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Job Search In Academe
How to Get the Position You Deserve
Dawn M. Formo
Paper: 978 1 57922 134 8 / $24.95
Published: March 2011
Cloth: 978 1 57922 133 1 / $95.00
Published: March 2011
Lib E-Book: 978 1 57922 537 7 / $95.00
About Library E-Book
Published: March 2012
E-Book: 978 1 57922 538 4 / $19.99
Published: February 2012
6" x 9"
Building on the success of the first, this new edition has been updated to cover the latest hiring trends, changing economic circumstances, and feedback from readers. The authors have expanded the book to deal with issues faced by minority candidates, and have added contributions from scientists to cover such issues as negotiating faculty contracts to ensure adequate lab space and resources. They give more emphasis to applying for non-academic jobs and offer case study scenarios of candidates who have followed both academic and non academic paths.
The authors urge readers to go develop a philosophy statement for research and service, as well as for teaching. They explain what’s involved in applying for joint positions, offer advice on applying for administrative jobs outside the academy, and prepare the reader for first year academic and corporate performance reviews. They have updated the resources, references, examples and scenarios.
This book covers the process for Master’s- and Ph.D.-level job-seekers of all disciplines: from identifying sources of information about positions, to advising on the preparation of effective CVs and portfolios, through guidance on the process of interview to final negotiation of terms. Its invaluable advice is informed by the authors’ experiences in both academic and corporate arenas, as well as by the narratives of current and recent job seekers.
The authors cover the full spectrum of potential positions—adjunct, visiting, temporary and tenure-track faculty appointments—at-year and 2-year institutions.
This book includes sample application letters and vitae, a model for job search workshop, and a rich list of resources both in print and on-line.
An accompanying Web site offers a wealth of information on locating job postings, complete with hot links to major sites, both general and discipline-specific; presents eight sample application packets by successful humanities, social sciences, and sciences candidates, with accompanying comments on key features by the book’s authors; and an extensive listing of useful books and online resources.
While being realistic about the trends in higher education, the decline in tenure-track positions, and greater competition for available positions, the authors actively combat the gloom and doom approach of competing books by emphasizing that readers have it in their power to adopt strategies, and take actions and choices, that can greatly improve their chances of success. The authors aim to help candidates see what they already have and how to get that across as clearly as possible to potential hiring committees.
Contact the Authors: Share your story! We hope to continue collecting timely narratives to keep Job Search useful, and we welcome your e-mails. Dawn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Cheryl at email@example.com. We also welcome the opportunity to offer job search workshops and individual coaching in person and online
Table of Contents:
A (Fore)Word From The Employment Line—Kristina Mesaros, Carla Maroudas, and Kevin Degnan
Introduction: Becoming Literate in the Employment Line: Dr. Strangefield Or: How We Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Job Search
Case Study 1: To Enter the Job Market Fray or Not?
1) Writing the Script: The Application Process
Case Study 2: Making Your File Work—Personalize!
2) The Callback:The Professional Conference Interview
Case Study 3: The (Somewhat) Lighter Side of the Academic Job Search
3. The Screen Test: The Campus Interview
Case Study 4: My Job Search: A Cinderella Story
Case Study 5: It Can Be Done—Getting a Tenure-Track Job as an ABD in the Humanities
4. Rehearsing for Ad-Libbing: Preparing for (Un)Anticipated Interview Questions
Case Study 6: The Ghosts in the Machine: Women of Color and the Job Market
5) The Awards Ceremony: Negotiating The University Job Contract Or Deciding to “Leave Showbiz”
Case Study 7: Managing Negotiations With The Clock Ticking
Case Study 8: The Academic Couple
Case Study 9: Reading, Writing, And Ramen: An Academic Couple’s Search for Sustainable Employment
Case Study 10: The Corporate Interview
6) Best Performance In An Underfunded Public Drama: The Tenure-Track Professorship At The Community College
Case Study 11: A Community College Candidate’s Perspective
Case Study 12: Tale Of Two Interviews: How Failing To Get the Job Can Still Lead to Important Insight
Case Study 13: Calling On Your Professional Experience: Securing a Votech (Vocational Technology) Teaching Position
Epilogue: In The Director’s Chair:Being an Ethical Academic Advisor to Students Preparing for the Job Search
All Appendixes Are Available Online at www.Styluspub.Com/Resrcs/User/Jsappendix.Pdf
Appendix 1: Finding News About The Academy And The Academic Job Market and Locating Jobs Across the Disciplines
Appendix 2: Finding a Job Announcement in Your Field
Appendix 3: Sample Application Packets
Sample Humanities Packet for a Tenure-Track Position at a Research/Teaching University
Sample Humanities Packet for a Lateral Move Tenure-Track Position at a Research/Teaching University
Sample Humanities Packet for a Tenure-Track Position at a Community
Sample Science Packet for an Assistant Professor Tenure-Track Position at a
Sample Science Packet for an Associate Professor Tenure-Track Position at a Research/Teaching University
Sample Social Science Packet for an Assistant Professor Tenure-Track
Position at a Research/Teaching University
Sample Packet With Electronic Vitae for a Tenure-Track Position at a
Sample Resume for a Non-Faculty Academic Position Sample Corporate Resume
Appendix 4: Suggested Reading And Resource List
Job Search Appendixes
Reviews & Endorsements:
"As an updated edition of a 1999 title, this book takes an account of the vast changes along the path to employment over the past dozen years. It is a handbook for those who have master’s or doctoral degrees in hand and are in need of a first job or of a new one, either within academe or outside its walls. The book carries the prospective employee from writing the CV to negotiating the contract and on to doing the hiring. This edition adds advice for minority candidates and job seekers in the sciences."
- Diverse Issues in Higher Education
"With a great deal of wit, with a whole lot of common sense, Dawn Formo and Cheryl Reed have produced a ‘handbook’ which will be invaluable to job seekers."
- Ross Winterowd
from the foreword to the first edition
"This extremely savvy guide to the academic job search and application, interviewing, and negotiation process really works….it just helped my son land a tenure-track position in a major university."
on the first edition
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