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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.

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Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus is a unique and essential guide to the start of a successful academic career. As its title suggests (nothing in excess), it advocates moderation in ways of working, based on the single-most reliable difference between new faculty who thrive and those who struggle. By following its practical, easy-to-use rules, novice faculty can learn to teach with the highest levels of student approval, involvement, and comprehension, with only modest preparation times and a greater reliance on spontaneity and student participation. Similarly, new faculty can use its rule-based practices to write with ease, increasing productivity, creativity, and publishability through brief, daily sessions of focused and relaxed work. And they can socialize more successfully by learning about often-misunderstood aspects of academic culture, including mentoring. Each rule in Advice for New Faculty Members has been tested on hundreds of new faculty and proven effective over the long run — even in attaining permanent appointment. It is the first guidebook to move beyond anecdotes and surmises for its directives, based on the author's extensive experience and solid research in the areas of staff and faculty development. For new teachers.

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Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihul Nimus is a unique and essential guide to the start of a successful academic career. As its title suggests (nothing in excess), it advocates moderation in ways of working, based on the single-most reliable difference between new faculty who thrive and those who struggle.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index.

About the Author

Frank F. Furstenberg is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books, most recently Destinies of the Disadvantaged: The Politics of Teenage Childbearing

Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction: Why New Professors Need Timely Advice.

1.MODERATE WORK AT TEACHING.

Wait.

Begin Before Feeling Ready.

Prepare and Present in Brief, Regular Sessions.

Stop.

Moderate Overattachment and Overreaction.

Moderate Negative Thinking and Strong Emotions.

Let Others Do Some of the Work.

Moderate Classroom Incivilities.

Summary and Extension of the Nihil Nimus Approach to Teaching.

2.Write in Mindful Ways.

Rationale for a Mindful Approach to Writing.

Wait.

Begin Before Feeling Ready.

Prepare and Present in Brief, Regular Sessions.

Stop.

Moderate Overattachment and Overreaction.

Moderate Negative Thinking and Strong Emotions.

Let Others Do Some of the Work.

Moderate Classroom Incivilities.

A Summary of Chapter 2 and its Mindful Ways of Writing.

3.Socialize and Serve with Compassion.

Introduction: Why Compassion Is Ultimately Important.

Learn about Academic Culture, Early, Patiently.

Let Others Do Some of Your Work.

Combine Self-Service with Service for Others.

General Summary: Catalog Sujmary of Nihil Nimus Rules.

Sources.

Appendix: Readings by the Numbers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205281596
Author:
Boice, Robert
Publisher:
Pearson
Author:
Furstenberg, Frank F., Jr.
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Administration
Subject:
Audiology & Speech Pathology
Subject:
College teachers
Subject:
College teaching
Subject:
Professional socialization.
Subject:
College personnel management.
Subject:
Administration - General
Subject:
College teachers -- United States.
Subject:
College personnel management -- United States.
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago Guides to Academic Life
Series Volume:
105-7
Publication Date:
January 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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"Synopsis" by , Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus is a unique and essential guide to the start of a successful academic career. As its title suggests (nothing in excess), it advocates moderation in ways of working, based on the single-most reliable difference between new faculty who thrive and those who struggle. By following its practical, easy-to-use rules, novice faculty can learn to teach with the highest levels of student approval, involvement, and comprehension, with only modest preparation times and a greater reliance on spontaneity and student participation. Similarly, new faculty can use its rule-based practices to write with ease, increasing productivity, creativity, and publishability through brief, daily sessions of focused and relaxed work. And they can socialize more successfully by learning about often-misunderstood aspects of academic culture, including mentoring. Each rule in Advice for New Faculty Members has been tested on hundreds of new faculty and proven effective over the long run — even in attaining permanent appointment. It is the first guidebook to move beyond anecdotes and surmises for its directives, based on the author's extensive experience and solid research in the areas of staff and faculty development. For new teachers.
"Synopsis" by , Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihul Nimus is a unique and essential guide to the start of a successful academic career. As its title suggests (nothing in excess), it advocates moderation in ways of working, based on the single-most reliable difference between new faculty who thrive and those who struggle.
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