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Aspiring Academics: A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty

By . . Association of American Geographers

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 7, 2008


Drawing on several years of research, this set of essays is designed to help graduate students and early career faculty start their careers in geography and related social and environmental sciences. Aspiring Academics stresses the interdependence of teaching, research, and service--and the importance of achieving a healthy balance of professional and personal life--while doing faculty work. Each chapter provides accessible, forward-looking advice on topics that often cause the most stress in the first years of a college or university appointment.

Table of Contents

Preface: Creating a Climate of Support for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty: A Call for Change and Action, Michael Solem, Kenneth Foote, and Janice Monk

Section 1: Career Planning and Personal Management

Chapter 1: Time Management, Kenneth Foote
Chapter 2: Career Planning: Personal Goals and Professional Contexts, Janice Monk and Christine L. Jocoy
Chapter 3: Developing Collegial Relationships in a Department and a Discipline, M. Duane Nellis and Susan M. Roberts
Chapter 4: Balancing Personal and Professional Lives, Beth Schlemper and Antoinette WinklerPrins
Chapter 5: Succeeding at Tenure and Beyond, Susan M. Roberts

Section 2: Developing and Enhancing Teaching and Advising

Chapter 6: Designing Significant Learning Experiences, Dee Fink and Melissa Ganus
Chapter 7: Active Learning, Eric J. Fournier
Chapter 8:  Advising Students, Fred M. Shelley and Adrienne M. Proffer
Chapter 9:  Ethical Issues in Teaching, James Ketchum
Chapter 10:  Teaching Diverse Students: Teaching for Inclusion, Minelle Mahtani

Section 3: Research Opportunities and Responsibilities

Chapter 11: Preparing Competitive Research Grant Proposals, Patricia Solís
Chapter 12: Private People, Secret Places: Ethical Research in Practice, Iain Hay and Mark Israel
Chapter 13:  Academic Publishing, Stanley D. Brunn
Chapter 14: Working Across Disciplinary Boundaries, Craig ZumBrunnen and So-Min Cheong