What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School: 199 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career

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* 199 tips for getting your PhD and surviving and thriving in your first years of teaching
* Irreverent, but serious, guide to what higher education institutions are REALLY like
* Illustrated with original cartoons to bring the hints to life

Just landed your first faculty position? Close to getting your Ph.D., and planning a career in academe? Already in your first job? This insightful guide will help you achieve success.

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Overview

* 199 tips for getting your PhD and surviving and thriving in your first years of teaching
* Irreverent, but serious, guide to what higher education institutions are REALLY like
* Illustrated with original cartoons to bring the hints to life

Just landed your first faculty position? Close to getting your Ph.D., and planning a career in academe? Already in your first job? This insightful guide will help you achieve success.

What will academic life be like? How do you discover its tacit rules? Develop the habits and networks needed for success? What issues will you encounter if you’re a person of color, or a woman? How is higher education changing?

In 199 succinct, and often humorous but seriously practical hints, Paul Gray and David E. Drew share their combined experience of many years as faculty and (recovering) administrators to offer insider advice—the kind that’s rarely taught or even talked about in graduate school.

For instance, Gray and Drew advise you on what you can do to become known in your field and also to be humble about your Ph.D. They also warn you of the danger points along the Ph.D. path, and the possible stumbling blocks with litigious students. Their hints can cover topics as lofty as quantitative and qualitative methods and as mundane—but still as important—as negotiating campus parking.

For easy reference as you climb the academic ladder, the hints are divided into 15 short chapters and 4 appendices covering the stages and responsibilities of faculty life.

As the authors state, “It is a good life and it is a lifestyle for which you even get paid”. These hints will help you both make a valuable contribution to, and get the most from, academe.

And if you are really penurious, persuade a family member or friend to buy this book for you.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781579222642
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Richlin is Director of Faculty Development, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, as well as Director of the regional Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching, Executive Editor of the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, and President of the International Alliance of Teacher Scholars

Paul Gray is Professor Emeritus and Founding Chair of Information Science at Claremont Graduate University. He specializes in information systems, particularly decision support systems, knowledge management, data warehousing and electronic commerce.

David E. Drew holds the Joseph B. Platt Chair and previously served as dean of the CGU School of Educational Studies. He is a sociologist who applies quantitative and qualitative techniques, especially multivariate models, in studying the effectiveness of organizations.

Steadman Upham is president of The University of Tulsa. Among former positions, he was vice provost for research and dean of the graduate school, as well as professor of anthropology, at the University of Oregon; and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools.

Matthew Henry Hall is a cartoonist whose work appears in Readers Digest, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Adjunct Advocate, and many other publications, including the the "Teachable Moments" column of Inside Higher Ed.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE: BASIC CONCEPTS
1) Gray’s Theorem of N + 2; 2) 100 Powerful People; 3) What You Can do to Become Known; 4) Drew’s Dictum on Publishing Papers; 5) Mentors; 6) Get Known for Something

CHAPTER TWO: THE PHD
7) Finish the PhD as Early as Possible; 8) Be Humble about your PhD; 9) PhD Indicates Survivorship; 10) Research Sample of 1; 11) License to Reproduce; 12) A PhD in Hand; 13) Key Danger Point; 14) PhD and Part Time Study; 15) Avoid Watson’s syndrome; 16) Celebrate your PhD!

CHAPTER THREE: JOB HUNTING
17) Job hunting is a research project; 18) Go where you and your family want to live; 19) Build a reference pool; 20) References are important; 21) Interview your potential boss; 22) If You produced more research than they did; 23) Find the best possible school; 24) Get the PhD before you start the tenure track; 25) Non-university research organizations; 26) Don’t take the 1st job at your PhD school; 27) The Assistant Dean strategy; 28) Effect of Supply and demand; 29) Determine the culture; 30) Need for Salary and tenure information; 31) Getting tenure data; 32) The Post Doc option; 33) Change your career every seven years; 34) Ask about retirement system; 35) Coping with parking; 36) Real pay; 37) Get offer in writing; 38) Potential of other employment

CHAPTER FOUR: TEACHING AND SERVICE
39) Publication is the only portable wealth; 40) Teaching is becoming more valuable for tenure; 41) Teaching is a learned art; 42) Go to Toastmasters if needed; 43) Meeting classes; 44) Distance learning; 45) Student excuses; 46) Student cheating; 47) Teaching can be dangerous; 48) Don’t serve on committees where you are the expert; 49) The ‘‘mode’’ of the number of publications

CHAPTER FIVE: RESEARCH
50) Make sure you have time for research; 51) Tradeoff between teaching and research; 52) Quantitative and qualitative methods; 53) Learn grantsmanship; 54) Writing the grant proposal; 55) If your grant proposal is declined; 56) Advisory panel in the proposal; 57) Advisory panel after proposal accepted; 58) Get the grant in writing

CHAPTER SIX: TENURE
59) Tenure is the prize; 60) Why tenure is a hurdle; 61) The tenure clock is 4.5 years; 62) Tenure committees count refereed publications; 63) If you are tenured, keep it when you change jobs; 64) Tenure can be negotiated on the way in; 65) Tenure is tougher in cross-disciplinary fields; 66) Tenure may not be here forever; 67) Rolling tenure review; 68) Tenured slots may decrease with time

CHAPTER SEVEN: ACADEMIC RANK
69) Tenured full professor is freedom; 70) As a full professor you must be known for something; 71) Don’t become a Permanent Associate Professor; 72) Pay raises for promotion

CHAPTER EIGHT: SALARY
73) Academics are risk averse; 74) Nine-month contracts; 75) Salary variation by field; 76) Administrators make more; 77) Summer pay

CHAPTER NINE: LIFE AS AN ACADEMIC
78) Bad deans; 79) Don’t choose sides in department politics; 80) Don’t take a joint appointment; 81) Secretaries are a scarce resource; 82) Value your TA’s and graders; 83) Grading; 84) Research assistants; 85) Physical Plant; 86) Join the faculty club; 87) Office hours; 88) Sabbaticals; 89) Collegiality; 90) Professors are public persons; 91) Freedom of speech; 92) Attend campus lectures; 93) Letters of reference for students; 94) Writing external letters of evaluation; 95) The computer center; 96) E- mail; 97) The down side of e-mail; 98) Don’t get on too many e-mail lists; 99) E-mail from your students; 100) Keep up with computer developments; 101) Meetings and digital publication; 102) Interlibrary loan; 103) Digital libraries; 104) Development; 105) Alumni office; 106) Public relations; 107) Faculty senate; 108) A job for full professors; 109) The limited powers of department chairs; 110) The role conflict in the job; 111) Leadership; 112) Dealing with student problems; 113) The redeeming social values of the job; 114) Don’t stay in the job too long; 115) Student grievances; 116) Sexual harassment; 117) Serving on the grievance committee; 118) Being a grievant; 119) Free time; 120) Political leanings

CHAPTER TEN: DIVERSITY
121) The continuing goal; 122) Variation among institutions; 123) Assessing colleagues and deans; 124) Indicators of true diverse hiring; 125) Climate for women; 126) The literature

CHAPTER ELEVEN: ON WRITING
127) Learn how to write clearly; 128) Learn the fine points of English; 129) Spell check and grammar check; 130) Plagiarism is a no-no; 131) Limits on self-plagiarism; 132) Drew’s Rule of Conference Redundancy; 133) Pool of research references; 134) Reuse of dissertation references

CHAPTER TWELVE: ON PUBLISHING
135) Submit your papers to the best journals in the field; 136) Write for refereed journals; 137) Avoid writing elementary textbooks; 138) Difference between 1st and nth paper; 139) Writing the nth paper; 140) Make contribution clear; 141) Revise papers quickly; 142) Turn your reviews of others around quickly; 143) Publish early and often; 144) Your dissertation is a publishing asset; 145) Your literature search is a treasure trove; 146) Include single author papers in your portfolio; 147) Coauthoring with superstars; 148) The delays in publication; 149) Don’t become editor too early; 150) Advantages of being reviewer; 151) Usefulness of publisher reps.; 152) Meet the publisher’s editors; 153) Selecting a publisher

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: PERSONAL ITEMS
154) Learn new things over time; 155) Being expert witness; 156) Don’t be a penny ante thief; 157) Learn time management; 158 Time to completion

CHAPTER FOURTEEN: FINAL THOUGHTS
159) Your reputation; 160) Treating students as guests

APPENDIX A: THE DISSERTATION: 161) Finding a dissertation topic; 162) Problem solving model; 163) The dissertation proposal; 164) The range of your literature review; 165) Selecting the dissertation advisory committee; 166) The chain of references; 167) Coupling discussion of results with the literature review; 168) The risk of ‘‘not significant’’ results

APPENDIX B: OUTSIDE INCOME: 169) Consulting as a hired hand; 170) Don’t live on your consulting income; 171) Paying taxes on consulting income; 172) Grants and contracts; 173) The summer teaching option; 174) Regular income vs. Schedule C income; 175) Pro Bono work; 176) Consulting pay rate; 177) Teaching in 2 schools

APPENDIX C: WRITING HINTS: 178) Explain only what reader needs to know; 179) Avoid passive voice; 180 Avoid should and must; 181) Avoid too much bold face and italics; 182) Effective and efficient; 183) Avoid generalizing from a single case; 184) Use of lists; 185) Figures and Tables; 186) ‘‘Styles’’ in word processors; 187) Spell checker; 188) References; 189) Eliminate Poor Writing Habits; 190) Bad words

APPENDIX D: YOUR HEALTH
191 Avoid stress; 192) Start a health and fitness program; 193) Exercise; 194) Addictions; 195) Weight control; 1960 Diet; 197) Meditation; 198) Appearance; 199) Insurance.

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