The Scholar's Survival Manual

The Scholar's Survival Manual : A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators

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The product of a lifetime of experience in American universities, The Scholar's Survival Manual offers advice for students, professors, and administrators on how to get work done, the path to becoming a professor, getting tenured, and making visible contributions to scholarship, as well as serving on promotion and tenure committees. Martin H. Krieger covers a broad cross section of the academic experience from a graduate student's first foray into the job market through retirement. Because advice is notoriously difficult to take and context matters a great deal, Krieger has allowed his ideas to percolate through dozens of discussions. Some of the advice is instrumental, matters of expediency; some demands our highest aspirations. Readers may open the book at any place and begin reading; for the more systematic there is a detailed table of contents. Krieger's tone is direct, an approach born of the knowledge that students and professors too often ignore suggestions that would have prevented them from becoming academic roadkill. This essential book will help readers sidestep a similar fate.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 30.48mm | 566.99g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253010632
  • 9780253010636
  • 1,555,011

Table of contents

A Way into This Guide
Chapter 1. Graduate School (Essays #1-54)
Chapter 2. Writing (#55-95)
Chapter 3. Getting Done (#96-112)
Chapter 4. Getting the First Job (#113-150)
Chapter 5. Junior and Probationary Faculty (#151-174)
Chapter 6. Grants, Fellowships, and Other Pecuniary Resources (#175-183)
Chapter 7. Your Career (#184-219)
Chapter 8. Tenure and Promotion (#220-290)
Chapter 9. After Tenure--Associate and Full Professorship (#291-307)
Chapter 10. Scholarly and Academic Ethos (#308-391)
Chapter 11. Stronger Faculties and Stronger Institutions (#392-420)
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Krieger's book is as motivational and philosophical as it is practical. * Journal of Scholarly Publishing * Krieger has compiled many of his blog posts into an astute handbook that would make a perfect gift for the academics on your list-from grad student to department chair-or even for yourself. * * Krieger certainly knows his way around the halls of academia. Pulling content from his blog on this topic, he counsels everyone from graduate students to untenured and tenured faculty to university administrators on how to navigate their scholarly aspirations. The tone is inviting and intimate. . . . Anyone interested in or connected to the world of academic scholarship will discover here solid, considered, and instructive strategies to walking those hallowed hallways. * Library Journal *
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About Martin H. Krieger

Martin H. Krieger is Professor of Planning in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has taught at Berkeley, Minnesota, MIT, and Michigan and has served for many years on university promotion and tenure committees. He is author of Doing Physics (second edition, IUP, 2012), Urban Tomographies (2011), Constitutions of Matter (1996), and Doing Mathematics (2003), among other books.

His blog is found at
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