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 on Academic Job
Getting on academic job

Where is the line forming for all those universities that want to have you on their faculty?

There is no such line, and given the increasing glut of terminal degree graduates, it is unlikely that this will soon change. To get hired, you have to sell yourself.

In this chapter, I first look at the decision that science Ph.D.s have to face: to post-doc or not to post-doc. Then I discuss how universities decide to hire someone and the criteria they use to make such a decision. Next I describe where academic job openings are listed and where you can learn of these openings, and then I argue that the most important factor in being hired is how you present ...

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