11 (Academic) New Year’s Resolutions: How to Write Better, Get Published, and Get Hired

Make some academic new year resolutions for 2020. (Credit: Getty)

How about making some academic resolutions for the new year? Here are some that might already be on your list, along with guidance from Graduate Center students, faculty, and alumni on how to achieve them. (There’s even a happy ending.) Here’s to a productive and rewarding 2020!
Newspapers with the word Perspective
1. Expand your writing skills by writing an op-ed. Tips on crafting and placing your work from The Fine Art of the Op-Ed.

Michael Stern
2. Start early: get published as a master’s student. Here’s how one student made it through the painstaking process.

A stack of papers
3. You might also want to publish your term papers as academic articles. 

4. All of that will be good practice, especially if you’d like to publish your dissertation as a book, and maybe even win an award for it.
Leah Persaud stands in her lab
5. Consider broadening your horizon by thinking about a job outside of academia.

Seth Schimmel stands outside the Graduate Center
6. One way to do it: Put those data visualization skills to work.
Kate Duguid
7. Or you might want to see how your expertise can give you a leg up in journalism.

Alicia Andrzejewski
8. If you want to land a tenure-track job, here’s advice from an alumna who recently joined the College of William & Mary.

Alexandrea J. Ravenelle
9. And even more tips, from a graduate who’s on the tenure track at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

10. Facing a two-body problem? Here’s how one half of a tenure-track couple found her job.
Paul Fess, Krystyna Michael and their son
11. And so did her husband, who earned his Ph.D. in the same field.

Submitted on: DEC 20, 2019

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