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From The CriticsReviewer: Maria G. Tanzi, Pharm.D.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy)
Description: "This book, written by various pharmacy faculty members, is designed to discuss the trials and tribulations they endured during their first few years in academe. Written in an informal style, the book makes readers feel as if they are having an intimate conversation with the authors. "
Purpose: The purpose is to discuss the opportunities and challenges faced by new pharmacy faculty with specific discussions of the tenure process, teaching responsibilities, and service/clinical component.
Audience: The book is a truly enjoyable read that is targeted toward current and future faculty, senior colleagues, and pharmacy administrators.
Features: "Six pharmacy faculty members from various fields including medicinal chemistry, ambulatory care, and pharmacy administration discuss issues that are commonly encountered by new pharmacy faculty. The authors relate their views on research, teaching, and service to the college/community. Specifically, they discuss the structure of their departments and how this structure plays into collegiality and university interface. Additionally, they discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding the development and funding of novel research programs and the pressures of publication. Each of the authors also highlights the benefits of having a career mentor and the need to establish a mentoring program for junior faculty. "
Assessment: The authors of each passage discuss their personal experiences of having a career in academia in an informal, natural writing style. These real-life experiences make the book an extremely interesting read. All faculty members, junior and senior, will enjoy reading these personal accounts and will find themselves relating to numerous issues faced by the authors.