Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year

Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year

by James M. Lang
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801895999
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Emily Toth

Jim Lang is a great guide whose warm, honest, funny, and poignant book will give advice and comfort to all panicked souls standing in front of a class for the first time, or wondering whether to speak at department meetings with senior professors who seem to know everything.

Emily Toth, Ms. Mentor from the Chronicle of Higher Education

Stanley Fish

A beautifully written book, part memoir, part meditation, part user's manual—all the parts held together by the personality and reflections of the author who is by turns exuberant, anxious, triumphant, rueful, and always immensely appealing. Anyone who has ever taught will find waiting on the pages of this book the shock, and pleasure, of recognition.

Stanley Fish, University of Illinois at Chicago

Lynn Sacco

May become the 'bible' for graduate students and new faculty. Lang's descriptions and analysis sparkle with warmth, humor, goodwill, and honesty. I found myself rooting for him, and viewed him as a mentor, turning the page looking for his very thoughtful advice. I would enthusiastically recommend this book to graduate students, adjunct professors, tenure-track and tenured faculty, and administrators.

Lynn Sacco, University of Tennessee

Dennis Baron

Jim Lang's account of the ups and downs of his first year of college teaching make me wish I had taken notes during my own first contact with the other side of the desk. That year was longer ago than I care to mention, but I found it suddenly before me with a vividness that I can only attribute to Lang's evocative writing.

Dennis Baron, University of Illinois

Ken Bain

With humor and pathos, Jim Lang tells a powerful story of his first year as a college teacher, offering a wealth of insights that will help graduate students and new faculty—and maybe even not-so-new faculty—learn to survive and flourish as good teachers. I came away with a renewed appreciation of the very real challenges and opportunities we face as educators.

Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do

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