, and what it is striving toward.
Monday, December 16, 2019 3:00:00 AM

What to Do with Abrasive, Toxic, or Misbehaving Employees
Just as parents must take responsibility for their children and correct their misbehavior, leaders must also be accountable for correcting employees who demonstrate abrasive, toxic, uncivil, and other unprofessional behaviors. Employees like this are unlikely to correct their behavior on their own, and other employees will begin to wonder where their leaders have gone when negative behaviors persist, fester, and adversely impact others and the work environment without correction.
Monday, December 16, 2019 3:00:00 AM

How to Get Through the Holidays When You’re Between Jobs
Being unemployed doesn't just affect your wallet. It can also be mentally and emotionally taxing, and make it challenging to get in the holiday spirit and participate in the traditional social gatherings around this time of year. However, this time does present an opportunity to receive emotional support from your friends and family and to network and shape your next chapter. So, put on that holiday sweater and consider the following tips to help fuel your reinvention.
Friday, December 13, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Did You See These? HigherEdJobs’ Top Articles in November
Did you miss any articles in November? In case you did, here’s a look at our must-read articles from the month. From work group dynamics to tips on successful leadership to dealing with a job loss, there is so much valuable insight to gain.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 2:00:00 AM

How to Start a Simple Contemplative Routine
Just as colleges and universities conduct periodic assessments, the people who work at these institutions should also manage their careers with intentional practices of evaluation. It's important to make time to reflect on your day, week, or semester and capture your thoughts. These check-ins don't have to take up a lot of time, but they ultimately help you prepare for your next job interview, performance review, or department meeting and keep you motivated. So, where do you start?
Monday, December 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

New College Scorecard Could Help Students Choose Better Colleges, but There’s Still Room to Improve It
The U.S. Department of Education has released a new version of its College Scorecard -- an online tool meant to help students and families make more informed decisions about where to attend college. An economist who examines how college choice can impact how much money you make in the future sees a lot of value in the new version but also notes some limitations and areas for improvement. Here are five things he says you should know about the new College Scorecard.
Friday, December 6, 2019 3:00:00 AM

College for All
We now often hear about a looming “enrollment crisis” in higher education. While there are undoubtedly areas that are losing population and colleges, author Steven Brint says that, taking the long view, the value of the college degree seems indisputable. With issues such as degree completion, inequality in access to higher education, and student loan debt, many are endorsing "free college." However, Brint argues that it is not the answer.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 3:00:00 AM

CEOs On Supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Higher Education
In part two of her series on the growing emphasis of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices in higher education institutions, Emily Williams talks with Gwendolyn VanSant of BRIDGE and John Bissell of Greylock Federal Credit Union. Both CEOs are award-winning regional and national leaders in DEI work and share how they've collaborated with the higher education industry and their thoughts on the evolving DEI work across sectors.
Monday, December 2, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Why Everyone Should Master Managing Up and Across
There are many skills and competencies that contribute to your success in a job, but perhaps the most critical one to master is managing up -- and across. Can you influence others over whom you have no authority? Do you get projects done despite any roadblocks along the way? That's what managing up and across is all about. These skills are critical in today's workplace, especially in higher education, where a lot of the work requires the assistance or cooperation of people in other departments.
Friday, November 29, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Psychology Faculty: Representation, Salary, and Growth Trends
A new report from College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Research compares psychology faculty to all faculty in higher education and investigates the salary, pay equity, minority representation, and growth of non-tenure-track faculty in psychology. Findings include that psychology has few non-tenure-track faculty in comparison to all higher education disciplines and women are represented better comparatively. Learn about the other findings.
Thursday, November 28, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Best Practices for Building Relationships with the People You Don’t Hire
Do you always notify candidates who didn't get the job? Do you establish ongoing connections with them? Experts say that these actions are what separate the good talent managers from the great ones. They provide some protection against negative reviews from candidates and ensure your company maintains a positive relationship with prospective hires. Remember, a job candidate you don't hire today may still be a viable -- or even a top -- candidate tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 3:00:00 AM

How Higher Ed Can Deal with Ethical Questions Over Its Disgraced Donors
Private donors are giving institutions record amounts of money, but risk often comes with those gifts. For example, the willingness of Stanford, Harvard, and MIT to take money from disgraced financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has caused upheaval on those campuses. How can colleges deal with these disgraced donors, and can they prevent such future disasters by updating their gift policies? A scholar who has studied the ethical questions school leaders face regarding donations weighs in.
Friday, November 22, 2019 3:00:00 AM

The Future Is Served: The Evolution of Campus Dining
Harvard University was the first institution to have a dining hall and now nearly every institution has a dining hall. However, the elaborate facilities we see on campuses today are a far cry from the dining halls of yesteryear. Once sterile, lackluster cafeterias with few options and little originality, today's counterparts are doing more to serve healthy food, promote sustainability, and meet diverse food preferences -- but campus dining isn't without its challenges.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Managing Your First Promotion
Middleton says that, ironically, the skills you develop in your successful career, especially early on when you are just getting started, actually turn out to be irrelevant or even dysfunctional as you move up in the hierarchy. As you advance in your higher ed career, you focus more on leading and less on “doing.” When applying for that first, entry-level leadership position, remember that there will be many skills for you to learn -- including ones that you didn't know would be part of your position.
Monday, November 18, 2019 3:00:00 AM

In Academic Medicine, Chair Roles Are Changing -- as Are Recruitment Packages
While many academic medicine departments still operate in a “feudal” nature -- that is, chairs act independently and run their departments essentially as isolated small businesses -- the dynamics are shifting. Today's medical schools face tremendous pressures related to cost, accreditation, and federal funding for research. Schools are looking for new ways to support departments and new kinds of chairs to lead them.
Friday, November 15, 2019 3:00:00 AM

What It Takes to Be an Administrative Leader in the Academy
What does it take to be a successful academic administrator? Colleges and universities are complex workplaces and serving as a leader can be rewarding, challenging, frustrating, stimulating, and complicated. So, how do you move beyond keeping your head above water and start leading in a way that empowers others and benefits the institution as a whole? Scott Cowen, author of "Winnebagos on Wednesdays," and Heide Winston share what they consider the five essential leadership qualities.
Thursday, November 14, 2019 3:00:00 AM

What to Do When You Find Yourself in the Out-Group
While many leaders endeavor to create inclusive cultures, others remain unaware, uncaring or, in the worst case, committed (consciously or subconsciously) to fostering in-group and out-group distinctions. What do you do if you believe you've been relegated to out-group status in your job and organization? Daniel B. Griffith shares tips for assessing, then confirming or rejecting the idea that you are in an out-group and what to do if your concern is legitimate.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Using Technology to Make College More Accessible for Veterans
These days, both public and private colleges and universities are actively working to provide incentives to active-duty military and veterans to enroll at their institutions. The initiatives vary, but they all seek to provide academic and support services exclusively for this demographic, such as daycare and child services, student programming, and online courses. Now, the College Board's CLEP search program is giving schools more tools to reach this population.
Monday, November 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Community Colleges Open the Door to Selective Universities
While selective universities may be elusive for many students, going to a community college first can represent an alternative way to get in, new research has found. Students who transferred from a community college were 24% more likely to attend a selective university than students with similar background characteristics who began at a four-year institution. While there are many benefits of starting at a community college, experts also acknowledge that it can cause some setbacks.
Friday, November 8, 2019 3:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Can I Get Students to Address Me as “Dr.” Rather Than “Mrs.”?
In this edition of Dr. Shai L. Butler's Ask the Expert series, she hears from a professor whose first-year students regularly call her “Mrs.” even though she always states on her emails and syllabi that she's “Dr.” Having experienced the same issue, Butler shares a few ideas that have worked for her. They include an activity to share preferred names and gender pronouns, a non-confrontational email to remind repeat offenders, and a back-up plan if those methods don't work.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:00:00 AM

How to Deal with an Unexpected Job Loss
Unexpectedly losing your job is both a shock and a loss. Where do you start picking up the pieces? How do you muster up the confidence it takes to get yourself together and start a job search? Experts recommend taking the news in stages. Give yourself time to mourn the loss of your job and reflect on its meaning before tackling the search for a new one. Once you do that, you can start to reclaim your confidence, reach out to your network, rebuild, and launch a job search.
Monday, November 4, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Can Student Outcome Data Make College Selection More Transparent?
Strengthening educational access for minorities, women, and veterans are key initiatives behind the College Transparency Act of 2019 of which Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi is a strong supporter. In this month's interview, Andrew Hibel and Representative Krishnamoorthi discuss his passion for increasing accessibility and for colleges and universities to be more accountable, and his work to build a bipartisan coalition of support for higher education.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 11:00:00 AM

State Cuts to Higher Education Funding Shift the Burden to Students
State disinvestment in higher education is creating higher costs for students and their families, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Public Policy Priorities. These rising prices aren’t new, though. They've been increasing since the 1980s. However, it's coming at a time when public institutions are enrolling more students of color, and the high tuition prices are making a college education unattainable for many low-income students and students of color.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 8:00:00 AM

How to Recruit Amidst Bad PR
Colleges and universities work hard to protect their brands, not just so they can recruit students, but also so they can attract and hire top talent. So, what happens when an institution is suddenly in the news for not-so-good reasons, such as sexual harassment or an admissions scandal? Experts comment on how to handle recruitment while weathering these storms, whether it's necessary to put hiring on hold, and how to address the negative publicity with candidates if necessary.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 6:00:00 AM

One Thing to Rehearse Before a Job Interview
We all know that preparing for a job interview is important, but what exactly should we rehearse or practice? Rob Jolles, a professional influence trainer, emphasizes the importance of telling a story. In particular, it's not about shoehorning parts of your resume or CV into a story arc, but about strong openings, avoiding written scripts, and the ability to transition from one part of the story to another. As a job candidate, you can use your responses to interviewers' questions as segues to your key messages.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Inclusivity, Transparency, and Respect
During the reaffirmation of accreditation process, it's important to have early and deep involvement at all stakeholder levels, as well as inclusivity, transparency, and respect for all stakeholders. This investment is what makes it possible for an institution to evolve in the arenas of successful teaching, learning, service, related research and scholarship, and fiscal accountability. Take a closer look at the essential players in this accreditation process and self-study report.
Monday, October 28, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The Decline of Academic Innovationism in the U.S.
In “Two Cheers for Higher Education,” Steven Brint discusses the rise of “academic innovationism" in the 1980-2015 period -- that is, the efforts by government, corporations, and universities themselves to expand the role of higher education in the discovery and commercialization of new science-based technologies. This flurry of activity had measurable results, but Brint says that partisan bickering has stalled further commitments to academic innovationism.
Friday, October 25, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Navigating the Work Group-Text
Group-texts in the workplace are becoming a primary mode of communication these days, but navigating them can be blurry, like deciphering when to text back, what to send, what not to send, and when to silence the group-texts. An executive career coach who specializes in work-life balance and leadership development shares suggestions for navigating these group-texts, the most important of which is setting expectations and boundaries for your office.
Friday, October 18, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How Can I Transfer My Career Experience into Higher Ed Leadership?
In this edition of Dr. Shai L. Butler's Ask the Expert series, she shares advice for those who want to transfer their career experience into higher education leadership. She suggests there are many transferrable skills and experiences that are needed in higher education during this time of industry disruption. Her recommendations include positioning yourself as a bridge between higher education and external target audiences and starting as a consultant to build relationships.
Monday, October 14, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Higher Education Leads the Way for Climate Change Action
The urgency of the global climate has become front and center in recent news. After the recent UN Climate Summit, politicians are assessing how they will circumvent the worsening conditions, and the higher education industry is not exempt from these conversations. In fact, the industry has been a leader in U.S. environmental efforts and, according to experts, colleges and universities have created some of the most ambitious climate action plans in the country.
Friday, October 11, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Harvard Can Use Race as an Admissions Factor, at Least for Now
The ruling in the Harvard affirmative action case rejected claims that the school discriminated against Asian Americans to admit more black and Hispanic students and determined that colleges can use race in their admission decisions. An expert on affirmative action in university admissions reacts to the ruling and offers insights into whether the case will be appealed and how long before race won't be needed.
Thursday, October 10, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Admissions: Standing Out While Playing by the Rules
Today, the nation's most selective colleges admit less than 10 percent of applicants, news stories make it seem like the odds are stacked against applicants, and it is increasingly difficult to distinguish them from one another. It is no wonder students and their families are disillusioned and bewildered. An admissions professional says while many of these statistics and stories seem mind-boggling, they don't paint an accurate picture of the admission landscape in its entirety.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Want to Be an Authentic Leader? Be an Authentic Communicator
Authentic leadership requires authentic communication, whether speaking before large groups, making presentations, conducting meetings, or engaging in one-on-one conversations with peers, direct reports, superiors, or the constituents and publics you serve. This communication is critical for effective leadership and building mutual trust and respect. Keep these four concepts in mind as you work toward becoming the authentic leader you aspire to be.
Monday, October 7, 2019 5:00:02 AM

Counting on Leaders to Take Care of Themselves
Leaders take care of their people, but who looks after the leader? They must make getting rest, eating right, and staying fit priorities and train their colleagues to step up when needed. An effective leader must spend sufficient time caring for themselves as much as they do caring for others, because there are a lot of people’s livelihoods, promotional opportunities, careers, morale, and much more, riding on their good health. They cannot just 'power-through.'
Monday, October 7, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The Case for Generalists Working in Higher Education
There's a popular belief that being an expert in a specific area leads to career success. However, generalists -- that is those who have a breadth of knowledge that is transferrable across various areas -- are becoming more valuable. Especially for small colleges, it's important to have both faculty and administrative staff who are flexible and can fill gaps and adjust roles when there is turnover. Generalists also excel at collaboration and can be instrumental in solving higher education's most complex problems.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The Evolution of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Positions in Higher Education Institutions
In this interview, Gwendolyn VanSant, CEO and Director of Multicultural BRIDGE, and Emily Allen Williams discuss the growing emphasis on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in higher education institutions. They talk about the reasons behind this rising need -- including the millennial generation’s demand that colleges and universities wake up and be accountable to the values this country promotes – and how DEI professionals can improve their work.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Hunger Has No Boundaries: Campus Food Insecurity
College students who are food insecure are at greater risk for stress, anxiety, and depression and often can’t afford other essentials for their academic success, like textbooks and the internet. In this interview, Dr. Marsha Spence and Dr. Betsy Anderson Steeves -- both professors in Public Health Nutrition -- discuss the implications of food insecurity on campuses. They also share what their institution is doing to address it and how this work in higher education can help vulnerable populations and communities as a whole.
Monday, September 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

6 Ways to Boost Employee Concentration
HR professionals and managers across the nation struggle with how to get employees to concentrate on work. While multi-tasking was once touted as a best practice in our fast-paced economy, research now shows that it can greatly reduce productivity. Being focused on a task, or in a "deep work" state of mind, is much more efficient. So, how do you create such an environment that will improve productivity and increase overall employee well-being? Here are six tips.
Monday, September 30, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Pitfalls and Tips for Internal Candidates
Not sure how to conduct yourself as an internal candidate? It's not surprising considering that the ways in which colleges and universities handle internal candidates vying for different positions vary widely. Many do not give an advantage to internal candidates, pitting them against competition from throughout the nation. As a result, current employees are often unsure about how to approach applying and interviewing. Three tips for success include taking the interview seriously, stating the obvious, and staying in character.
Friday, September 27, 2019 5:00:00 AM

What If College Athletes Got Paid? 3 Questions Answered
The California state legislature recently approved a bill that would allow college athletes to earn money through athletic endorsements starting in 2023. The governor hasn't said yet whether he'll sign the bill, known as the "Fair Pay to Play Act," into law. However, Jasmine Harris, an expert on student athletes, comments on the need for such a bill, how it would alter college athletics, and how it relates to the NCAA.
Thursday, September 26, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Report: Public Institutions Aren’t Adequately Serving Latino Students
According to a new report from The Education Trust, 40 out of 44 states examined received poor to failing grades when it comes to enrolling and graduating Latinos in public colleges and universities. Their findings indicate that state policymakers and leaders must do more to provide greater access to higher education for these populations. The report also suggests examining the root causes of these educational disparities to determine what your state can do to attain equity.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Helping Grads and Their Parents Navigate Loan Repayment
These days, more financial aid officers are going beyond basic loan counseling and getting more proactive about how they help students in the payback phase. In fact, some are offering direct support to prevent students from dropping out, which often means they cannot command salaries high enough to pay off their loans. Experts say there are several steps financial aid officers can take to improve long-term outcomes for graduates.
Monday, September 23, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The Rise of Academic Innovationism
In “Two Cheers for Higher Education,” Steven Brint says that the success of U.S. universities during the period 1980-2015 derived from the joint impact of three “logics of development”: a logic of disciplinary specialization, a market logic, and a logic of social inclusion. In this blog, he elaborates on market logic -- in particular, the search for new technologies with commercial potential. During that period, we saw an explosion of occupational-professional programs and new partnerships between academia and industry.
Friday, September 20, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Toxic Masculinity and Higher Education
The strong female presence on every level of academic life seems as though it would foster environments where female students and professionals are respected and well-supported in their work -- and yet reports of male students and professionals behaving destructively towards women continue to surface regularly. Meyer explores the idea of toxic masculinity, how it relates to these violent stories, and how it roots within a culture and within institutions of higher education.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:00:00 PM

New Place, New Job, New Opportunities: Successful Transitions to Your Future
In a previous article, Charles R. Middleton discussed how to depart from an institution graciously. Now he shares advice for how to arrive at a new institution successfully. Although he cautions about the personal consequences such as leaving behind friends and adapting to a new community, he says managing your professional arrival on campus is most important. He advises to say little, listen a lot, and ease into the new environment over time.
Monday, September 16, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Acing the First Semester: Success Strategies for New Faculty
So, you finally secured a tenure-track position? Now that you have stepped into an academic arena with the expectation of achieving tenure within seven years, let’s slow down for a few minutes and discuss how to build toward the tenure victory by ‘acing’ your first semester. Here's a look at steps that can help you put your best foot forward, as well as missteps that can have serious repercussions on your early academic career and even cut short your time at the institution.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Are You Mentally Well Enough for College?
A campus psychologist says that many students facing mental health issues come to him for help after they've failed courses. They are seeking a medical exception form that allows them to withdraw from the classes they failed instead of taking the F's and dragging down their GPA. While the exception may save their semester, he says it is important for students to get help with mental health issues before college begins and recommends a few key areas for students and families to focus on.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

10 ‘Beautiful’ Questions to Shift Your Thinking at Work
Whether it's among students or colleagues, higher education professionals know the power of questioning. It can help you learn, solve problems, and perhaps most importantly, shift your thinking. Self-described questionologist Warren Berger has more than 400 questions in “The Book of Beautiful Questions," but let's explore the 10 best ones to ask in order to shift your thinking at work. Berger says questions like these can "remind you to slow down and think more" and "broaden your perspective."
Monday, September 9, 2019 11:00:01 AM

Looking toward the Path Ahead
As Phillips and Kinser's book title states, accreditation is on the edge. No one is happy -- institutions feel burdened, policymakers are frustrated, consumers are unprotected, employer needs are unmet, and accreditors are under fire. To be clear,there is merit in our current system but it is messy and satisfies few. In their final blog, Phillips and Kinser examine how to approach reform and set a path forward towards a more ideal system of accreditation.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 5:00:00 AM

A New Generation of Failures: Let’s Show Them How It’s Done
Experts, like Dr. Shai L. Butler, have often observed a heightened fear of professional failure among millennials. In fact, Butler says this fear extends beyond failing on the job to failure in an entrepreneurial venture, career change, job search, and professional and personal relationships. So, how can we help a generation that for the most part has been affirmed, supported, rewarded for winning, and applauded when they lose? What's the key to failing forward?
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 11:23:59 AM

On Women's Equality Day, Work Equity Is Still Elusive
August 26 was Women's Equality Day, the anniversary of the day in 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, giving women the right to vote. While it serves as a reminder of how far we've come, women are still striving for equal pay and representation in leadership positions. To mark the day, SHRM Online compiled a list of 10 compelling articles about the workplace gender gap from its archives and other trusted news sources.
Thursday, August 29, 2019 6:00:00 AM

10 ‘Beautiful’ Questions to Ask at a Career Crossroads
Are you at a career crossroads? Whether you are deciding to apply for a job or accept a job offer, it's important to pause and ask yourself the right questions. This can help us invent or reinvent the work we do or make better job decisions, rather than relying on our instincts, biases, and assumptions. Self-described questionologist Warren Berger has more than 400 questions in “The Book of Beautiful Questions," but let's explore the 10 best ones to ask when you are at a career crossroads.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Are You Ready for All of Your Incoming Students?
Does your mission statement include diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts? If so, what has your institution done to prepare for incoming students, particularly through the enrollment of first-year students and transfer students? Is your institution ready to implement logical planning mechanisms to receive a diverse population of students? Emily Allen Williams examines what is really needed to prepare the academic house for this work.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Looking Ahead from an Insider’s Point of View: Six Leaders in Higher Education Weigh In
What are the most pressing issues that higher education is facing or will face in the next few years? There is no shortage of opinions about higher education and its current state and future. However, we often do not hear from the practitioners who are engrained in the day-to-day life of a higher education community. Six practitioners representing both public and private institutions were asked to weigh in on higher education's future and the challenges it faces.
Monday, August 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Cultivating Financial Literacy in Current Students
Improving the transparency of financial aid award letters for prospective students is a hot topic, but some aid officers are continuing the fiscal wellness charge once those students get to campus. They are broadening the financial education offerings to help current students learn to budget and better manage their money. These early conversations can help students think beyond a monthly budget and reduce overall borrowing, experts say.
Friday, August 23, 2019 5:00:00 AM

College Rankings Might as Well be Student Rankings
Since U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" first appeared in 1983, numerous other rankings, such as Forbes and The Wall Street Journal, have emerged. They lead parents and students to believe one college is better than another. But a closer look reveals that college rankings may be measuring something entirely different. According to researchers specializing in education and psychology, rankings tell you more about the talent a school can recruit than the quality of instruction.
Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: How to Advocate for Equal Pay for Your Minority Employees
In this edition of Dr. Shai L. Butler's Ask the Expert series, she reflects on how a middle manager can advocate for her Latina employee to get pay equal to that of her white male counterpart. She recommends encouraging the employee to build and leverage relationships in the workplace and provides insight on how to position the Latina to demonstrate her expertise. She acknowledges this may be hard to do depending on the position but encourages creativity and thinking outside of the box.
Monday, August 19, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Reflections on College Admissions in the ‘Varsity Blues’ Era
The “Varsity Blues” scandal exposed numerous parents who paid an agent to bribe coaches to smooth the path for their children’s acceptance to colleges with selective admissions policies. Since then, several other aspects of college admissions have been called into question, including legacy admissions, influence from athletic coaches, donors seeking favors, and efforts to recruit a diverse class. Robert A. Scott, a former president, reflects on the challenges of recruiting in this era.
Monday, August 19, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The Leader’s Challenge to Ensure Employee Inclusion
As a leader, can you say with certainty that your decisions are purely objective and not based on personal bias? According to the Leader-Member Exchange Theory, leaders often subconsciously form in-groups -- members of which establish close relationships with the leader and experience greater opportunities -- and out-groups, employees who fall behind with little chance for growth or of joining the in-group. Consider these strategies for avoiding the trap of arbitrary in-/out-group distinctions.
Monday, August 19, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Find Your Peace to Get Through the Back-To-Campus Rush
How will you weather the autumn chaos of students returning to campus? Despite the busy season, projecting a calm, helpful face to students and their families is key. You don’t want to lose your cool while you’re assisting a nervous first-year student or a jetlagged grad assistant. Students and their families are counting on you to provide comfort and safety as they acclimate to campus. Keep your cool by emotionally compartmentalizing, owning your space, and employing these other helpful techniques.
Thursday, August 15, 2019 7:00:00 AM

How to Address Innovation in Higher Ed Accreditation
A consistent critique regarding accreditation is that it is resistant to innovation. This is true -- to an extent, say Phillips and Kinser. As the guardian of quality, the accreditation process is designed to be risk-averse. However, the process also inherently promotes innovation by always looking for improvements in quality. Accreditors must strike a balance when it comes to innovation. Move too quick, and students can be harmed and public dollars wasted. Move too slow, and the system can’t keep up.
Monday, August 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

All Public Universities Get Private Money, but Some Get Much More than the Rest
Overall, the growth in giving to public higher education institutions isn't compensating for the reduction in state funding they've been experiencing for more than 30 years. According to a professor of higher education management and finance, this reliance on private donations is making the richest public universities richer, while the less fortunate are being forced to stretch their budgets thin and cut academic programs and, in extreme cases, scholarships.
Friday, August 9, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Diversity in Higher Ed Information Technology
The composition of Information Technology professionals in higher education does not represent the students those professionals serve, according to a new report from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources. The IT workforce lacks racial/ethnic and gender diversity. However, that could change in the near future as long-time administrators look to retire or take the next step in their careers -- if colleges make an effort to recruit diverse candidates.
Thursday, August 8, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Summer and the Season of Transitions in Higher Education
As graduation ceremonies come to a close, colleges and universities across the country shift to the summer season, but what happens during those three months? It's a time to reflect on the progress made during the past year and to prepare for new students coming to campus who will bring excitement and fresh energy with them. It's a time for new student orientation, summer immersion programs, and transitions among faculty and administrators.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Your ‘Bad Boss’ Might Actually be a Blessing in Disguise
No one likes to work for a boss who micro-manages or overloads employees, is uninterested in their professional development, or is challenging in some other way. However, the experience of working for what you might consider a 'bad boss' presents unique and valuable opportunities for professional growth, such as taking initiative and managing up. Experts recommend embracing the experience and using the lessons you learn to advance your career.
Monday, August 5, 2019 5:00:00 AM

How College Towns Could Benefit More from Throngs of Student Volunteers
Millions of college students volunteer at soup kitchens, animal shelters, and other nonprofits near their schools. While they provide labor support, enthusiasm, passion, and creativity to the organizations for which they volunteer, a professor questioned whether these extra hands could do more for the nonprofits they assist. After surveying local nonprofit leaders, she uncovered some of the biggest challenges with student volunteers and makes recommendations on how to improve their impact.
Thursday, August 1, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Considerations for Being on the Academic Market
Applying for faculty positions can be daunting -- and discouraging when you don't land the job or even secure an interview. However, as one job seeker reminds himself, success is not defined by securing the job, but rather by submitting the best application possible. Andrew Martinez shares some advice that he learned from mentors or by participating in search committees -- the most important of which is to focus on what you can control (your application materials).
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 12:00:16 PM

Top 10 Workplace Trends for 2019
Is your HR department keeping pace with the latest trends in the workplace? From technological developments and economic changes to globalization and automation, HR professionals and organization leaders have a lot to keep up with. All of these factors affect institutions' wellbeing and their ability to attract and retain talented workers. Here are the top 10 trends that will impact HR departments in 2019, according to Dan Schawbel, partner and research director at Future Workplace.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
We leave institutions for many reasons, but a big one is that opportunities for continued advancement are blocked. The path forward is occupied by people who are not likely to leave. However, as we move on to our next position, it is imperative to leave with grace and integrity. Middleton cautions against appearing to be overly excited about departing and being critical of the institution you're leaving and makes recommendations for leaving on good terms.
Monday, July 29, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Battling Burnout: Cultivating an Atmosphere of Self-Care in Education
In a culture where we are taught to tough things out, it's not uncommon to be pushed beyond our limits at work and experience burnout, especially in academia. Summers off may give the impression of two to three months of leisure for instructors, but this is much-needed recovery time. For those in higher education who do not have summers off, or for whom this respite is still not enough, consider these strategies for self-care that can help stave off burnout.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Stretch Assignments: The Soft Promotion
As a manager, how can you keep your stellar staff members engaged when there are no formal advancement opportunities to extend? These high performers tend to learn and evolve quickly, and keeping them motivated can be challenging. A meaningful alternative is to provide stretch assignments -- opportunities that are beyond the scope of team members’ job descriptions. They show your high performers that you recognize their ability and you support their continued growth.
Monday, July 15, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Financial Wellness How-Tos: Preparing Families for the Real Cost of College
As students and their families consider which college to attend, it’s important that they understand their financial commitment. Currently, some common problems with financial aid award letters include vague definitions, inconsistencies in calculating final charges, and lack of information on how to accept or reject the aid. In her first blog, Janet Kidd Stewart explains how schools can stand out as leaders in financial wellness and the importance of helping prospective students and their families understand the real costs associated with college.
Friday, July 12, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Gates Launches Lobbying Arm -- Higher Education on Agenda
The Gates Foundation has been indirectly shaping K-12 education public policy for years. Now, they've launched a new lobbying initiative and started up a commission to determine the value of a college degree or certificate. A political scientist warns these moves could ultimately lead to the disqualification of students in certain programs from receiving federal financial aid and put some schools under increasing pressure to cut majors such as history, French, geography, and philosophy.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Great Leaders Encourage the Heart
While current books and scholarly articles compete for attention by outlining the top skills for being a great leader, some say it is merely a matter of encouraging the heart -- making employees feel appreciated, liked, empowered, and worthy. After all, one's feelings about their supervisor and work environment dramatically predetermine one's work success -- and therefore, the success of the enterprise itself. The good news? Encouraging the heart can be done easily.
Monday, July 8, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Coaching for Cultural Sensitivity and Understanding
In Bringing White Men to the Table to Talk about Race, Daniel B. Griffith encouraged those traditionally identified as privileged in society to explore that privilege and contribute to conversations about race and diversity. Now, he shares some advice for coaching such individuals to become more culturally sensitive, aware, and supportive of others whose backgrounds and identities are different from their own. These six tips will help you provide a more productive coaching experience.
Monday, July 8, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Gap Narrows in Healthcare Offerings Between Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex Domestic Partners Despite Overall Decrease
CUPA-HR recently released the findings from their 2019 Healthcare Benefits for Higher Education Employees Survey, which gathered information from 365 higher education institutions about healthcare benefits for partners, types of plans offered, and the types of employees receiving healthcare benefits. Learn about the latest trends in benefits for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners, as well as part-time and retired employees.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Higher Ed Employment Grows in Q4 2018 as Job Growth at Private Institutions Outpaces Public Institutions
Higher education employment increased by 0.5 percent, or roughly 21,900 jobs, during the fourth quarter of 2018. The total number of jobs increased at both private and public institutions. Annually, higher education jobs increased by 0.4 percent in 2018, after increasing by 0.6 percent in 2017.
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Some Credits, No College Degree: Paving a Pathway to Graduation
College non-completers are an oft-overlooked population in the ever-changing landscape of higher education. This group not only presents an opportunity for higher education institutions to increase enrollment, but is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to filling gaps in states' workforces. With such potential riding on these individuals, here's a look at how institutions can better serve this population and ultimately help them complete their degrees.
Monday, July 1, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Ethical Considerations of Student-Faculty Relationships
Partnerships and relationships between students and faculty are inherent to the history and founding values of U.S. higher education. The reasons for forming these relationships vary greatly, from the desire to conduct research to recommendations for professional opportunities to general course advising for an academic program. Regardless of the reason, several key ethical considerations are necessary in order to have a mutually beneficial relationship.
Friday, June 28, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Ask the Expert: What Advice Do You Have for Aspiring Women Leaders?
In the first part of Dr. Shai L. Butler's Ask the Expert series, she shares advice for women who are looking to move into leadership positions in higher education. She speaks about the importance of having a mentor and sponsor who can help you build connections and open the door for advancement. In addition, she recommends various professional associations that can support your leadership development.
Thursday, June 27, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Is Conversational Recruiting the Solution to Finding Millennial Talent?
In a candidate-driven labor market dominated by Millennials, the way companies treat applicants during the hiring process can greatly impact a job seeker's decision to accept or reject an offer. That's why many organizations are adopting "conversational recruiting" -- a strategy that provides candidates with clear, consistent and continuous communication across various channels, including social media, text messaging, instant messaging, video, or chat platforms.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The Academic Professions and How They Influence American Society
The cultural contributions of the academic professions are often overlooked because of Americans’ economistic way of thinking about value, says Steven Brint, author of "Two Cheers for Higher Education." While economic contributions should certainly be taken into account, there are equally important cultural contributions that come from academia. Brint explores how university professors have contributed technology, concepts, and more to American society.
Monday, June 24, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Stop Wishing Away Your Career and Start Owning How You Respond
Wishing for a better job or lamenting about constraints preventing your success? If so, you're what Todd Henry calls a “contingency responder,” or someone who is waiting for external circumstances to change. The key to success is being an "ownership responder" instead, meaning you take personal responsibility for your progress, by better understanding your boss or organization and actively solving problems. Rather than seeing yourself as a victim or observer, you own the problem.
Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:00:00 AM

4 Secrets to Effective Academic Advising
In an age when colleges are struggling to meet enrollment goals, retaining current students is increasingly important -- and academic advisors play an instrumental role in these efforts. Advising can be challenging, but those who do it well are rewarded with not only seeing their students succeed but contributing to their institutions' overall health and reputation. Let's take a look at some of the critical competencies for advising, regardless of whether it is your primary role or in addition to faculty responsibilities.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 3:53:47 AM

Leaders Must Think of the Past, Present, and Future
For many of us, our focus is largely on actions in the present and more immediate goals and deadlines at work. However, as leaders, it's imperative to not just think in the present, but also to reflect on the past and plan for the future. Instead of thinking exclusively about the matters of today, deans, provosts, presidents, and other higher ed leaders must think into the future and begin to conceptualize the possibilities that you'll be addressing then.
Monday, June 17, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Executive Presence in the Interview
Executive presence is a defining characteristic of successful higher ed leaders. Demonstrating this presence in the interview is critical for obtaining a dean, vice president, provost, or presidential position, but how can you do that? It requires exuding confidence, demonstrating exceptional communication skills, and exhibiting emotional control. These characteristics do not happen easily or by happenstance, though. Aspiring leaders must take actions to develop them.
Monday, June 17, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Higher Education Staff Receive Modest Salary Increases
CUPA-HR recently released the findings from their Staff in Higher Education Survey, which included data from 857 higher education institutions, over 205,000 staff, and 153 positions. Overall, higher education staff experienced a modest median salary increase. Other findings reveal which type of positions experienced the most job growth, what percentage of staff are women and minorities, and how areas in the U.S. compare in terms of median salaries.
Friday, June 14, 2019 5:00:00 AM

What Is the Blueprint for the Perfect Commencement Speech?
In this month’s Higher Ed Careers Interview, Andrew Hibel spoke with Dr. John Thelin, an author and professor at the University of Kentucky. Thelin lent his perspective as a higher education historian to the topic of commencement, discussing the history of commencement speeches, aspects of a successful speech, and the importance of commencement as a ritualized and unifying event.
Thursday, June 13, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Lavender Graduations Set to Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary Next Year
The nation's first Lavender Graduation took place in 1995 at the University of Michigan. Since then, these ceremonies, which celebrate the achievements of graduating LGBTQ college students, have gained popularity throughout the country and have even taken hold at institutions as far away as Canada. With the 20th anniversary of the celebrations approaching, let's take a look at how they began and how they support diversity and inclusivity on campus.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Information Is the New Frontier
Accreditation is a complex issue. In previous blogs, Phillips and Kinser explored who controls accreditation policy and how to measure quality in higher education. Adding to those complexities is information itself. Questions remain about what information assembled for accreditation could and should be shared -- and toward what goal. The challenge is finding a way to balance what might be desired, with what is helpful and what is possible.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Gen Z Takes Its Place at the University and in the Job Market
The oldest Gen Zers (those born in 1997) are just now earning their degrees and entering the workforce, with plenty more slated to follow. As a higher education professional, are you prepared to work with these enterprising, ambitious young students? Let's explore some of the most notable traits and desires of this generation and how you can engage them, support them, and work with them.
Monday, June 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Professionalism and the Use of Personal Technology in Work and Classroom Settings
The use of personal technology in the classroom and workplace is not a new topic of controversy. You, no doubt, know the benefits and adverse impacts of technology use in such settings, but have you figured out how to establish norms and expectations for it? Daniel B. Griffith suggests -- and explains how -- you can use upfront dialogue to establish norms for technology use to support the learning, workplace, or meeting environment that all participants may embrace.
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Can You Really Have It All? Women Today Say Yes
Can you really have it all and live a balanced life? Dr. Shai L. Butler hears this question frequently from young women. Betty Friedan, an author, activist, and one of the most prominent leaders in the rise of second-wave feminism, once said, “You can have it all, but not all at the same time.” According to Butler, women today, particularly millennials, are defying this notion. They push back and challenge the idea that they must give up their lives in pursuit of a career.
Monday, June 3, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The Changing Landscape of Tenure-Track Positions
With fewer tenure-track jobs to go around and a growing number of job seekers with PhDs, the competition for permanent, benefitted jobs is fierce, and the market is changing to reflect that. Moore explores the impacts of the modern tenure-track landscape on the job market -- including a greater dependency on contingent faculty and jobs opening up throughout the year (not just in the fall) -- and explores what these trends mean for job seekers.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Thinking like the One Percent: Reframing Higher Education
Even amid commencement season and our celebrations of the success and achievements of students, we can't ignore the continued negative discussion about the value of higher education. One scholar says we must think like the one percent in order to reframe the narrative of higher education -- that is we must promote higher education as not just a way to get a good job but a way to make a good life and tap into the networks that exist at your institution.
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Measuring Quality in Higher Education
Many argue that without objective accreditation criteria common to all institutions and programs, an institution can assert outcomes that are self-serving and lack comparative meaning. However, a one-size-fits-all, easy-to-compare approach ignores real and significant differences between schools. After all, important outcomes for a research university are vastly different from those that motivate a community college, a small, private liberal arts college, or a career training institute.
Friday, May 24, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Make Better Hires with Competency Models
If you've ever made a bad hire, you know how damaging it can be for your institution. It causes a decline in productivity, can hurt morale among the department, and ultimately results in costly turnover. Experts say you can prevent bad hires (and the consequences) by hiring employees based on competency profiles. This process requires you to evaluate not only candidates' skills, but also their behavioral attributes by using role-based models and structured interviews to determine their fit for a position.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Taking Time for Yourself Is Vital for Successful Leadership
Leading when unwell is difficult, if not impossible, so health and wellness are critical components of any leader's success, but how can you get the rest you need when these more complex positions are so demanding of your daily time and energy? Gone are the extended lunches with friends and colleagues, time spent in the gym, and reading for the pure joy of it. One higher education leader shares three tips for achieving balance despite the level, intensity, and constancy of the work.
Monday, May 20, 2019 5:00:00 AM

How to Contribute to Campus Safety and Vitality
As members of a campus community, all higher education professionals play an important role in ensuring safety for students, staff, faculty, and the larger community. One researcher found that the culture, climate, and vitality of a campus affect campus safety and vice versa, so how can members of a campus community contribute to safer and more vital campuses? A few simple action items can help administrators and faculty create change in their campus communities.
Friday, May 17, 2019 5:48:06 AM

The Impact of FLSA’s Overtime Rule on Higher Education Professionals
In March 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act. If these changes are enacted, the salary threshold used to determine exemptions to federal overtime pay requirements would rise from $23,660 annually to $35,308 annually. A new report by CUPA-HR, Professionals in Higher Education Annual Report, examines which higher education professionals are most likely to be impacted by the proposed overtime rule change.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Why You Should Develop a Mentorship Instead of a Friendship
One of the more controversial Gallup poll questions finds that having a best friend at work leads to better performance. However, if you really want to perform better at work and advance your career, you'd be wise to find a mentor instead. Unlike friends who often only tell you what you want to hear or try to make you feel good, a mentor will speak the truth. You can find mentors both inside and outside your current institution, but be sure to pick the right ones.
Monday, May 13, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Here’s How to Increase Diversity in STEM at the College Level and Beyond
The Meyerhoff Scholars Program, a renowned initiative launched at UMBC in the 1980s, is known for increasing diversity in STEM. In total, about 1,500 students have graduated from the program and pursued careers ranging from public health practitioners to entrepreneurs. Now, researchers have found promising results for two programs modeled after the Meyerhoff and say more individuals from diverse backgrounds can excel in STEM careers if other colleges adopt the model.
Friday, May 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Great Leaders Bring Together Diverse Teams
Chefs make great dishes by mixing a variety of flavors. Great directors bring together the right crew, actors, and writers to film a great movie. Likewise, the best leaders in higher education assemble a team of people with complementary -- not identical -- talents and perspectives. The ability and experience to find the right mix and use the advantages of diversity is truly a leadership competency. Every supervisor, manager, administrator, coach, teacher, or leader would be wise to develop this skill.
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Metrics for Monitoring Campus Vulnerabilities and Vitality
It is often said that concerns about the board and faculty, money, government priorities, and news stories about higher education’s vulnerability keep presidents up at night. However, there are metrics for monitoring campus vulnerabilities that can help presidents stay abreast of any potential issues or threats to their school's vitality. Robert A. Scott, President Emeritus of Adelphi University, outlines the metrics and measures of which leaders should be aware.
Monday, May 6, 2019 5:00:00 AM

The Growth and Growing Prominence of U.S. Universities
Even those who are not immersed in the world of higher education are familiar with the litany of challenges facing U.S. higher education institutions. We cannot avoid reading about the crushing weight of student loan debt, the erosion of public funding for universities, and enrollment declines. Despite the many doom and gloom stories, Steven Brint, author of "Two Cheers for Higher Education," says American universities are actually much bigger and stronger than ever before.
Friday, May 3, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Pay and Representation of Women and Racial/Ethnic Minorities in Dean Positions
CUPA-HR recently released new survey data on higher education administrators, which provided insight on the representation of women and racial/ethnic minorities in administrative and dean positions. Both women and racial/ethnic minorities are often among the lowest-paid dean positions and are under-represented among the highest-paid dean positions. Find out what other trends researchers discovered.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Providing a Welcoming Environment for Transfer Students
Once an oft-overlooked population, transfer students are becoming an increasingly important piece of the enrollment management puzzle for many schools, especially as demographics change and metrics like degree completion and time to degree become greater priorities. This population of students has different needs than traditional first-year students. Take a closer look at best practices to consider from institutions that have had long-standing success with the transfer population.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Transforming Learning through Collaboration
"There's never been a more exciting time to work in education," said Matthew Rascoff, Associate Vice Provost for Digital Education & Innovation at Duke University. In this month's Higher Ed Careers interview, Andrew Hibel spoke with Rascoff about the latest trends in professional development for faculty, why universities need to offer these types of support to their faculty, and how online learning is transforming the landscape of higher education.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Why Federal Student Aid Should be Restored for People in Prison
Congress is considering lifting a ban on federal student aid for those serving time in prison. The director of the University of Baltimore’s Second Chance College Program says this would benefit not only the incarcerated but society as a whole. It would ultimately save taxpayers money, make our communities safer, improve employment opportunities for the incarcerated once they're released, and strengthen families -- without taking money away from low-income students in the community.
Monday, April 29, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Doing Better by Students When a College Closes
While college closures aren't common occurrences, we have seen an uptick in the last few years, including rather abrupt closures that left students, faculty, and administrators in a lurch. In an effort to prevent more of these closings, schools, accreditors, and the government are working together on policies to ensure that when a school closes, students don't "show up to a school with a padlock and a sticky note on the door." These recommendations would protect the best interests of the students.
Friday, April 26, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Job Ads Sell the Role
When you post a job, are you using an ad that tells the story of the job and sells it or are you simply posting the job description? According to Jon Drogheo, a director of talent acquisition who spoke at the 2019 SHRM Talent Conference & Exposition, job descriptions are full of dull and empty words. A job ad -- which sells the role, talks about the behaviors needed to perform the job, and what the culture of the organization is like -- gets far more views, click-throughs, and conversions into applicants.
Friday, April 26, 2019 5:00:00 AM

How a Fixed Mindset Can Hurt Your Career
Over the years, you've probably heard this career advice: Follow your passion and be an expert in your field. As it turns out, it may not be in your best interest. Experts say that the advice to follow your passion reflects a fixed mindset, meaning you believe your qualities are “carved in stone." That mindset sets many aspiring professionals up for failure. Instead, higher education professionals need a growth mindset and institutions a culture of development.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Responses to Demographic Change that Move Beyond Admissions
Given the anticipated decline in prospective college students in the mid-2020s, admissions professionals will need to work hard to expand college access. However, this demographic change can't be tackled solely by the admissions department. The rest of the campus will need to engage as well, including improving retention rates, enhancing students’ sense of belonging, developing deeper mentoring relationships, providing stronger academic support, and implementing innovative curriculum revision.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00:00 AM

In the Mind of the Interviewer
Often, when it comes to interviewing, we feel as though we're meeting with a judge and jury who decide our fate. Instead, think of it as simply meeting with prospective co-workers who want to see what it might be like to work with you. You’re most likely to impress when you feel calm and like yourself. If you're able to get a sense of what the team may be thinking, it can calm your nerves and enable you to have this important conversation from a comfortable place.
Friday, April 19, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Asking Good Questions Is Key to Effective Leadership
As a leader in higher education, your job requires you to make decisions, large and small, that affect the lives of those around you and those your unit serves. Those who are naturally curious and continually ask questions are perhaps the most effective leaders. Why? Because the answers to the compelling questions they ask yield a fuller understanding of the issues involved. How can you incorporate this curiosity into your leadership style?
Monday, April 15, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Disrupting Disruption: Making a Case for the Golden Rule
The higher education industry is in a state of disruption, and as Dr. Shai Butler says, we are rubbernecking on the road to destruction watching institutions close at rates heretofore never seen. How do we disrupt this disruption? Butler argues that we must live out the Golden Rule in our classrooms and campuses, show empathy, concern, and a genuine interest in our students' success, and create a welcoming environment that allows rigor and joy to co-exist.
Monday, April 15, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Many Masters: Who Controls Accreditation Policy?
The authors of "Accreditation on Edge" explain that accreditation has many missions and serves many masters, and trying to serve all of them raises many questions. Who “owns” accreditation policy, and what, exactly, does this policy cover? Can (and should) accreditors be “regulators"? When accreditors serve as agents of the federal government and of their member institutions, are consumers adequately protected? Phillips and Kinser explore these questions among others.
Monday, April 15, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Secret to a Successful Interview: Don't Ramble
If you haven’t interviewed for a position recently, you may not know when the information you are providing is worthwhile and when enough is enough. The last thing you want to do is ramble. So, how can a candidate keep the conversation balanced? The key is to prepare, listen, and watch. Prepare using the five guidelines outlined here, listen fully to each question, and watch your interviewer(s) and take cues from them.
Monday, April 8, 2019 5:00:00 AM

Improving Pathways for Transfer Students
According to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the number of prospective college students is about to decline. At the same time, many students are turning to community colleges to save money on starting their degrees and will turn to others to finish their bachelor's degrees. These trends are pushing four-year colleges and universities to embrace the transfer student population in ways never seen before.
Friday, April 5, 2019 4:00:00 AM

New CUPA-HR Report Examines Hiring Growth, Salaries, and Pay Equity
Today, CUPA-HR released the findings from their Faculty in Higher Education Survey. The report examined trends in hiring, salary, and pay equity. It found that the highest levels of equity and representation are at associate's institutions, the majority of academic department heads are still male and white, and the health professions discipline experienced the most growth in job openings. See what other trends are occurring in higher education.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 5:00:00 AM