Category Archives: Professors Best Kept Secrets

Reverse Engineer Solutions to Problems You Experience in the Classroom

The February faculty newsletter from darcylear.com is out now. The theme is creating professional development and career prep lessons by reverse engineering solutions to problems you are experiencing. Examples include: professional email writing, letter of recommendation requests, memo writing as … Continue reading

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Can You Help Your Students Develop Much-Needed Hard Skills?

The following is a re-post from my May Faculty Newsletter. The June Career Coaching newsletter will be out next week. To subscribe to either (or both), click the “Sign Up Now” button to the right. In most of my work … Continue reading

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Is There a #CrisisInTheHumanities?

What do we mean by #crisisinthehumanities? Is it 50-75% instruction = contingent faculty?  Is it ballooning administrative costs combined with shrinking instructional budgets?  Is it defunding of public education by state legislatures? Louisiana, Wisconsin and Illinois have all been in … Continue reading

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Why This Form Letter Is a Bad Letter of Recommendation and Why You Should Consider Using It

I have pasted here a letter of recommendation that is both good and bad–depending on whether you are an overwhelmed writer of letters of recommendation who needs an efficient solution or the subject of the recommendation:            … Continue reading

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Need a Letter of Recommendation from a Non-Science Professor for Med School?

If you plan to apply to medical school someday, you will be asked to get a letter of recommendation from a non-science professor.   Language professors are favorites for this because the class size is usually small and it’s an … Continue reading

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Students, Universities, and Career Services: Can They Work Together to Improve New Graduates’ Professional Lives?

During graduation season, the career blogs have been aflutter over student preparation for the job market & professional life. CNBC did the story about bad behavior in interviews: “Managers to Millennials: Job Interview No Time to Text“. Time Magazine did … Continue reading

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3 Things You Must Do to Get a Good Letter of Recommendation

Do you need a lot of letters of recommendation for grad school and / or job applications? Follow these three steps to have the best chance at getting excellent letters: 1) provide your full name, dates of experience with recommender, … Continue reading

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