Negotiating an Academic Job Offer

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

I’ve written about applying for jobs and given some tips about on-campus interviews.   I wanted to give some brief advice about what to do when you actually get a tenure-track job offer.   My advice will be pretty general, but with a few more specific things for science jobs like astronomy. First, celebrate.   It’s hard to […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »>

Follow Up on Martin Gaskell’s Lawsuit of the University of Kentucky

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I’ve had some time to read more about what is going on and think I’m getting a clearer picture.   Let me restate the basic issue with greater understanding than I did before. Martin Gaskell is an astronomer in my subfield, and a pretty good one, and someone I consider a friend.   He’s also pretty religious […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments »>

Rejected Astronomer Suing University of Kentucky over Religious Discrmination

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I was going to write about something else today, but saw this story about Martin Gaskell, a friend of mine.   There’s also a blurb at the Chronicle of Higher Education with a few really interesting comments.   Atheist blogger PZ Meyers has a post about the story, most of which I agree with, frankly, but I […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »>

Nine Tips for Success on the On-Campus Interview for Faculty Jobs

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I recently posted some thoughts and advice for landing a faculty job.   I didn’t mention much about what to do, and not do, on the actual live interview short-listed candidates get.   I’ll try to stay general, but my expertise is based on experiences on both sides of the process in the field of astronomy and […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments »>

Academic Careers and the “Two-Body Problem”

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

In physics, the two-body problem, two objects moving under mutual gravitational attraction, is solved analytically and completely.   No uncertainties.   Simple.   Undergraduates in upper-level mechanics do it all the time. In pursuing a career in academia, and going on my experiences in astronomy, the two-body problem that is much more challenging is having a relationship or […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments »>

How to Win at Science

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Warning: this post is practical advice for the individual and risks breeding cynicism toward science. I am a tenured professor of astronomy at the University of Wyoming, a category I research university where I enjoy a relatively low teaching load and decent pay, and where I lead a research group that has brought in close […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »>