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The Compleat Academic : A Career Guide
Edited by John M. Darley, Mark P. Zanna, and Henry L. Roediger III
American Psychological Association / Softcover / Jul 2003
9781591470359 (ISBN-10: 1591470358)
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price: $48.95 (may be subject to change)
422 pages
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A new career in academia can be a challenge. While academia's formal rules are published in faculty handbooks, its implicit rules are often difficult to discern. Like the first edition, this new and expanded volume of The Compleat Academic is filled with practical and valuable advice to help new academics set the best course for a lasting and vibrant career.
This volume guides readers through academia's informal rules and describes the problems beginning social scientists will face. With humor and insight, leading academics share the lessons they have learned through their own hard experience. Individual chapters present the ins and outs of the hiring process; the advantages of a postdoctoral fellowship; expert strategies for managing a teaching load; insider and applicant advice for winning a research grant; detailed instructions for writing and publishing a journal article; and a straightforward explanation about intellectual property issues. The book also addresses the latter stages of a career. It offers thoughtful suggestions for keeping one's career dynamic. Chapters that provide specific information for minorities, women, and clinical psychologists are also included. The volume even presents options for working outside of academia.
This book provides invaluable guidance that will help new academics plan, play, and ultimately win the academic career game.


I. Starting a Career
A Guide to PhD Graduate School: How They Keep Score in the Big Leagues
—Charles G. Lord
After Graduate School: A Faculty Position or a Postdoctoral Fellowship?
—Kathleen B. McDermott and Todd S. Braver
The Hiring Process in Academia
—John M. Darley and Mark P. Zanna
Broadening the Job Search: Jobs Outside of Academia
—Patrick C. Kyllonen
II. Teaching and Mentoring
Tips for Effective Teaching
—Douglas A. Bernstein and Sandra Goss Lucas
Mentoring: Managing the Faculty–Graduate Student Relationship
—Mark P. Zanna and John M. Darley
III. Research and Writing
Setting Up Your Lab and Beginning a Program of Research
—Jeffrey M. Zacks and Henry L. Roediger III
Obtaining a Research Grant: The Granting Agency's View
—Jane Steinberg
Obtaining a Research Grant: The Applicant's View
—Robert J. Sternberg
Writing the Empirical Journal Article
—Daryl J. Bem
Intellectual Property
—James L. Hilton and Jonathan R. Alger
IV. Orientation to the Academic Environment
Power, Politics, and Survival in Academia
—Elizabeth D. Capaldi
Managing the Department Chair and Navigating the Department Power Structure
—Louis A. Penner, John F. Dovidio, and David A. Schroeder
Wiring the Ivory Tower: The Interface of Technology and the Academy
—Kevin M. Carlsmith
V. Diversity in Academia
The Dialectics of Race: Academic Perils and Promises
—James M. Jones and Eun Rhee
Women in Academia
—Denise C. Park and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
Clinical Psychologists in Academia
—Richard R. Bootzin
Varieties of College and University Experience
—Deborah L. Best
VI. Keeping Your Edge: Managing Your Career Over Time
The Academic Marathon: Controlling One's Career
—Shelley E. Taylor and Joanne Martin
Managing Your Career: The Long View
—Henry L. Roediger III and David A. Balota
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