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"Adventures in the Academy: Professors in the Land of Lincoln and Beyond captures well the joy, self-discovery and commitment of the academic

life as shared by professors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville… in each of these essays it will be evident that the academic's adventure is

characterized by a multitude of emotions and experiences ranging from joy to disappointment to satisfaction to restlessness. In the end, the academic

adventure remains a personal path to experience and share…"

--from the forward by Paul Ferguson, SIUE Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Julie Hopwood, Assistant to the Provost for Policy and Communication.

About the Author

LARRY LAFOND is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

CHARLES BERGER is Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

ALDEMARO ROMERO is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979849918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979849916
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,925,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Recent Grad on January 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
For many students the life of a university professor seems rather simplistic. Get a degree, find a teaching job, get assigned to a specific course load, read the book for that course and let the teaching begin. Students fail to realize that these individuals whom they call professors come with a rich, extensive, and diverse history acquired along the path they followed to become `that professor in front of the classroom'. Many university professors actually design the classes (and write the books) with which they teach from based on extensive research in their respective fields such as in the Catacombs of Rome or in the language of a small clan in Nigeria.

This book, Adventures in the Academy, is an extremely interesting read and details the vibrant history of numerous professors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to see beyond the first glance at the life of a university professor because they will be amazed at what they discover!
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By GabbyGrace on February 22, 2011
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As an SIUE student who is familiar with a few of these professors, I find the essays to be very insightful. After reading "Adventures in the Academy," I now have a better understanding of why they are the way they are.

Also, I am graduating in May and planning on pursuing my education. Their stories are helpful and thought provoking as I begin what is to be the rest of my life. I believe my favorite essay was Dr. Duff Wrobbel's. His story was about three things: his job as a father, being a "tree hugger," and being an academic. It shows, contrary to any students beliefs, not all professors are stuffy and "superior" to their students. Some know how to make learning fun.

This book has me intrigued to see what adventures I will have on my way to becoming an academic.
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By Joyful Nana on January 21, 2011
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This book is about more than a group of university professors. It is about being happy and successful doing what one is passionate about doing. These professors have all pursued a passion: for one it was acting, for some it is still teaching and learning from students, and several were passionate about seeking truth and justice for those unable to do so for themselves. Almost all gained the most insight and success when they left their comfort zones. Many of their paths to their current successful status were full of twists and turns. Yet, they all persevered. This book could be motivational for those trying to find their own ways through academia in pursuit of their own degrees.
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Fun and fascinating read! Takes you the "behind the scenes" of the lives of university professors. If you are currently attending a university, it is likely to make you look at your professors in a whole new light and want to get to know what adventures they have experienced.
An Easy and fast read, I recommend this book to anyone considering a career in academia or curious about the secret lives of professors. If you thought teaching was just about standing in front of a group of bored students, think again! Warning: this book may change your career choice.
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