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.
Research and Scholarship
When a university interviews you for a job, the conversation often VA./ turns to how quickly you can win the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. After all, the Ph.D. degree is not a license to teach—it is a certificate attesting to your ability to perform independent scholarship at a high level.
In this chapter, I discuss the justification for the research bias of many universities. Then I discuss the decision we all have to make on what research or scholarly activity we want to undertake. Finally, I look at the question of funding for research, particularly in the sciences and in engineering.
As noted in Chapter 1, published research drives university administrators because this is how the ...