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The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School through Tenure Paperback – January 15, 2001
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With a perpetually tight job market in the traditional academic fields, the road to an academic career for many aspiring scholars will often be a rocky and frustrating one. Where can they turn for good, frank answers to their questions? Here, three distinguished scholars--with more than 75 years of combined experience--talk openly about what's good and what's not so good about academia, as a place to work and a way of life.
Written as an informal conversation among colleagues, the book is packed with inside information--about finding a mentor, avoiding pitfalls when writing a dissertation, negotiating the job listings, and much more. The three authors' distinctive opinions and strategies offer the reader multiple perspectives on typical problems. With rare candor and insight, they talk about such tough issues as departmental politics, dual-career marriages, and sexual harassment. Rounding out the discussion are short essays that offer the "inside track" on financing graduate education, publishing the first book, and leaving academia for the corporate world.
This helpful guide is for anyone who has ever wondered what the fascinating and challenging world of academia might hold in store.
About the Author
John Komlos is a professor of economics, chair of the Institute of Economic History, and a former chair of the economics department at the University of Munich.
Penny Schine Gold is a professor of history at Knox college and past chair of the Women's Studies Program.
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Top Customer Reviews
Also, the conversational style of dialog between the three professors straight-up bugs me, like they couldn't find an editor to synthesize their opinions in a clear fashion. Sometimes the attribution of stories and experiences to the particular professor is good, but most of the time, it's just distracting.
Good points are things like the major major concern about going for all kinds of funding and not racking up a hundred thousand dollars in student loans if you're not in law or medical school. Also problems of being a female academic and balancing career track with marriage/family goals.
So in all, good advice, but you really have to wade through the tedious conversational style to get to the gems. (Now some people might like that format, but ask any good ethnographer- you shouldn't include every single part of what people say when you write up your research.)
This book was a very big help in making that decision. The multiple perspectives from all 3 authors helps place the emphasis on the fact that you need to weigh all the factors to make these decisions about your academic career.
After seeing some of the positives and negatives of academic life in this book, I am convinced that the positives of what I can do in my career will far outweigh the negatives. And in the future, I will be able to refer back to this book when I need to be reminded of things about the dissertation, the job search, etc.
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I wish I had bought this book when I first started graduate school. But know I can recommend it to my students as a general guide for scientists in training.Published 22 months ago by scientista
This book is indispensable for those considering a PhD. Much of the academy is shrouded in mystery and informal processes that seem almost mystical. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by cMarier
This slim volume gives direct and friendly advise on how to succeed in the academic pipeline. The writing is clear, informative, and honest, giving an insiders view on what to... Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by mapman