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How long should you spend on the faculty job market? Derek Attig offers some concrete advice.

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July 3, 2007
In my CC system, faculty members can teach a 5-5 or a 4-4 load. If we choose the 4-4 load, we do service work in place of the 5th course. I'm in English, and I'm gratefully taking the 4-4 option, to stay sane with fewer papers to grade. But how unusual is this arrangement? How many other CCs will allow a 4-4 load? I live in an expensive state and would love to move to a cheaper one, so I'm wondering, if I am able to get another job at a CC, how likely is it I'll be teaching a 5-5? And how do English teachers manage to teach 5 courses a semester, many or all of which are writing-intensive?
May 17, 2007
Oberlin's next president has been general counsel at the University of Michigan.
November 28, 2006
Eszter Hargittai explains why some e-mail sent to professors will be ignored and offers tips on how to get your queries answered.  
November 15, 2005
It's great when the person who just hired you makes you feel special, writes Shari Wilson. But don't expect it to last.
July 11, 2005
Donald E. Hall writes that those with the ultimate faculty rank still have an obligation to help their departments.

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