Category Archives: academics

The Eisenhower Matrix, and a step toward greater productivity


If you want to be more productive in reaching some goal, you can make the decision that “Tomorrow I’m going to be different!” Every time I do that, however, it doesn’t pan out. Rarely can someone just decide to change … Continue reading

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AUTHOR BLOG: To the Grasshopper Sparrow, the Grass May Be Greener on the Other Side — Auk & Condor Updates


Emily Williams Linked paper: Patterns and correlates of within-season breeding dispersal: A common strategy in a declining grassland songbird by E.J. Williams and W.A. Boyle, The Auk: Ornithological Advances 135:1, January 2018. Late in the summer of 2013, when Alice … Continue reading

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Organizational skill? No, organizational planning.


Are you naturally organized?  No, me neither. About 7 billion people on this planet right now could probably benefit from increased organization in their lives to manage short-term obligations and achieve long-term goals. The good news is that we don’t … Continue reading

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Writing an effective cover letter: a flowchart for success


I engage in quite a bit of professional development in my classes, and one of them includes the drafting of a cover letter. The students are required to peruse opportunities on a job-posting website (I send them to this one … Continue reading

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What words mean . . .


actually matters. Here in the US, there’s an unfortunate stereotype that someone who encourages the proper use of words and grammatical structures is a pedantic jerk.  If you do this, you might even be an intellectual snob in anti-intellectual America.  … Continue reading

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Advice from a professor who almost flunked out


Sometimes students see their professors as truly gifted brainiacs, and there are certainly some people like that among my faculty colleagues.  Most of us, however, are nothing special.  What sets us apart really just boils down to two things: interest … Continue reading

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