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The Essential College Professor. A Practical Guide to an Academic Career

  • ID: 2216898
  • Book
  • January 2010
  • 428 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The Essential College Professor

College professors are expected to perform a large number of tasks for which they receive little or no training. For instance, where in graduate school do you learn how to teach most effectively in a large auditorium, and what do you do differently in those classes from when you are teaching in a more intimate setting, with a few upper–level students around a seminar table or in a tutorial? How do you secure a contract for a book that you would like to publish? How do you go about applying for external funding to support your research? How do you write a particularly effective syllabus or exam? How do you create the sort of curriculum vitae that is most likely to earn you tenure, promotion, another position, or an administrative appointment? How do you chair a committee? How do you deal with a student who is disrupting one of your classes? Why should you engage in fundraising, recruiting new students, or maintaining close ties with alumni? Why should you develop a "strategic plan" for your career, improving your teaching and enhancing your research? Why is service only a small part of genuine academic citizenship?

The Essential College Professor is about the "how" and "why" of being a faculty member in higher education today. Based on the author′s series of highly successful faculty development workshops, each chapter deals concisely with the most important information college professors need at their fingertips when confronted by a particular challenge or faced with an exciting opportunity. Written both as a comprehensive guide to an academic career and as a ready reference to be consulted when needed, The Essential College Professor emphasizes proven solutions over untested theories and stresses what faculty members need to know now in order to be successful in their careers.

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The Author.


Part I: The College Professor′s Career.

1. Applying for a Faculty Position.

2. Interviewing for a Faculty Position.

3. What Kind of Professor Are You?

4. Career Planning for College Professors.

5. The Tenure and Promotion Process.

6. Special Challenges for Junior Faculty.

7. Special Challenges for Mid–Career Faculty.

8. Special Challenges for Senior Faculty.

9. Taking the Next Step in Your Career.

Part II: The College Professor as Teacher.

10. Assessing Student Learning.

11. Writing an Effective Course Syllabus.

12. Developing Creative Course Materials.

13. Teaching Small Classes.

14. Teaching Large Classes.

15. Teaching One–on–One.

16. Teaching with Technology.

17. Reducing Grade Anxiety.

18. Promoting Student Engagement.

19. Addressing Academic Misconduct.

20. Maintaining Appropriate Faculty–Student Relations.

21. Dealing with Student Problems and Problem Students.

22. Taking the Next Step in Your Teaching.

Part III: The College Professor as Scholar.

23. Writing a Grant Proposal.

24. Writing a Book Proposal.

25. Overcoming Research Block.

26. Balancing Scholarship with Other Duties.

27. Seeking and Providing Peer Support for Scholarship.

28. Alternative Forms of Scholarship.

29. Taking the Next Step in Your Scholarship.

Part IV: The College Professor as Citizen.

30. Service Reconsidered.

31. Creating an Effective Curriculum Vitae.

32. Seeking Leadership Positions.

33. Serving on Committees.

34. Serving as an Academic Advisor.

35. Serving as a Mentor.

36. Handling Conflict with a Supervisor.

37. Handling Conflict with Colleagues.

38. The Faculty Member as Fundraiser.

39. Exploring the Possibility of Administrative Work.

40. Taking the Next Step in Your Service.

Epilogue: A Checklist for the Essential College Professor.

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Jeffrey L. Buller
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