SASS staff often come across writing and learning resources that are likely to be of interest to faculty and TAs, and we post these resources on this page. We are particularly interested in content related to aspects of academic writing, but we consider a variety of topics. If you are a faculty member, a post-doc, or a TA and you’ve found a resource that you think might suit this page, we invite you to send it with a brief explanation to

  • Teaching writing: Ideas and strategies (podcast episode, University of Alberta, 2018)
    The fourth episode of the Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies podcast. Also available on the University of Alberta’s Writing Across the Curriculum site. This podcast is directed at post-secondary instructors in all disciplines; instructors working in other contexts may also find it useful.
  • Powering up your resume for a nonfaculty job search (Inside Higher Ed, October 2018)
    “Many PhDs assume the first step in a nonfaculty job search is converting their academic CV into a resume. Yet the strongest resumes are written from scratch and are carefully crafted to appeal to a particular audience: the hiring manager. The same principles apply to resume writing as to all other forms of writing: reflect, research, then write.”
  • The lost art of concentration: Being distracted in a digital world (The Guardian, October 2018)
    “It is difficult to imagine life before our personal and professional worlds were so dominated and ‘switched on’ via smartphones and the other devices that make us accessible and, crucially, so easily distractible and interruptible every second of the day. … more and more experts are telling us that these interruptions and distractions have eroded our ability to concentrate.”
  • Tips from the other side: How to write the best graduate fellowship applications (Medium, September 2018)
    “Here are a few of my tips and tricks for both doing your best on the application and making it through the process with your self esteem intact, based on my experience applying and the excellent advice I received along the way.”
  • How to create a syllabus: Advice guide (The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2018)
    “As much as we exhort our students to Read The Syllabus, we ought to make sure we’re giving them something that’s actually worth reading. So without further ado: here’s how.”
  • A step-by-step guide to keeping track of grad school activities (University Affairs, August 2018)
    “My ‘master planning’ helped to balance laboratory work, courses, being a TA, eating good food, and having fun…a little thoughtful planning can prioritize your objectives and save you time in the long run.”
  • 10 tips for successful grant writing (The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 2018)
    “When professors advise early-career academics on grant writing, we often focus on the common mistakes and pitfalls. But up-and-coming researchers don’t just need advice on what not to do. They need to know what goes into a successful grant proposal, too.”
  • Poor-quality, predatory conferences prey on academics (University Affairs, March 2018)
    “Many publishers of deceptive or poor-quality academic journals have created a big sideline business organizing equally questionable academic conferences. Yet some professors don’t seem to be getting the message to stay away.”
  • Grammar webinars (Walden University’s Writing Center, n.d.)
    Although the webinars themselves don’t seem to be available, the transcripts are, with descriptions of slide content and speaker notes. They are intended to walk students through the structure, creation, and revision of different types of sentences with a focus on practical application of English grammar rules.