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How to write a letter of recommendation: 5 essentials

“Kind to pets” is what a colleague calls positive letters of recommendation that don’t really say anything. Even worse is “word salad,” a series of highly predictable sentences that could be said about anyone.  I write tons of letters every … Continue reading

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How scientific and fair can faculty hiring be?

If you have a committee of 6 choosing the 4 or so biologists to interview for a single position, what would a really accurate way to do it be? I think you would look hard at the error factor. If … Continue reading

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Can a rubric help with faculty hiring?

Rubrics seem to be all the rage these days, whether they are appropriate or not. A rubric is simply a system for assigning points to different aspects of an assignment. They can be very useful for communicating to a student … Continue reading

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Explain the oddities on your resumé or we’ll make something up

You have a four year gap in your timeline. Please explain it or we might think you were in prison instead of simply taking time out for family. Your job is in Houston but you are living in Boston. Don’t … Continue reading

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How to make your application stand out among hundreds

Who are you? What have you done? How do you compare to our metrics? Can you make it easier for us to find this out? I am getting very cranky because I am spending my weekend reading file after file … Continue reading

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Hurry! We have an opening at Wash U for an ecologist in any specialty!

Please share this exciting position for a tenure track ecologist of any flavor! We have a great group and are in a world clss city! Join us! Below is the advertisement.   Washington University in St. Louis Department of Biology … Continue reading

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Apply for our job in evolutionary genomics!

I hope by now you have your research and teaching statements ready for the hiring season. I hope you are not trying to think about where you might fit, but are leaving that for when you have offers. Just send … Continue reading

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