Latest Chronicle Column: “The Best Problem: Dealing With More Than One Job Offer”

Chronicle publishes my latest “Career Confidential” column. David D. Perlmutter. “The Best Problem: Dealing With More Than One Job Offer.” Chronicle of Higher Education, May 10, 2013, pp. A35.

 “In the movie Broadcast News, William Hurt’s smooth character, rapidly promoted toward anchorman stardom, asks his less-successful schlumpy colleague, played by Albert Brooks: ‘What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?’

              Brooks replies: ‘Keep it to yourself.’

              Yes, it’s tough on the job market for tenure-track positions. Nevertheless, thousands of tenure-track offers are made every year across the disciplines, and contract negotiation is the important next step. But what if you get more than one offer, or anticipate another one? I have no national statistic on that occurrence, but I have experienced and heard from many department chairs that top candidates for assistant professorships often receive multiple offers.” [Read More]

 

“Summer Schedules” at Chronicle of Higher Education

My essay “Summer Schedules” appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, June 6, 2009. [online]. It is part of my regular column, “P&T Confidential.” The essay looks at how academics can balance work and life over the summer.

Originally posted July 3, 2009 at PolicyByBlog 

“Facebooking Your Way Out of Tenure” at Chronicle of Higher Education

My essay “Facebooking Your Way Out of Tenure” appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 3, 2009. [online]. It is part of my regular column, “P&T Confidential.” The essay (first of two parts) looks at how the vast new world of online social networks–Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, blogs, Twitter, etc.–has affected many parts of our lives, including promotion and tenure for academics. In part one I deal with how Facebook can negatively influence the way people, including those who will decide on your tenure bid, think about you. In part two, next month, I will outline tenure-friendly Facebooking activities.

 

Originally posted July 3, 2009 at PolicyByBlog

“Difference Between Dean and Professor” at Chronicle of Higher Education

My essay on the “The Decisive Difference Between Dean and Professor” was published in the Chronicle Review Section of the Chronicle of Higher Education, July 20, 2009.

Note excellent illustration–though I am not so good-looking and have not worn a tuxedo since my wedding!

 

Originally posted July 23, 2009 at PolicyByBlog

Perlmutter on “Facebooking for the Tenure Track”

My essay on “Facebooking for the Tenure Track” appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, September 4, 2009. [online]

Originally posted September 19, 2009 at PolicyByBlog

Perlmutter on “Journalism School eyes revised curriculum”

I was interviewed about the SJMC’s prospects and plans by the Daily Iowan: “Journalism School eyes revised curriculum.”

Originally posted October 9, 2009 at PolicyByBlog

Perlmutter on “Job Searching on the Job”

A new essay of mine was published: David D. Perlmutter. “Job Searching on the Job.” Chronicle of Higher Education, October 23, 2009. [online]. It’s mostly about the tactics of looking for a new job while already on the tenure track and asks: Whom should you tell about your job search, whom shouldn’t you tell, how, and why?

Originally posted October 30, 2009 at PolicyByBlog

Perlmutter on “Avoiding a ‘Nuclear Veto’ in Hiring”

Another essay in my “P&T Confidential” column appeared. David D. Perlmutter. “Avoiding a ‘Nuclear Veto’ in Hiring.” Chronicle of Higher Education, December 3, 2009. It’s about what I call the “nuclear veto” in hiring. You as a candidate may write or speak tens of thousands of words in your job-application materials, interviews, and presentations; 99.9 percent of your comments may find a favorable response with members of the hiring committee. But if you make one remark that hits a sour note, is misinterpreted, offends someone, or upsets some pet idea or theory, that single misstep can be fatal to your hiring…what can you do about it?

Originally posted January 18, 2010 at PolicyByBlog