From Student to Scholar: A Candid Guide to Becoming a Professor

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Steven M. Cahn's advice on the professorial life covers an extensive range of critical issues: how to plan, complete, and defend a dissertation; how to navigate a job interview; how to improve teaching performance; how to prepare and publish research; how to develop a professional network; and how to garner support for tenure. He deals with such hurdles as a difficult dissertation advisor, problematic colleagues, and the pressures of the tenure clock. Whether you are beginning graduate study, hoping to secure an academic position, or striving to build a professorial career, Cahn's insights are invaluable to traversing the thickets of academia.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Cahn (philosophy, Graduate Ctr., CUNY; Classics of Western Philosophy) draws on his decades of experience as a professor and administrator at a number of universities to provide a clear, concise, and informal guide to becoming a professor. Starting with the first day of graduate school and moving through the dissertation defense, job search, job interview, publication, teaching, and tenure process, Cahn dishes up no-nonsense advice that anybody who desires a career in academia should heed. This quick read is occasionally humorous and always to the point. It should be read, ideally in the first semester, by anyone in a Ph.D. program. Recommended for all academic libraries.
—Mark Bay

Metro Spirit - J. Edward Sumerau
A fabulous blueprint and guiding light for post-master's degree level students in the process of becoming scholars.
Metro Spirit
A fabulous blueprint and guiding light for post-master's degree level students in the process of becoming scholars.

— J. Edward Sumerau

College & Research Libraries News
Cahn hands out solid advice for graduate students who wish to pursue a career in academia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231145329
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2008
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven M. Cahn is professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs and then acting president. He has taught at Dartmouth, Vassar, New York University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Vermont, where he chaired the department of philosophy. His numerous books include Fate, Logic, and Time; The Eclipse of Excellence: A Critique of American Higher Education; and God, Reason, and Religion.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Graduate School 1

2 The Dissertation 7

3 Networking 17

4 The First Interview 25

5 Dramatis Personae 33

6 The Second Interview 39

7 Tenure 47

8 Teaching 53

9 Service 61

10 Research 65

Finale 73

Epilogue 75

Index 79

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