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.
Organizing a Course
Inexperienced instructors are often asked to teach a standard course with prescribed content, a standard text, and specified course structure. This leaves little room to organize a course that has your own trademark. Let us assume, however, that you are given nothing but a topic to teach, or better yet, you are given the freedom to develop your very own course from scratch. In this chapter, I discuss how you would approach organizing and designing such a course.
How do you decide what topics to include in the course? Start by developing a goal statement for the course. At the end of the course, what do you want students to be able to do? Once you have ...