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.

Advising and Mentoring

Advising and mentoring

Building the scaffolding to help students learn includes contact outside of class. Most often this is in the form of either informal or formal advising. In this chapter I discuss your responsibilities as an advisor to students.

Making Students Welcome

Your first job, as an advisor or as a mentor to graduate students, is to make sure that your students find it comfortable to come to you for advice. Often, students, especially freshmen, do not want to come to your office (that inner sanctum where unspeakable satanic rites are performed) but want to seek you out in less formal settings. One of these is before or after class. Good advisors will therefore make it a point to come early to a class ...

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