Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career



John A. Goldsmith, John Komlos, and Penny Schine Gold University of Chicago Press: Chicago (2001)

This compendium of advice for graduate students and potential scholars on the real workings of an academic career takes you from that first ambitious decision, all the way through the process of achieving promotion and tenure. According to the University of Chicago Press’s online catalog, here are some of the questions this book addresses:  Is a career as a professor the right choice for you?  If you are a graduate student, how can you clear the
hurdles successfully and position yourself for academic employment? What's the best way to prepare for a job interview, and how can you maximize your chances of landing a job that suits you? What happens if you don't receive an offer? How does the tenure process work, and how do faculty members cope with the multiple and conflicting day-to-day demands?

With a perpetually tight job market in the traditional academic fields, the road to an academic career for many aspiring scholars will often be a rocky and frustrating one. Where can they turn for good, frank answers to their questions? Here, three distinguished scholars – with more than 75 years of combined experience – talk openly about what's good and what's not so good about academia, as a place to work and a way of life. Written as an informal conversation among colleagues, the book is packed with inside information – about finding a mentor, avoiding pitfalls when writing a dissertation, negotiating the job listings, and much more. The three authors' distinctive opinions and strategies offer the reader multiple perspectives on typical problems. With rare candor and insight, they talk about such tough issues as departmental politics, dualcareer marriages, and sexual harassment. Rounding out the discussion are short essays that offer the "inside track" on financing graduate education, publishing the first book, and leaving academia for the corporate world.