The Politics of Survival in Academia

Author: Lila Jacobs
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742523692
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This volume presents the personal accounts of African American, Asian American, and Latino faculty who describe in their 'narratives of struggles' the challenges they faced in order to become bona fide members of the United States Academy. These narratives show how survival and success require a sophisticated knowledge of the politics of academia, insider knowledge of the requirements of legitimacy in scholarly efforts, and a resourceful approach to facing dilemmas between cultural values, traditional racist practices, and academic resilience. The book also explores the empowerment process of these individuals who have created a new self without rejecting their 'enduring' self; the self strongly connected to their ethno/racial cultures and groups. Within the process of self -redefinition, this new faculty confronted racism, sexism, rejection, the clash of cultural values, and structural indifference to cultural diversity. The faculty recounts how they ultimately learned the skillful accommodation to all of these issues. It is through the analysis of survival and self-definition that faculty of color and women will establish a powerful foothold in the new academy of the twenty-first century.

American Academia and the Survival of Marxist Ideas

Author: Darío Fernández-Morera
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN:
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Fernbndez-Morera (comparative literature and Hispanic studies, Northwestern U.) has published widely on critical discourse, the cultural encounter between European and Amerindians, Spanish literature, and contemporary historical and cultural events in Latin America). Here he discusses the Marxist ap

A Guide to Academia

Author: Prosanta Chakrabarty
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470960418
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Explains the academic career path and guides the reader on a successful path from undergraduate to Assistant Professor.

Lifting a Ton of Feathers

Author: Paula J. Caplan
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442655267
Format: PDF
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Lifting a Ton of Feathers is not only a survival guide, it is also a destroyer of academic myths about women's career chances in the university, and a revelation of the catch-22 positions in which women find themselves. Caplan demonstrates that while many women believe that when they fail it is their fault, their fate is more likely to be sealed by their encounter with the male environment, and by the manner in which they are tossed about by it. She aims to help women avoid self-blame and understand the real sources of their problems. Readers will find the information about the mine-field of academia for women infuriating, but the means of telling it highly entertaining. Women account for more than half of all undergraduate students in the US and Canada, yet they make up only 10 per cent of faculty members at the level of full professor. What happens to women between freshman level, the tenure track, and the ensuing following professional years that keeps them out of the highest levels of academia? Paula Caplan is herself a veteran of the academic career struggle, and she sets out to explore this question with not only her own observations but also those of many women whom she has interviewed, and with a strong backing of established research. With these tools she provides a clear-eyed assessment of what women who have embarked on an academic career, and those who are considering it, may expect. Forewarned is forearmed, and Caplan presents a list of the forms that the maleness of the environment take: two of these are the conflict between professional and family responsibilities, and sexual harassment. In addition, her book offers advice on practical techniques of how to prepare a curriculum vitae, how to handle job interviews, and how to apply for promotions and tenure. A final chapter is a unique checklist which serves two purposes: to provide guidance in a search for a woman-positive institution and to give suggestions for ways individual women, and women in groups, can work to improve the situation at their own institutions.

Behind the Academic Curtain

Author: Frank F. Furstenberg
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022606624X
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More people than ever are going to graduate school to seek a PhD these days. When they get there, they discover a bewildering environment: a rapid immersion in their discipline, a keen competition for resources, and uncertain options for their future, whether inside or outside of academia. Life with a PhD can begin to resemble an unsolvable maze. In Behind the Academic Curtain, Frank F. Furstenberg offers a clear and user-friendly map to this maze. Drawing on decades of experience in academia, he provides a comprehensive, empirically grounded, and, most important of all, practical guide to academic life. While the greatest anxieties for PhD candidates and postgrads are often centered on getting that tenure-track dream job, each stage of an academic career poses a series of distinctive problems. Furstenberg divides these stages into five chapters that cover the entire trajectory of an academic life, including how to make use of a PhD outside of academia. From finding the right job to earning tenure, from managing teaching loads to conducting research, from working on committees to easing into retirement, he illuminates all the challenges and opportunities an academic can expect to encounter. Each chapter is designed for easy consultation, with copious signposts, helpful suggestions, and a bevy of questions that all academics should ask themselves throughout their career, whether at a major university, junior college, or a nonacademic organization. An honest and up-to-date portrayal of how this life really works, Behind the Academic Curtain is an essential companion for any scholar, at any stage of his or her career.

Tomorrow s Professor

Author: Richard M. Reis
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118387120
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Tomorrow's Professor is designed to help you prepare for, find, and succeed at academic careers in science and engineering. It looks at the full range of North American four-year academic institutions while featuring 30 vignettes and more than 50 individual stories that bring to life the principles and strategies outlined in the book. Tailored for today's graduate students, postdocs, and beginning professors, Tomorrow's Professor: Presents a no-holds-barred look at the academic enterprise Describes a powerful preparation strategy to make you competitive for academic positions while maintaining your options for worthwhile careers in government and industry Explains how to get the offer you want and start-up package you need to help ensure success in your first critical years on the job Provides essential insights from experienced faculty on how to develop a rewarding academic career and a quality of life that is both balanced and fulfilling NEW Bonus material is available for free download at http://booksupport.wiley.com At a time when anxiety about academic career opportunities for Ph.D.s in these field is at an all-time high, Tomorrow's Professor provides a much-needed practical approach to career development.

The Black Academic s Guide to Winning Tenure without Losing Your Soul

Author: Kerry Rockquemore
Publisher: Lynne Rienner Pub
ISBN: 9781588265883
Format: PDF, ePub
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Addressing head-on how power and the thorny politics of race converge in the academy, this guide is full of invaluable tips and hard-earned wisdom. Its aim is to help black academics thrive without losing their voices or their integrity.

Ms Mentor s Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia

Author: Emily Toth
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812208110
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In question-and-answer form, Ms. Mentor advises academic women about issues they daren't discuss openly, such as: How does one really clamber onto the tenure track when the job market is so nasty, brutish, and small? Is there such a thing as the perfectly marketable dissertation topic? How does a meek young woman become a tiger of an authority figure in the classroom-and get stupendous teaching evaluations? How does one cope with sexual harassment, grandiosity, and bizarre behavior from entrenched colleagues? Ms. Mentor's readers will find answers to the secret queries they were afraid to ask anyone else. They'll discover what it really takes to get tenure; what to wear to academic occasions; when to snicker, when to hide, what to eat, and when to sue. They'll find out how to get firmly planted in the rich red earth of tenure. They'll learn why lunch is the most important meal of the day.

The Compleat Academic

Author: Mark P. Zanna
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780898599497
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This volume is a collection of information about the concerns and problems of the beginning social scientist in the academic and nonacademic world. Covering topics from the senior graduate student's job search to the assistant professor's research and teaching experiences, this book serves as an official introduction to the "rules of the academic game."

Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt

Author: Kathryn Hume
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 1137068299
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Thiscandid bookdispenses essential advice for academic job hunters and gives them the skills and knowledge to land a job in the humanities. Fully revised and updated, this book offers a comprehensive look at the do's and don'ts of the application and interview process. Accounting for changes in both the economic climate and technology, Kathryn Hume provides indispensable tips and a variety of practical tools - sample interview questions, online resources, information on jobs abroad, and more.Here, advanced PhD students and job-seekers will find the tools to transform their mindset from student to faculty.