Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology

Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology

by Robert J. Sternberg


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You've earned your graduate degree in psychology, and maybe even landed your first academic job as a postdoc or faculty member. How should you approach your new job and lay a solid foundation for tenure and promotion? How can you meet the many challenges of an academic career, which often requires skills that are not taught in graduate school? This book provides a systematic guide for jump-starting your career in academic psychology-from applying and interviewing for academic positions, to settling in at your new job, to maximizing your success during the pre-tenure years. The chapters cover all the key skills in which new faculty must become proficient: teaching, conducting and funding faculty-level research, serving your department and field, and "softer" activities such as networking and navigating university politics. Given the ever-increasing demands and competition in the held, this guide is an essential road map for new academics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433826382
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 12/28/2016
Sales rank: 1,219,351
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Part I In the Beginning 7

Chapter 1 Before You Even Start 9

Chapter 2 Getting Going 25

Part II Teaching 37

Chapter 3 Getting Started Teaching Your Courses 39

Chapter 4 Collaborating With Students 59

Part III Research 73

Chapter 5 Forming Ideas for and Implementing Your Research 75

Chapter 6 Setting Up a Lab 93

Chapter 7 Forming Collaborations 105

Chapter 8 Getting a Grant 117

Part IV Service 141

Chapter 9 Service to Your Department and University 143

Chapter 10 Service to Your Academic Field 159

Part V Professional Advancement 167

Chapter 11 Networking 169

Chapter 12 Giving Talks and Lectures 179

Chapter 13 Writing Articles 189

Chapter 14 Departmental and University Politics 201

Chapter 15 Preparing for Tenure and Promotion 209

Chapter 16 Resolving Conflicts 225

Chapter 17 Twenty-One Common Mistakes Junior Faculty Make 237

Epilogue 249

References 251

Index 255

About the Author 265

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