Tag Archives: professional development

Do my social media milestones matter?


Well, no. Of course not. Still . . . My wife and I started this blog (formerly Eat More Cookies) way back in July 2006. We were about to complete our third year in Oklahoma, with family back home in … Continue reading

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A conversation about grad school


I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation. I plan to keep having it, too. But if this example can help answer some questions pre-emptively, I reckon this will have been a good use of my time. … Continue reading

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No more recommendation letters, please


Has this happened to you? You find a job announcement for a position that could be a great fit for you, but it’s due tomorrow! To apply, send CV (okay), a cover letter (yeah!), and three letters of recommendation from … Continue reading

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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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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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James Borrell on the 10 Essential Skills for Modern Conservationists


Conservationist James Borrell almost always posts thought-provoking ideas.  In this case, I found strong personal agreement with every one of these ten: James Borrell: 10 Essential Skills for Modern Conservationists – Posted on: Apr 1 2015 Posted in: Resources 10 … Continue reading

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Advice from a professor who almost flunked out


Sometimes students see their professors as 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 enough … Continue reading

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