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.

On Becoming a Scholar: One Woman's Journey

On becoming a scholar: One woman's journey
Joan V.Gallos

If your graduate school experiences were like mine, they conveyed the requirements for success in academia: Publish often and appropriately, teach acceptably, make some service contribution to your institution and discipline, and strive for professional recognition through scholarly contributions. General guidelines abounded for the appropriate number of articles to publish, the kinds of journals to target, and “tenure-friendly” time frames for cementing a scholarly reputation. I logged in the appropriate number of hours with fellow graduate students before graduation, testing future projects, sharing ideas and plans, making sure I knew the appropriate ropes to skip. From the postdissertation trenches, everything seemed straightforward. So, doctorate in hand, I set out in 1985 ...

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