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The power of explaining someone else’s idea

In our short evening class we like to have time to think, time to write, time to talk, and time to share. When these go together well, it is transformative. Last week in the last class before spring break, we … Continue reading

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Why are chalk talks so hard?

Have I ever heard a good chalk talk? Do they really even help us make a wise decision? I can think of some spectacular failures in hiring the right person based on the chalk talk in the past at another … Continue reading

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Job interview: does timing matter?

You got an interview! It is so exciting! There are so many decisions to make. You need to prepare for as many as three talks, research, chalk talk, and sample teaching. You also need to carefully research the department and … Continue reading

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Chalk talks: how to avoid 10 pitfalls

You got an interview for a job, a faculty or a postdoctoral position! But they want you to do a chalk talk. What do you do? What is a chalk talk anyway? First of all, be sure you find out … Continue reading

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What is the point of a grad school rotation?

In a way a grad school rotations are like trying on a family. With our actual families we don’t get to do that, but why should you commit to a research group based on a couple of days of interview? … Continue reading

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Send your recommenders the information they need right away!

This is the time of year we write many letters of recommendation for faculty positions, for NSF predoctoral fellowships, and for many other things. I might have 5 letters to write at any given time. This is a very important … Continue reading

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Have you started your students on writing for Wikipedia yet?

The education program at Wikipedia has as its motto: “The end of throwaway assignments and the beginning of real-world impact for student editors.” How can we embrace this powerful motto and have our students learn through contributing to Wikipedia? I … Continue reading

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