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.
Some senior teachers are fond of referring to the teachable moment, or that instant when the student is ready to absorb some kernel of knowledge. Unhappily, such teachable moments do not come all that often, but the occasional ones provide a feeling of satisfaction comparable to a perfect chip shot to the green.
Often such teachable moments do not come in the classroom but during incidental contact with students. In one case, I was speaking to a particularly obnoxious undergraduate in my office concerning a minor ethical violation. He decided to challenge me and asked with a smirk, “Why shouldn't I cheat?”
I recognized the teachable moment, but I was not fully prepared to answer him. His is a difficult question, actually. He could ...