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.

Getting Fired
Getting fired

The Bath Iron Works, Maine's largest employer, is one of only two American shipyards capable of building naval vessels.1 The executives of Bath Iron Works (BIW) were meeting with Navy personnel over the bidding process for the construction of five new destroyers. The executives were nervous. BIW needed this contract to stay in business.

At the conclusion of the meeting, a Navy consultant inadvertently left behind a confidential report that outlined the bidding procedures of the Bath Iron Works and its competitor. This document contained all the numbers BIW needed to prepare a successful proposal, because it was now able to predict how its competitor would structure its bid.

The document reached the desk of William Haggett, BIW's chief executive officer, who immediately realized ...

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