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Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Careers in Science and Engineering [Paperback]

by Richard M. Reis
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April 15, 1997 0780311361 978-0780311367 1
Tomorrow's Professor is designed to help you prepare for, find, and succeed at academic careers in science and engineering. It looks at the full range of North American four-year academic institutions while featuring 30 vignettes and more than 50 individual stories that bring to life the principles and strategies outlined in the book.

Tailored for today's graduate students, postdocs, and beginning professors, Tomorrow's Professor:

  • Presents a no-holds-barred look at the academic enterprise
  • Describes a powerful preparation strategy to make you competitive for academic positions while maintaining your options for worthwhile careers in government and industry
  • Explains how to get the offer you want and start-up package you need to help ensure success in your first critical years on the job
  • Provides essential insights from experienced faculty on how to develop a rewarding academic career and a quality of life that is both balanced and fulfilling
  • <NEW> Bonus material is available for free download at http://booksupport.wiley.com
At a time when anxiety about academic career opportunities for Ph.D.s in these field is at an all-time high, Tomorrow's Professor provides a much-needed practical approach to career development.

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Tomorrow's Professor Preparing For Academic Careers in Science and Engineering

"This (book) should be a major hit. There is no competition, there is a crying need, the book is interesting, well written, and comprehensive."
Michael Lightner, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Colorado at Boulder

"This book is a 'must read' for anyone considering or 'smack in the middle' of an academic career. In particular, the incorporation of advice from those in the field makes it unique and invaluable."
Kim Needy, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh

"Simply the best book on the market for scientists; comprehensive, analytical and broad in focus."
Anne J. MacLachlan, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

Tomorrow's Professor is designed to help you prepare for, find, and succeed at academic careers in science and engineering. It looks at the full range of North American four-year academic institutions while featuring 30 vignettes and more than 50 individual stories that bring to life the principles and strategies outlined in the book. Tailored for today's graduate students, postdocs, and beginning professors, Tomorrow's Professor:

  • Presents a no-holds-barred look at the academic enterprise
  • Describes a powerful preparation strategy to make you competitive for academic positions while maintaining your options for worthwhile careers in government and industry
  • Explains how to get the offer you want and start-up package you need to help ensure success in your first critical years on the job
  • Provides essential insights from experienced faculty on how to develop a rewarding academic career and a quality of life that is both balanced and fulfilling

At a time when anxiety about academic career opportunities for Ph.D.s in these field is at an all-time high, Tomorrow's Professor provides a much-needed practical approach to career development.

About the Author

Richard M. Reis is the Executive Director of the Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association and the Associate Director for Global Learning Partnerships in the Stanford University Learning Laboratory. Dr. Reis is also a consulting professor in both the Stanford University Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments. Among his many responsibilities is the teaching of a year-round seminar on preparing graduate students for academic careers in science, engineering, and business.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition (April 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0780311361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0780311367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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Reading this book brought back vivid memories of my own job hunt just a few years ago; of the time, energy, and preparation needed to get an academic position. The author mentions today's tight job market, and recommends that job seekers keep a broad view by not ruling out jobs in government or industry. The book is, however, a primer on obtaining a position in academe, and the preparation needed to succeed once you are there. Tomorrow's Professor is thoroughly researched, and covers just about every imaginable base in preparing someone for an academic career. It is well written and easily read. The first part of the book details the peculiar culture of a university, including its teaching, research, and service missions; its governing structure; and tenure. It confirms much of the anecdotal evidence about universities that I thought were particular to the schools that I was familiar with. In Part Two the author outlines the foundation necessary for gaining an academic position. Any student seriously considering a future career in academe must begin early on developing the research and teaching portfolio necessary to gain a coveted position. In research, it is important to begin publishing research papers, presenting results and making contacts at conference, and helping to obtain external support. For teaching, one must go beyond working as a teaching assistant, and start teaching one's own classes. For the current job seeker, the heart of the book is Part Three, where Reis outlines job identification and application strategies. The time and energy required to find out about a particular position and tailor one's application to fit the requirements is well worth the effort, he writes. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for any Ph.D. candidate in engineering January 9, 2007
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent overview of Ph.D. program goals, career options for Ph.D.s, and job search strategies. There's even a section on what to do in your early career on the tenure track. I'm in a position that gives me particular knowledge of the process, and still, this book is extremely useful. It provides multiple perspectives on the profession and addresses not only high-end research universities, but also liberal arts colleges with science programs and everything in-between.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful book ! January 21, 2007
By R. Bose
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book. I used it extensively as I prepared to apply for a faculty position in a science department. I strongly recommend it to anyone who would want to become a university professor in the future.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Reading this book brought back vivid memories of my own job hunt just a few years ago; of the time, energy, and preparation needed to get an academic position. The author mentions today's tight job market, and recommends that job seekers keep a broad view by not ruling out jobs in government or industry. The book is, however, a primer on obtaining a position in academe, and the preparation needed to succeed once you are there. Tomorrow's Professor is thoroughly researched, and covers just about every imaginable base in preparing someone for an academic career. It is well written and easily read. The first part of the book details the peculiar culture of a university, including its teaching, research, and service missions; its governing structure; and tenure. It confirms much of the anecdotal evidence about universities that I thought were particular to the schools that I was familiar with. In Part Two the author outlines the foundation necessary for gaining an academic position. Any student seriously considering a future career in academe must begin early on developing the research and teaching portfolio necessary to gain a coveted position. In research, it is important to begin publishing research papers, presenting results and making contacts at conference, and helping to obtain external support. For teaching, one must go beyond working as a teaching assistant, and start teaching one's own classes. For the current job seeker, the heart of the book is Part Three, where Reis outlines job identification and application strategies. The time and energy required to find out about a particular position and tailor one's application to fit the requirements is well worth the effort, he writes. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a faculty job... and so I read this book. November 14, 2010
By v33j
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I think this is a great book for anyone interested in a faculty position in science and engineering. It gives you the basics and teaches you things to look out for. I like how the author split the faculty search into different sections, going from the basics of academic institutions to helping you understand what to look for, how to prepare, and finally how to go beyond landing your dream job. Ideally, these books are best read in the year just prior to graduation, or even earlier. It is great overall!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for an academic job search December 8, 2009
Format:Paperback
In today's competitive job market, it is absolutely essential to have a book that will guide candidates through the academic job searching process. This book breaks down this complex process into a step-by-step guide with many tips and strategies along the way. With many personal stories from professors, readers will get a good idea about the challenges of the academic job search, as well as the faculty position itself.

One distinguishing feature of this book, is that the author also discusses how to prepare for an academic career, while maintaining the option of an industry or government position. This is particularly crucial for today's job applicants, since there are not enough jobs for all candidates. Finally, he also emphasizes the importance of a work-life balance and shares insights from faculty members on how to lead a rewarding life both inside and outside the university walls. Informative and inspiring!

Dora Farkas, Author, "The Smart Way to Your Ph.D.:200 Secrets from 100 Graduates"
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent overview
I was very pleased with this purchase. Reis gives a great overview of academia and the US university system. Read more
Published on August 12, 2007 by D. Cormode
2.0 out of 5 stars Obfuscated text, with an orotund tone
I was extremely disappointed with this book. The auther attempts to appear clever and sly, but ends up sounding verbose and grandiloquent. Blast!
Published on May 12, 2007 by Strongdog
2.0 out of 5 stars Does not say anything new
The book is designed as a guide for graduate students, post-docs, and non-tenured faculty looking for careers in academic science and engineering. Read more
Published on July 3, 2004 by Ragnarok Books
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed
A detailed description of what it is like being a professor. Many case studies to learn from.
Published on November 11, 2003 by Michael Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
A lot of good suggestions. You may not agree with them all, but it's nice to know the viewpoints of the author. Highly recommended for all aspiring academics.
Published on June 21, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful
This is not - as suggested by one reviewer - merely a dry encyclopedia. It is engaging and contains very good advice. Highly recommended.
Published on September 16, 2002 by Silvia Bunge
2.0 out of 5 stars A dry encyclopedia
I put this book on my wish list and received it as a gift, but ended up being sorely disappointed with it. Read more
Published on March 31, 2002 by Jason Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Postdoc, Ph.D. student, prospective Ph.D. student or Ph.D.
This book gives you both statistics and information, as well as excellent analysis. I read several books from National Academy Press ... Read more
Published on February 13, 2001 by Sarawoot Chittratanawat
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
This book is amazing. Reading it has helped me put together a fantastic CV and confidently gear up for a new year of job searching. Read more
Published on October 21, 1999 by whatwhatevs
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