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.
About half of all the faculty in 4-year colleges have never published a scholarly paper in a professional journal.1 But that is an irrelevant statistic. Research, scholarship, and publishing are required of all young professors at 4-year universities. This is also becoming true for teaching colleges, community colleges, or 2-year colleges. Even though these non-research institutions might not demand publication, you will quickly discover that those who publish receive the promotions and pay increases. Regardless of the academic job, it is greatly advantageous to publish.
You should start publishing early. When you graduate with a Ph.D., you should have several publications already in press or in the can. Such publications can be a strong argument during your job search. Experience has shown that if new ...