Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year / Edition 1

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In this fast-paced and lively account, Jim Lang asks—and mostly answers—the questions that confront every new faculty member as well as those who dream of becoming new faculty members: Will my students like me? Will my teaching schedule allow me time to do research and write? Do I really want to spend the rest of my life in this profession? Is anyone awake in the backrow?

Lang narrates the story of his first year on the tenure track with wit and wisdom, detailing his moments of confusion, frustration, and even elation—in the classroom, at his writing desk, during his office hours, in departmental meetings—as well as his insights into the lives and working conditions of faculty in higher education today. Engaging and accessible, Life on the Tenure Track will delight and enlighten faculty, graduate students, and administrators alike.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Adjunct Advocate - Dr. Erica Dreifus

Lang is a wonderfully engaging writer... he's obviously deeply committed to the craft of teaching and the craft of writing.

Academic Matters - Rebecca Manley

Faculty at all levels will recognize their own experiences somewhere in this short, perceptive, and ultimately entertaining account of academic life.

Journal of Higher Education - Alan E. Bayer

Lang demonstrates that there are many largely universal survival struggles and self-doubts which are shared in common by most of us embarking on a new career in the academy.

Change - Mary Taylor Huber

Offers a lively report on how it looks and feels to shoot the academic rapids today.

College English - Patricia Donahue

I would not be surprised if [ Life on the Tenure Track] became one of the texts distributed by teaching and learning centers to new assistant professors at orientation workshops. It would serve them well.

Teaching Theology and Religion - Mark Hulsether

An interesting and accessible narrative.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801881039
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: 20
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,074,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Lang is an assistant professor at Assumption College.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Prologue : before (and after) the beginning 1
August : beginning 10
September : teaching 23
October : writing 39
November : serving 52
December : grading 68
January (and a bit of February) : hiring 83
February : living 98
March : relating 113
April : figuring it out, parts one & two 129
May : housecleaning 144
June : settling in (or just settling?) 158
July : affirming 172
Epilogue : August redux, beginning again 179
Resources for first-year faculty : a brief annotated selection 183
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