Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia / Edition 1by Emily Toth
Pub. Date: 05/28/1997
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
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.
Ms. Mentor is brave, warm, and irreverent, especially when she describes the academic rituals she loathes: peacocking, the sexist stutter step, the early administration trap. She denounces invidious and bigoted behavior, and shows worthy readers how to improve their S. Q. (Schmooze Quotient). Ms. Mentor's readers will learn all about savage memos and deans to watch out for. They'll learn why lunch is the most important meal of the day.
Ms. Mentor's wisdom grows out of many a real-life experience: she guarantees that some readers will squirm. She lavishly dispenses witty advice, and valuable information, while despising psychobabble, postcomprehensible jargon, and pontifications by anyone other than herself. She also insists that sisterhood is, and must be, powerful.
"A genuine contribution to understanding how the professions of academe function (or don't) and how to negotiate successfully a career path in research and teaching."
--Annette Kolodny, University of Arizona
Ms. Mentor receives all her mail via Emily Toth, Professor of English and Women's Studies, at Louisiana State University.
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Table of Contents
Graduate School: The Rite of Passage
The Job Hunt
The Conference Scence
First Year on the Job
The Perils and Pleasures of Teaching
When Cultures Collide
Muddles and Puzzles
Slouching Toward Tenure
Emerita: The Golden Years
Bibliography: Women in Academia and Other Readings Sampled by Ms. Mentor
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