Maybe you’d like to combine the two loves of your life, teaching and scholarship, and perhaps build a satisfying and profitable academic career, but you’re not sure if this is really what you want or how to go about it. Or maybe you’ve made up your mind but need some good advice on how to succeed. If so, this book is written for you. So You Want To Be a Professor begins with a discussion of jobs in academia and how to find them. Chapters cover a wide range of political skills for future academic success, including lecturing, organizing a course, meeting your first class, testing, maintaining a research program, and writing for publication. No other book provides such a practical overview of essential career-building skills. Even junior faculty will benefit from the advice in this engaging, comprehensive book.
Employment Opportunities in Academia
Let me be right up front with it. I believe in the basic goodness of the American higher educational system and would recommend a career in the professorate to anyone. But this book is not a propaganda piece for recruiting new professors. Instead, I try to describe the good as well as the ugly aspects of an academic career, and hope that you, the reader, will gain a deeper understanding of the career you are considering. I begin by describing the American educational system, and then discussing the employment opportunities within that system.
Chaos best describes the American university system. There is no such thing as a “typical American college” or “typical American university.” Each ...