Academic Cultures: Professional Preparation and the Teaching Life

Academic Cultures: Professional Preparation and the Teaching Life

by Sean P. Murphy
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Modern Language Association of America


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Academic Cultures: Professional Preparation and the Teaching Life

For better or for worse, the goal of securing tenure-track assistant professorships frames the graduate school experience for most students. Yet what the graduate experience boasts in scholarly training it lacks in institutional training-that is, in guiding future faculty members to see and experience positively the wide variety of prospective professional identities rooted in assorted academic cultures.

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ISBN-13: 9781603290012
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 06/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 247
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Sean P. Murphy 1

I Academic Career Options

Tribal College Teaching: A Covert Option for Graduate Students Ginny Carney 13

Since You Didn't Ask: Reflections on Foreign Language Teaching James W. Jones 24

Across the Great Divide: Teaching in Rural Montana and Beyond Aeron Haynie 39

Arrested Intellectual Development? An English PhD Teaches High School Stephen da Silva 51

Overtures from Abroad: An Inside Look at University Teaching in Taiwan Douglas Scott Berman 62

Grow Where You're Planted: The Invitation to Work at a Conservative Lutheran University Lynnell Edwards 72

II Reflections On Careers At Teaching-Intensive Colleges

Undergraduate Foreign Language Instruction: A View from an Urban Campus Robert Chierico Fabiola Fernandez Salek Evelyne Norris Virginia Shen 87

"Where Is the Center of the World?": Teaching ESL at a Border College Ellen Cohen 99

It's about Lifestyle: Reflections on Teaching at a Small Catholic College Nancy J. Brown 111

Reading, Writing, and Teaching in Context Mark C. Long 121

Local Politics and Voice: Speaking to Be Heard during the Pretenure Years Ann E. Green 133

III Preparing Future Faculty Members

Coming Home Surprised: Indirect Paths to the Professoriat Carol Rutz 149

A Study-Abroad Guide for Foreign Language Faculty Members Anne Pasero 160

Faculty-in-Training Program: Preparing Future Community College Faculty Members Jo Ann Buck MacGregor Frank 170

Preparing Future Teacher-Scholars Victoria N. Salmon 184

From Graduate Student to Faculty Member: Teaching Foreign Languages at Two-Year Colleges Deborah Gill 193

Creative Professionalization: Inculcating DivergentCareer Concepts in Doctoral Candidates Adrielle Mitchell 208

Making Pedagogy Our Business: Strengthening the Ties between English Education and Composition-Rhetoric Heidi Estrem 221

Notes on Contributors 235

Teaching and Learning Bibliography 241

Index 245

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