This invaluable source book offers guidance, support and advice for those contemplating or involved in academic careers. The contributions provide rich, personal, sometimes poignant and often humorous accounts of shared and unique experiences of those in the world of academia.
The initial rhythms in an academic's life are likely to revolve around two fundamental crafts: teaching courses to students and starting to carve out a career as a researcher. In some schools, the primary (even the only) task is to teach, whereas in others it is to do research. Finding one's way as a teacher, getting one's research project or program under way, getting one's work published (this can apply to teaching as well as to research), and beginning to work with doctoral students are all part of the early years of activity for scholars in most academic settings. For most scholars, getting tenure based on research and/or teaching performance is the major career objective of this period. Doing all this and ...