Tag Archives: Graduate Students

Surviving and Thriving in Organizational Politics (Part 2)

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, there are certain aspects to Surviving and Thriving, which includes learning leadership and having an effective network. Today, I want to look at three other points. Understanding “Expectations” Young leaders often run afoul of the administration of their units because they simply do not take the time to clearly […]

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Taking my 6th March Madness Blog Personally

My April blogs each year are my favorites. My first piece in 2011 talked about how few colleges most of us really know.  When we think of college, our archetypal view are of the 337 Division I schools large enough to field a team. I introduced a game that challenged you to consider some of the […]

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Going Off-Campus: How We Measure Success

Almost every organization has a mission. How we measure success toward that mission is a challenge. How do we, in the USC Rossier School, for example, know we’ve improved urban education, and how much improvement is “enough?” For my current, adopted home, CDER, what does “helping to ensure” access to safe and effective drugs mean? […]

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Today is International Women’s Day

Thursday, February 25, 2016 was the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau surf contest at Waimea Bay, North Shore Oahu. “The Eddie” as it is known, is a big wave surfing competition that is only held when waves in Waimea Bay top 20 feet and that hasn’t happened since 2009. The Eddie is held to […]

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

I entered into the UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship with the goal to write, research, and ultimately bolster my CV. The endgame was to obtain a tenure track position (in California).  Now as I write, I am deciding between offers that will start this summer and so in the event it might prove useful, I want […]

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On the Job Market

On the job market… These are stressful words for anyone looking for work. As a current postdoc looking for employment, I write to share what I’ve learned from this past semester of being in the thick of it. Starting Printing out the job call then reading it through with a highlighter and pen helps me. It […]

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Tips for Ph.D. Students Revisited

My last blog received positive feedback, so I decided to add a couple more tips for the end of the year. Rather than focusing on coursework, I thought it might be helpful to offer three broad suggestions about surviving the first couple of semesters in a Ph.D. program: 1) Try not to spread yourself too […]

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Going Off Campus: What Any Employee Wants

Part of the work I do with the FDA is helping units understand their scores on the annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The process we use is a series of focus groups with different levels of employees to explore the top and bottom ten items, according to their responses, from that survey. Over the last […]

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Don’t Confuse Me with the Facts – Higher Education’s Next Mission

Americans don’t seem too concerned with “Exaggerations.”  Donald Trump saw thousands of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the collapse of the World Trade Center.  Ben Carson is certain that the Biblical Joseph built the pyramids to store grain.  Birthers are certain that our president was born in Africa even after he produced a birth certificate issued in Hawaii.  We […]

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College Branding: An Oversimplification of Complex Institutional Identities?

When I was seventeen years old, I was one of approximately 150 eleventh and twelfth grade students selected to the Florida All-State Symphonic Band. During the week-long festival, a number of colleges and universities set up recruitment tables during a specified “College Night,” intending to bolster their music programs with students who had already demonstrated […]

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