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.
Learning to Teach
For many years, educators believed that the learning process was one of writing useful information on a blank slate in a student's mind—the tabula rasa theory. Effective teaching simply employed the most efficient transfer of this information.
Modern educational theory has pretty much debunked this notion. Students do not just receive information; they also construct knowledge in their minds, basing it on what is already there, and using the new information to make connections and create new concepts. The objective of teaching is therefore to help students learn. This concept has revolutionized the teaching profession, particularly at the K through 12 level. Universities have been much slower to change traditional teaching techniques.
In this chapter, I first discuss how students learn, what ...