Free webinars on academic career advancement? Yes please!

The start of the academic year is when we all need to build our calendars so we can keep everything straight — when are my classes? when are my committee meetings? when are my hot yoga workouts?







OK, maybe not hot yoga. But when our calendar gets busy, it can be hard to remember to fit in some opportunities for professional development — especially in areas that don’t always hit our day-to-day schedule, like article writing and professional career management. That’s why jumping on opportunities while the academic year is young can be helpful — and that’s where Augie Prof in Progress comes in handy.

We here at APP love free. So when the fine folks at Academic Coaching and Writing offer free webinars on topics like writing articles and book proposals, managing your tenure clock and academic “brand,” even research tips for dissertators, I’ve gotta pass it on.

So register for your free webinars… and I’ll see you in Zumba class.








Here’s a preview of the 12 webinars in our Free ACW Fall Webinar Series. These are topics you’ve been asking about again and again. Sign up to reserve your space.

Academic Publishing

Writing a Journal Article: How to Move from Evidence to Argument

September 11, 2014

This webinar will address the fundamentals of crafting successful article submissions in the sciences and social sciences. REGISTER HERE

Writing an Academic Book Proposal

November 6, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to start the process of writing a successful book proposal and how to find the best press for your academic book. REGISTER HERE

Academic Coaching

Managing the Imposter Syndrome in Academia: How to Overcome Self-Doubt

September 25, 2014

Do you ever feel like an academic “imposter” or have negative thoughts about your capabilities? This webinar will help you rethink how you present yourself. REGISTER HERE

Getting in Sync With Your Tenure Clock

October 23, 2014

How do you create peace of mind when working against the tenure clock? Learn strategies to create a tenure plan and rethink your relationship to your tenure process. REGISTER HERE

Developing an Academic Support Network

November 20, 2014

Have you found an academic team that will support you on your academic journey? Learn how to grow your network and ask for support. REGISTER HERE

Academic Branding

Academic Branding: Improving Your Visibility, Network, and Career Opportunities

September 17, 2014

Academic branding puts you in the driver’s seat, allowing you to tell the story you want to tell about yourself, your scholarship, and your leadership. REGISTER HERE

Conducting an Academic Job Search with Clarity, Positivity, and Resilience

October 1, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to manage the uncertainty of an academic job search in ways that increase your clarity, positivity, and resilience. REGISTER HERE

Designing Your Online Presence to Promote Your Academic Persona

October 15, 2014

This webinar will introduce you to the most popular online platforms and tools and help you decide which ones to use to promote yourself and your academic work. REGISTER HERE

Dissertation Proposal Writing

Finding and Focusing Your Dissertation Topic: Setting Out on Your Dissertation Journey

August 14, 2014

Finding a topic that you are passionate about will sustain you as you traverse the various obstacles that lie ahead on your dissertation journey. REGISTER HERE

The Dissertation Proposal: Putting the Pieces Together

September 18, 2014

Completing a proposal is like doing a jigsaw puzzle with 1000 pieces. In this webinar you will learn how to put the pieces together. REGISTER HERE

The Review of Literature: Finding Your Way Out of the Literature Fog

October 16, 2014

In this webinar you will learn how to begin the literature review, organize your materials, decide when you’ve read enough, and synthesize the research. REGISTER HERE

Selecting a Research Design that Aligns with Your Research Question

November 13, 2014

This webinar offers a crash course in understanding research methods and how to align them with your topic and research question. REGISTER HERE

Visit for more information.


Dr. Sally
Academic Coaching and Writing
Phone: 760.635.1545



Who doesn’t love free books?

At the end of the academic year, we all get overwhelmed with grading final exams and papers, scrambling to finish projects, and trying to make plans for the summer. Once the hullabaloo is finished, who doesn’t like to stretch out on the porch or the beach on a sunny day and read something you actually want to read?

While the purpose of this blog isn’t unsolicited advertising, you know I love free. And this is a great offer.

During the month of May, Routledge is offering “free to view” monograph research books via their Routledge Library Channel. I’ve got my eye on a book about the origins of visual American icons –looks neat!

Here are the subject areas they’re offering — check it out, and read something interesting after your final grades are turned in!

Best outcomes for interdisciplinary goals: Double-down on silos?

I teach and research in Communication Studies, which has been described both as an academic discipline and an interdisciplinary field. Even those who insist on the “discipline” label as a matter of scholarly identity will admit that the discipline is internally quite “interdisciplinary”: there are not only numerous and diverse sub-fields (e.g., relational/interpersonal, organizational, rhetoric and public address, mass communication, cultural media studies, etc.), but numerous and diverse approaches to study (e.g., close textual analysis, qualitative ethnography, quantitative content and audience analyses, experimental design, etc.). One of the things I love about my discipline is the potential it has to put diverse scholars in conversation with one another in areas of common interest — for me, for example, political communication, media studies or visual communication. But like any discipline, it has its devotees of narrow research silos as well. And these folks are often accused of insularity and an unwillingness (perhaps an incapacity?) to speak to others outside their silo when cross-silo collaboration should be encouraged.

Moreover, some of my best friends are in interdisciplinary area studies! (How’s that for a backhanded compliment?) Fields such as gender studies, Africana studies, environmental studies and so on are rich with possibility not just for interdisciplinary research, but for teaching and public advocacy as well. And the growing economic and social pressures on colleges and universities have sometimes led to the encouragement of interdisciplinary collaboration for scholars in disciplines whose silos are having difficulty meeting market demand in areas such as student enrollment (he said with some distaste).

But while interdisciplinarity is enjoying a moment of seemingly uncontroversial approval in higher education, the champions of academic disciplines are pushing back… and with some compelling reasons. From my tomorrows-professor e-mail listserv (have you subscribed yet?), here’s a provocative piece originally in Inside Higher Ed (which you should also follow… details below).


The posting below offers a counter argument to the emphasis on interdisciplinary research in higher education. It is by Scott Jaschik and it appeared in the February 26, 2014 issue of Inside Higher Ed, an excellent – and free – online source for news, opinion and jobs for all of higher education. You can subscribe by going to: Also for a free daily update from Inside Higher Ed, e-mail <>. Copyright 2014 Inside Higher Ed. Reprinted with permission.

Rick Reis  (

A Call to Embrace Silos

Everyone, it seems, wants to promote interdisciplinary work. College and university presidents love to announce new interdisciplinary centers. Funders want to support such work. Many professors and graduate students bemoan the way higher ed places them in silos from which they long to free themselves, if only they could get tenure for interdisciplinary work.

Jerry A. Jacobs, a professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, wants to end the interdisciplinary love fest. His new book, In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University (University of Chicago Press), challenges the conventional wisdom that academe needs to get out of disciplines to solve the most important problems and to encourage creative thinking. The most significant ideas (including those related to problems that cross disciplines) in fact come out of specialized, discipline-oriented work, Jacobs argues. Further, he says that the idea that disciplines don’t communicate right now is overstated — and that such communication can be encouraged without weakening disciplines.

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When to write? Finding the best time for your intellectual workout

I work out early in the morning. At times this decision feels like a painful one — usually in the 5-10 minutes after the alarm goes off. Once I’m past that pernicious obstacle, I can (usually) get it done, and then I feel a lot better the rest of the day. On those occasions when I’ve “postponed” the workout until the afternoon or evening after work, it pretty much never happens. I feel more tired, and/or other activities (family, work, Netflix, PlayStation) win my attention, and next thing you know the conductor of my evening train has punched my ticket to Rationalizationville.

As many of us likely feel, writing can feel like exercise: it’s good for us, and we feel great after a successful attempt, but it’s difficult to “find the time” and feel emotionally ready for the biggest obstacle: making the decision to commit to the first 5-10 minutes of the workout.

Jolie Jensen, a communication scholar (excellent!) from the University of Tulsa writes in Vitae about how to think about the relationship between our personal energy levels and work productivity, and provides some tips for finding the best time for your intellectual workout. Feel the burn!


The Hidden Key to Productivity: Getting Smart About Energy

Jolie Jensen, University of Tulsa

March 14, 2014

Want to swap writing strategies? We’re starting a discussion group on scholarly writing. Join us! Start a discussion of your own.

If you’re like most academic writers, you don’t pay much attention to the way your energy levels fluctuate as you work. Instead you just keep pushing yourself to get through the day.

What you may not realize: Protecting your energy is key to academic productivity. Sure, it is important to use techniques to connect effectively with your project and to schedule frequent, low-stress, high-reward times to write. And it helps to have an inviting, orderly workspace with “a door that closes.” But once you’ve tamed your project, and secured writing time and space for it, you still need to learn how to make the most of those periods of the day when you tend to be most productive.

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