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  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 445 1 / $95.00  
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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:
“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
"This book has vaulted to the top of my recommended reading list for new and prospective faculty members. This book counteracts the deluge of negative reports about how difficult life in academia has become. The message is positive, encouraging readers to exercise their agency and become the author of their careers.

The authors offer practical advice that takes into account the contemporary realities of faculty life. They emphasize a developmental perspective. Professional satisfaction comes with time, as you develop and discover your own "sweet spot" which aligns your teaching, research and service with your personal values."
- Chris Golde , Stanford University