What they didn't teach you in grad school

The Assistant Professor Blog


Success isn’t just about setting goals. Goals are important, but without a system for achieving them, you’re less likely to succeed.

Want to achieve more on the tenure track? Focus on systems, not goals


The average knowledge worker spends about 28% of their workweek managing email. How do you save yourself from drowning in a rising tide of email messages? Here are six strategies.

How to take control of your faculty inbox


Time blocking is a way of intentionally structuring your daily and weekly schedule so that specific “blocks” of time are dedicated to completing a specific task or group of tasks.

How pre-tenure faculty can use time blocking to work less

In my first two years on the tenure track, I worked all of the time, but usually not on the right things.

I spent way too much time on teaching, and sacrificed my evenings and weekends (and sleep) to research. I didn’t exercise, or pursue hobbies, or make friends, or eat well. I was stressed, and exhausted, and lonely. Plus, I developed a back problem from too many hours hunched over my laptop! Ouch!

I know now that it doesn’t have to be this way. You can earn tenure without working yourself into the ground. Instead of repeating my mistakes, I want to help you learn from them.

Hey, assistant professors. I've been there...

I'm Becca. 

Wasn’t tenure the Holy Grail of academe? I had made it. Why wasn’t I overjoyed?

Tenure and the Arrival Fallacy

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