"DEMYSTIFYING THE PROFESSION: HELPING EARLY-STAGE FACULTY
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2010. $9 each but $8 each for orders over 25. See order info below.
This booklet is widely used by faculty developers, organizers of orientation sessions
for brand-new hires, teaching and learning centers, department chairs, deans, diversity councils, senior faculty mentors and
their mentees, and of course early-stage faculty (including tenure-track, adjunct, clinical, visiting, research, term, physician/faculty,
The booklet is also used in discussions for post-doctoral fellows, medical residents,
and advanced graduate students who are considering or preparing for careers in the professoriate.
is the front cover of the booklet.
Taken together, the three inter-related papers in this
booklet present numerous insights and
"tricks of the [professorial] trade" derived from: my
consulting work since 1988 with hundreds of early-stage and senior
faculty, administrators, post-doctoral scholars, and graduate students at
professional schools, colleges, and universities; key studies by superb
experts; and my own early experience as a college professor and higher
education administrator. I have
attempted to present all this succinctly and
clearly (having given up on wittily).
aims of the papers are to:
Demystify certain parts of academic
careers that typically bewilder not only
early-stage faculty (tenure-track, adjunct, clinical, visiting, research, term,
physician/faculty, and others) but also post-doctoral scholars,
medical residents, and advanced graduate students considering academic careers.
Coach early-stage as well as future faculty in
concrete ways to increase the likelihood of success and enjoyment in their profession.
Caveats, precautions, and Practice Scenarios are included.
Spotlight and tell the truth about the special burdens
and taxing dynamics often imposed on non-majority faculty (especially if they
are “one of a few” or the “only solo”) in majority settings. The burdens and taxes
are usually related to the non-majority person's gender, ethnicity, sexual
preference, social class, religion, and/or race (race is a social construction which
can have at times significant positive or negative ramifications for a person,
as we well know).
Prompt and practice senior faculty, department
chairs, deans, provosts, and campus presidents so they grasp in detail the
stresses and confusions experienced by less advanced majority and non-majority
faculty and then, based on their new understanding,
they take pro-active steps to reduce
those confusions and stressors.
self-help actions by early-stagers are necessary but not sufficient. Also essential
are effective steps from power-holders at colleges, universities,
and professional schools—steps that will boost the job satisfaction and
various achievements of their
Contents: Three Papers
- Pointers for
Tenure-Track, Adjunct, & Other Faculty and
for their Department Chairs, Deans,
and Senior Mentors
- Junior Faculty: Job
Stressors and How to Cope with Them
- An Action List for Department
Faculty, Deans, Mentors, Provosts,
and Campus Presidents
Discussion Scenarios—Practice for
Comments about "Demystifying the Profession":
“We obtain bulk
of this excellent booklet, to share and discuss with various faculty groups and
to use in retreats for chairs and directors.”
Debra Walker King, Associate Provost
of Faculty Development; Professor
of English, University of Florida.
of junior faculty experiences that every
graduate dean will want to reference --and include as vital literature for current
department chairs, continuing and new faculty as well as graduate
students.” Donald Cole, Associate
Dean of the Graduate School; Associate Professor of
Mathematics, University of Mississippi.
“I applaud your
outstanding consulting and
writings which are helping academia become more hospitable and
culturally diverse.” Sarah
Associate Professor of Sociology,
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