Shaping Your Career
A Guide for Early Career Faculty

Foreword by Ann E. Austin
Paper: 978 1 62036 444 4 / $29.95
Published: October 2017  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 443 7 / $95.00
Published: October 2017  

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Published: October 2017  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 446 8 / $23.99
Published: October 2017  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
276 pp., 6" x 9"
15 tables, 8 figures & 73 insets
Going beyond providing you with the tools, strategies, and approaches that you need to navigate the complexity of academic life, Don Haviland, Anna Ortiz, and Laura Henriques offer an empowering framework for taking ownership of and becoming an active agent in shaping your career.

This book recognizes, as its point of departure, that faculty are rarely prepared for the range of roles they need to play or the varied institutions in which they may work, let alone understand how to navigate institutional context, manage the politics of academe, develop positive professional relationships, align individual goals with institutional expectations, or possess the time management skills to juggle the conflicting demands on their time.

The book is infused by the authors’ love for what they do while also recognizing the challenging nature of their work. In demonstrating how you can manage your career, they weave in the personal and institutional dimensions of their experience and offer vignettes from their longitudinal study of pre-tenure faculty to illustrate typical issues you may have to contend with, and normalize many of the concerns you may face as a new member of the academy.

This book offers you:
• The resources, tips, and strategies to develop a strong, healthy career as a faculty member
• Empowerment— you take ownership of and become an active agent in shaping your career
• Advice and strategies to help women and members of traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups navigate institutional structures that affect them differently
• An understanding of the changing nature of academic work, and of how to grow and succeed in this new environment

While explicitly addressed to early career faculty, this book’s message of empowerment is of equal utility for full-time faculty, both tenure-track and non-tenure track, and can usefully serve as a text for graduate courses. Department chairs, deans, and faculty developers will find it a useful resource to offer their new colleagues.

Table of Contents:

1) The Faculty Role in Context
2) Your Faculty Career
3) Assessing Climate and Culture on Your Campus
4) Building and Maintaining Positive Professional Relationships
5) Shaping Your Career as a Teacher
6) Shaping Your Career as a Scholar
7) Navigating the World of Grants and Funding
8) Shaping Your Career as an Academic Citizen
9) Making Your Case and Thriving in the RTP Process
10) Creating Balance in Your Work
11) Managing Dilemmas
12) To Deans, Chairs and Colleagues : Supporting Your Faculty
13) Pulling it All Together: Getting to the Sweet Spot

About the Authors


Reviews & Endorsements:
Shaping Your Career is full of essential tools and advice to help early career faculty members navigate many confusing processes, such as grant writing, promotion, and tenure. This book is one that can be read cover to cover or used as a quick reference guide that covers the full range of issues we confront as we begin our careers in the professoriate.

The authors act as guides to clear up some of the uncertainty around processes that are not given much, if any, attention during graduate training programs [and] draw attention to recent trends over the past two to three decades that have impacted the landscape of higher education and, more specifically, the role of the faculty member. This is done with unparalleled clarity and is especially helpful to those still considering graduate programs or those early in their careers as they consider their potential priorities and activities.

It is especially useful that the authors devote a full chapter to women and minority faculty members as these individuals face specific professional development and campus climate issues that are important to consider but that are often overlooked. [It] offers great tools for those visiting new campuses or seeking to better understand their own.

In conclusion, the authors of Shaping Your Career weave exercises, strategies, data, and anecdotes into the narrative in a way that makes this both a useful and enjoyable resource. The authors have produced a high-quality text that effectively fills a gap in the available literature centered on professional development for early career faculty. I highly recommend this book for those planning, pursuing, or supporting newer faculty appointments within 4-year institutions.”
- Teachers College Record
“Early faculty, please read and add some years onto your life. I wish I had this companion when I began academia. It would have saved me from multiple bouts of heartburn. This text goes over what they do not tell you as a graduate student or post-doc. It echoes great advice given to me by senior colleagues whom I respect and trust, especially in regards to tenure, promotion, grant writing and balancing work with family.”
- Aaron Haines Ph.D., Certified Wildlife Biologist, Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology , Millersville University