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Reimagining PhD Programs: Communication Training as a Catalyst for Student Success

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As a follow-up to my previous post on the lack of practical training in PhD programs, I want to offer some recommendations for PhD programs to improve students’ marketability in the PhD job market. It’s not enough to critique the system; we must propose actionable solutions. My recommendation to help students in the PhD job […]

Why Subject Matter Experts Are More Important Than Ever in the Age of AI

A survey of 1,000+ journalists on the state of journalism in 2024 by Muck Rack found that journalists consider subject matter experts (82%) and researchers (77%) the most credible sources. We lean on subject matter experts, expert opinion, and researchers to guide us through the complexities of the world. With your deep knowledge of the […]

How to be a Better Academic Writer? Take a Creative Writing Course.

Man is sitting at desk with a notebook in front of him, a pen in hand, and his phone next to the notebook. He is writing in a blank notebook by hand in his creative writing class as he learns how to be a better academic writer.

When one reflects on the question – how to be a better academic writer – I am sure a number of answers come up. Read more. Write more. Never write again. The idea of creative writing typically does not go hand-in-hand with academic writing, and for good reason. Academic writing is formulaic, passive, technical, and generally […]

Bridging the Gap: Unleashing the Power of Research Communication Through Reflexivity

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In the realm of research communication, especially within social sciences and humanities, effective communication isn’t just about transmitting information. It’s about fostering understanding, interpreting meaning, and building bridges with an audience.  A crucial aspect of research communication, especially in a time where disinformation and misinformation is rampant, and trust in science and our institutions is […]

Launch a Newsletter: Building Your Audience & Content Strategy (Part 2)

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This is part 2 in a series on how to launch a newsletter. You can read part I here – Beyond Journal Paywalls & Tweets: Launch A Newsletter (Part 1), where we talked about why.  In this post, we’ll cover the logistics on how to launch a newsletter!  Build Your Foundation  Define your Goal Before […]

Beyond Journal Paywalls & Tweets: Launch A Newsletter (Part 1)

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This is part 1 in a series on how to launch a newsletter. You can read Part 2 – Launch a Newsletter: Building Your Audience & Content Strategy – here Why Launch a Newsletter?  The traditional academic publishing landscape, with its lengthy peer-review processes and its paywalls, can feel isolating for scholars who want to […]

Don’t Get Lost in Translation: Communicating Complex Ideas to a Lay Audience

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For researchers and scholars, effectively communicating complex ideas can feel like an unbearable challenge. Reaching outside the ivory tower and talking with lay people may feel like a feat. How do you take highly complex, niche topics and translate them in a way that resonates with a wider lay audience while also maintaining the essence […]

DIY Book Launch for Scholars: Fast & Effective Strategies on a Budget

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Congratulations! You’ve just published a book – a culmination of years of research, writing, and passion are poured out onto the page. And maybe you’ve landed on this post because you’ve realized ‘oh sh!t, I am publishing a book and now I have to figure out how to get people to read it!’ Well, you’re […]

Adam Grant Knows What He is Doing With Those Tweet Posts on Instagram

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Is Sharing Your Tweets on Visual Platforms Like Instagram A Good Social Media Strategy? Adam Grant is a bestselling author with five books to his credit, Grant’s TED talks have garnered over 25 million views. He hosts the TED original podcast, “WorkLife.” Grant’s clientele includes Google, the NBA, and the Gates Foundation. He contributes to […]

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