career tips

How to Lead Meetings Effectively (and Efficiently)

It’s clear that meetings are a regular part of your professional life. But just because they’re inevitable doesn’t mean they need to be inevitably awful. With some thoughtful planning, a meeting can be a positive, productive event. To get yourself on the road to running an effective meeting, consider the principles outlined in Mary Ellen Guffey and Dana Loewy’s Essentials of Business Communication, Ninth Edition, summarized below. Before the Meeting

    Establish your purpose for calling the meeting. Are you hoping for a fruitful discussion of an issue or initiative, or will a simple message to relevant individuals adequately communicate your point? If the latter,
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Cost Effective — or FREE — Professional Development for Faculty

As an educator dedicated to teaching others, you’re likely interested in continual pursuit of education yourself. But taking part in many continuing-education opportunities can prove costly, and not every person, department, or school has as much of a budget for these opportunities as they’d like. So how can a group of instructors with a desire to learn continue to do so… without exceeding their budget or stipend? Today, Christine Harrington shares her suggestions for a shared learning experience that can cost you nothing but the time you’re willing to invest in it.  Do you have any cost-effective solutions for Read More…


Tips for Students: Is a Career in Game Development Right for You?

The field of game development may appeal to students for a wide range of reasons. Perhaps these students have great ideas for enjoyable games suited to the educational setting. Perhaps they see work in this field as an opportunity to use their creative skills in a fun and competitive environment. Maybe they find it rewarding to spend hours writing code and then see the “tangible” result of a playable game. And of course, they may simply think to themselves: I like playing games… Hey, why not MAKE them? However, as with any career choice, it makes sense to consider all Read More…


Increasing Success Rates for STEM-Focused Learners

According to recent government data, only 15% of all U.S. college students graduate with STEM-related degrees. At the same time, U.S. job market demand for STEM-related skills is at an all-time high, with an estimated 2.4 million new and replacement job openings expected through 2018, according to a 2011 study by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University. So why aren’t more college students seeking-out degrees, certificates, and other credentials in STEM-related fields, and how can institutions help their students identify best-fit academic paths to high-demand – and often high-paying — jobs? Owen Software, founded Read More…


Maintaining the Attitude of a Life-Long Learner

If you’re reading this blog post, you obviously value the purpose and process of education — enough to devote your career to it! However, when we’re constantly moving through our daily pattern of meetings, deadlines, paperwork, and other pressing responsibilities, we can potentially lose sight of those things that enable us to move forward in new and challenging directions — and that, in itself, can make us feel stuck, stale, or solution-less. In McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, Marilla Svinicki and Wilbert J. McKeachie share some suggestions for identifying new methods, strategies, and opportunities that you can bring into your Read More…


The Path to Publication

Many educators view publication as an important step on their career path. However, there are many points on the path from aspiration to publication – so how might you go about reaching this important career milestone successfully? In this webinar, Raquel Alexander, Associate Professor of Accounting at Washington and Lee University, shares her successes and failures along the way to having her research published in scholarly journals. Though her presentation addresses some topics and resources particular to Accounting and Taxation instructors, her suggestions on how to make the most of one’s relationships with editorial staff will benefit anyone hoping Read More…


Students: Map Out Your Progress

Think back on your undergraduate education. Perhaps you were especially driven and began college with the end in mind, and charted your course from matriculation to graduation as quickly as you could. On the other hand, the trajectory of your undergraduate years may look more like a winding path through the forest than a straight shot from Point A to Point B. Today’s learners are likely not much different: some are more decisive, while others tend to keep things more-open ended until a decision must be made. In your role as an educator, many of your students may seek you Read More…


Staying Connected, Wherever You Are

Not too far in the past, staying connected with your colleagues entailed catching up in the hallway, chatting at a meeting or conference, or giving someone a ring from your office landline. But with today’s smartphones and tablets, a simple tap on an app can put you in touch with a community of peers anytime of the day or night, anywhere you might find yourself. Though it’s still up to you to seek out and build those connections, today’s social-networking tools certainly facilitate the process of sharing ideas and information among like-minded individuals. If you’re looking to connect online, Read More…


Five Ways to Brand Yourself

They say first impressions are everything. How we present ourselves to the world makes a key difference when it comes to winning a job. Having a strong, personal brand that shows the world who you are as a professional affects what others think and feel about you. In Active Interviewing: Branding, Selling, and Presenting Yourself to Win Your Next Job, Eric Kramer shares how job seekers can brand themselves to stand out on the road to professional success. Share these tips with your students: Decide what your professional brand is.  Complete a self-assessment and consider things like what Read More…


Four Steps to a Stellar Presentation

At some point, most of us will give a presentation to an audience. In her book New Perspectives: Portfolio Projects for Soft Skills, Beverly Amer offers a four-step approach to creating and delivering an effective presentation. Whether you’re in charge of providing first-timers with needed advice, or your own skills need some polishing, these simple steps will help alleviate anxiety and ensure a smooth performance. Step 1: Plan. Several key questions will help you develop a strong presentation that’s tailor made for your audience and purposes. As you begin, ask yourself:

    What is the purpose of your presentation? What action or response
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