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mark a rayner: Breakthrough books and late bloomers

As a “late bloomer” (my first novel wasn’t published until I was 39 and I haven’t had that “breakthrough” book yet), this interactive infographic is kind of reassuring. I hope you enjoy it it too! Alltop loves a good bloomer. Source: Blinkbox Books

Exponential Book: What do you look for (part two)?

Having expounded in my previous post what kind of person I look for, when serving on the search committee for a tenure-track hire, now it is time to list the criteria that I adopt to try and spot my ideal candidate, as I go through application packages (APs). I am going to state upfront that, . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: What do you look for (part two)?

Exponential Book: What do you look for (part one) ?

I am a faculty member in a university physics department, who finds himself periodically involved in faculty searches and hires. How do I evaluate the curriculum vitae of an applicant for a tenure-track position? What do I look for, and what are the red flags? Does it really boil down to counting (first-authored) articles, impact . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: What do you look for (part one) ?

Exponential Book: Letter from the trenches

I have received a letter from a student who obtained his doctoral degree with me a few years ago, and after one postdoctoral appointment decided that their heart was really into teaching. They wrote me to let me know how things are going, and gave me permission of posting their letter here (I am withholding . . . → Read More: Exponential Book: Letter from the trenches