From Student to Professor: Translating a Graduate Degree into a Career in Academia

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From Student to Professor is the doorway through which readers experience graduate school life, from both sides of the lectern. This guide not only discusses how students may adjust and succeed in graduate school; it also prepares them to enter a career in academia.

Providing a broad perspective on the professoriate, Mullen offers readers a visual map of the entire graduate school experience, navigational prompts, case studies, anecdotes, glossaries, and updated resources in ...

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Overview

From Student to Professor is the doorway through which readers experience graduate school life, from both sides of the lectern. This guide not only discusses how students may adjust and succeed in graduate school; it also prepares them to enter a career in academia.

Providing a broad perspective on the professoriate, Mullen offers readers a visual map of the entire graduate school experience, navigational prompts, case studies, anecdotes, glossaries, and updated resources in order to best understand vital issues that affect graduate students and professors: learning productively within groups, developing effective marketing and networking strategies, creating successful student-centered programs, and establishing digital learning relationships in the academy.

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Editorial Reviews

Thomas G. Nelson
Carol Mullen has done it again! From Student to Professor will no doubt become an essential reference book in every graduate student's personal library. Brilliantly written, this volume speaks clearly about the many decisions required of doctoral students in navigating the often-stormy waters of mentor/mentee relationships inherent in graduate research environments. Through her history of commitment to graduate student success, Carol is now providing a far-reaching audience with her insights into the dynamic and transformational nature of mentoring relationships within the academy. I highly recommend this book to all graduate students and to all faculty members dedicated to bringing out the best in their collaborative inquiries.
Sharan B. Merriam
The reader fortunate enough to come in contact with Carol Mullen's new book, From Student to Professor, will soon realize that the text is so written as to function as a mentor in and of itself. Through an opening case scenario, each chapter explores some aspect of mentoring in higher education and includes lessons learned, practical, reflective exercises, and a glossary of terms for engaging the material. And like a good mentor, the warmth and support of the author radiates from the pages. Regardless of one's role in the academy or how experienced in mentoring one may or may not be, there is much to be learned in this exceedingly readable, yet well-researched guide to mentorship. In short, Dr. Mullen demystifies graduate education for both students and faculty as she explores the process of becoming successfully mentored and of mentoring effectively. This book is a 'must read' for new graduate students and for faculty dedicated to facilitating academic progress and professional development.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610489034
  • Publisher: R&L Education
  • Publication date: 8/6/2012
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 10.03 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol A. Mullen, PhD, is professor and chair of educational leadership and cultural foundations at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has won awards for excellence in teaching and research, and is an internationally known scholar in mentoring and graduate education. Mullen is the co-author of Educational Leadership at 2050: Conjectures, Challenges, and Promises and author of Climbing the Himalayas of School Leadership: The Socialization of Early Career Administrators.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Foreword by Dale L. Brubaker
Acknowledgments
Preface: Knocking on the Academy’s Door
Introduction: Inside the Academy’s Doors

Part I: Getting Started: Strategies and Options
1 Creating Mentoring Maps of the Academy
2 Seeking Help from Program Faculty and Peers
3 Finding Out about Resources and Opportunities

Part II: Becoming Immersed: Relating and Learning
4 Making Every Minute and Day Count
5 Joining Mentoring Networks and Programs
6 Practicing Mutuality and Reciprocity

Part III: Emerging Prepared: Networks and Markets
7 Gaining Disseminating and Publishing Skills
8 Overcoming Job Marketing Obstacles
9 Executing Resilient Mentoring Agendas
10 Digital Networking as an Academic Entrepreneur

Postscript: Closing the Academy’s Door

Appendixes
Appendix A: Program Do’s for Thesis/Dissertation Writers
Appendix B: Reflecting Student Input in a Faculty Supporting Letter
Appendix C: Initiating Communications with Graduate Program Committee
Appendix D: Documenting Changes on a Graduate Defense Form
Appendix E: Listing Amendments on a Dissertation/Thesis Review Form
Appendix F: Cover Letter Accompanying Manuscript Submission
Appendix G: Summary of Changes Accompanying Reworked Paper
Appendix H: Brief Review of a Paper Submitted to a Journal
Appendix I: Cover Letter for an Assistant Professor Position

References and Resources (print and nonprint)
Index
About the Author

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