The Preparing Future Faculty Conference (PFFc) is a one-day event designed to provide graduate students from all disciplines and at all phases of their educations with important information about preparing for their future academic careers. The conference this year will consist of four sessions (three panels and one round table) addressing different issues of concern to graduate students. Topics will range from navigating the job market, to issues in teaching and pedagogy, to exploring the variety of professional opportunities available both inside and outside of academia, among other subjects.
Each year the conference is organized by a committee of graduate students, led by a PFF fellow who is appointed and funded by the Sociology department. Funding for the conference is provided by the University Graduate School and other participating departments and programs. Panelists are typically professors from IUB and surrounding universities. Special care is made to invite panelists from a diverse array of disciplines and backgrounds.
A guide for the perplexed job-hunter.
This handbook for aspiring biomedical scientists features advice on finding an academic job, obtaining research grants, setting up and managing a laboratory, and advancing one's academic career. There's a chapter on mentoring and another summarizing the results of a national survey of biomedical faculty members on how to have a successful career in scientific research. The book's appendix has sample CV's and cover letters.
This guide offers tips on developing work habits that will help graduate students and new faculty members succeed in academe.
This guide is designed for students who want to pursue nonacademic careers in anthropology. The author explores the differences between academic, applied, and practicing anthropologists and offers tips on preparing for careers beyond the academy. The book also includes sample résumés and cover letters, lists of anthropology-related Web sites, and advice on surviving the first year on the job.
A comprehensive guide that starts with planning a job search and continues through the tenure process. A large section on written materials includes sample correspondence, professional vitas, and statements of teaching philosophy. A two-year timetable helps plan the search. The new third edition has additional information for candidates in the sciences and applicants for adjunct and community-college positions. There's also a section on nonacademic career options.
This guide is designed for real-world professionals -- in business, law, medicine, and a variety of other fields -- who want to teach part time in colleges and universities. The book opens with advice on finding an adjunct teaching job, then addresses the skills you will need to survive and flourish as a part-time instructor. Each chapter contains questions to help readers focus on the issues that will be covered. Topics include course planning and conducting effective class sessions, choosing an instructional method, and assessing your teaching performance.
Reflections on a year at Kenyon College in Ohio. Kluge maintains a critical yet affectionate tone in his regard for a rural liberal arts college with a distinguished tradition.
Cynthia Robbins-Roth left an academic biochemistry career in the 1980s for the biotechnology industry and later founded a newsletter and a consulting business. This guide covers 22 alternative careers for scientists, including journalism, publishing, business development, sales and marketing, technology transfer, and public policy.
This guide for new principal investigators focuses on how to set up and effectively manage a laboratory.
Brookfield offers a very personal and accessible guide to how faculty at any level and across all disciplines can improve their teaching. Applying the principles of adult learning, Brookfield thoughtfully guides teachers through the processes of becoming critically reflective about teaching, confronting the contradictions involved in creating democratic classrooms, and using critical reflection as a tool for continuous personal and professional development.
An extremely detailed guide to making a career change, this book includes in-depth, first-person accounts. While all the examples come from people with backgrounds in scientific and technical fields, most of the exercises and advice are useful in almost any field.
A guide for women who want to get ahead in academe. It examines women's roles in higher education and offers information about affirmative action, salary and negotiation strategies, and advice about how to get to the top and avoid and deal with potential pitfalls.
This handbook offers teachers at all levels of experience detailed, how-to advice on classroom assessment—from what it is and how it works to planning, implementing, and analyzing assessment projects. The authors illustrate their approach through twelve case studies that detail the real-life classroom experiences of teachers carrying out successful classroom assessment projects.
This manual for faculty members and administrators provides practical advice on conducting a successful search. The topics covered include: selecting a hiring committee, writing a job description, conducting interviews, attracting a diverse pool of applicants, evaluating and selecting the finalists, making an offer, and retaining new hires.
This revised edition includes samples of C.V.'s for different stages of academic careers and information on how to create an electronic C.V.
This work focuses on inequities based on racial and ethnic differences within the professional workplace in higher education. By using both narrative and statistical data, the authors provide an in-depth view of the issues surrounding the successful recruitment, retention, and development of faculty of color. Includes a comprehensive discussion of what needs to be done in order to achieve diversity in the teaching profession.
This book for faculty members, department chairmen, deans, advising directors, and vice presidents provides information on how to improve faculty advising on college and university campuses. A dozen essays examine issues such as training effective faculty advisors, the importance of assessment and reward in advisor development, organizational models of academic advising, and using technology to enhance the advising process. There's also a chapter on resources for academic advisors.
Faculty members from various institutions and disciplines contributed personal histories to this book, as well as articles on being a mentor, facing your biological clock, doing adjunct work, and caring for children with disabilities and for elderly relatives, among other topics.
This handbook for academic managers of all stripes -- department chairs, deans, provosts, presidents, and other academic administrators -- looks at what it takes to be an effective leader and provides practical advice on a wide variety of topics, including dealing with budgets, personnel issues, and technology.
Two deans of social-work schools offer advice on what colleges and universities look for in new faculty members, how to match your credentials to the job market, and how to negotiate a job offer. One section deals with employment issues affecting academic couples.
This book, written by a journalist-turned-college-professor, examines the cost of upholding academic standards in an era of student apathy and entitlement.
This guide explains the nature of job searches, interviews, and landing the right job, and includes a section on the do's and don'ts of job searching.
This guide to scholarly publishing provides tips on writing and editing a manuscript, drafting a proposal, signing a contract, and everything in between.
First published in 1992, this book came about because its author found that most graduate students did not understand how graduate education worked and received only minimal information from their advisers and institutions. In painstaking detail, Peters explains the entire process, from selecting and applying to a graduate program to obtaining a teaching position. While the tone is occasionally cynical, it is more often supportive and realistic, whether Peters is discussing oral presentations or faculty-student relationships. He cites the work of other writers as well as providing quotations from individual graduate students. Peters, a biologist, revised the book to accommodate a job market that has become more difficult and stressful for candidates.
The number of adjunct professors in academe is rising, yet their voices are seldom heard. In this collection of essays, adjunct professors share their on-the-job experiences and horror stories.
The authors of this handbook analyze their own experiences and those of more than 50 job seekers in a variety of fields, including business, the humanities, and the sciences. They suggest ways job seekers can use the verbal, written, and visual clues offered during a job search and interviews to improve their chances of landing jobs.
This book, by twenty-four Black scholars who “have been there,” offers a guide to aspiring doctoral students to the formal process and to the personal, emotional and intellectual challenges they are likely to face. The authors come from a wide range of disciplines – from computing, education and literature to science and sociology. Although their experiences and backgrounds are as varied as they are as individuals, their richly diverse chapters cohere into a rounded guide to the issues for those who follow in their footsteps.
The author shares his trials and tribulations as a first-year college professor.
Based on interviews with hundreds of academic women, this handbook includes suggestions for the job hunt, preparing your C.V., interviewing, handling job offers, and applying for contract renewals and tenure. It also includes a checklist for "woman-positive" institutions.
Tales from women on the front lines; a must-read for women aspiring to an academic life.
Department chairmen and deans share their personnel-management strategies in this collection of essays.
Ms. Mentor was born in 1992 as an advice columnist for woman professors, graduate students, recovering academics, and those who love them. In this question-and-answer guide, she dispenses wisdom on surviving graduate school, landing a job and earning tenure in "pale-male" fields, and what to wear to academic conventions.
Puzzled by apathetic undergraduates who had adopted a laissez-faire attitude toward their studies, Nathan went undercover for a year, enrolling as a freshman at her own university. Here she exposes her discoveries on contemporary college life.
Based on the assumption that hearing people's stories is therapeutic and empowering, this book collects the accounts of graduate students in many fields who have recently braved the market, some successfully. More than two dozen essays explore such issues as dealing with rejection, the treatment of feminist scholars by hiring committees, relocating, making a living as a full-time adjunct, and leaving the academy and finding alternative careers.
A collection of personal essays on the challenges of balancing parenting and a scholarly career.
Should you ask that prominent scientist to be your thesis adviser? How do you go about writing a compelling scientific paper? These and other topics are covered in a guide designed to ease the transition from graduate school to professional researcher.
"[T]he most comprehensive guide to date about graduate school in the sciences. . . . The book includes the voices of graduate students themselves, discussing, and in some cases qualifying, the authors' advice. The combination of authoritative summaries along with anecdotes from students themselves help lend substance to what otherwise might be a daunting litany of do's and don'ts about grad school. The book is organized in a more or less chronological sequence of major events and issues in the grad school process. Interspersed with these subjects are chapters on more strategic and issues-related subjects."--Science's Next Wave
The author of this hilarious book is a Ph.D. candidate in Stanford University's mechanical-engineering department. The book is collection of the first five years of Piled Higher and Deeper, a comic strip about life (or lack thereof) in graduate school that originally appeared in Stanford University's student newspaper and is now online.
This guide -- written by two Ph.D.'s who've made the transition from academe to the "real world" -- looks at non-academic job opportunities for Ph.D.'s and M.A.'s and offers practical advice for those who are considering careers beyond the ivory tower.
A guide for first-time academic job seekers and junior professors on the tenure track, written by a professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. The appendix includes samples of application letters and other documents that job seekers must submit when applying for a faculty position.
McKeachie's Teaching Tips provides helpful strategies for dealing with both the everyday problems of university teaching and those that arise in trying to maximize learning for every student. The strategies suggested in the text are adaptable to specific classroom situations. The book does not suggest a "set of recipes" to be followed mechanically; it gives instructors the tools they need to deal with the ever-changing dynamics of teaching and learning.
A collection of essays by faculty members and graduate students from working-class backgrounds, this book eloquently describe some of the hidden costs and struggles of "upward mobility."
This volume for faculty members, administrators, and instructional development professionals features essays on topics such as redesigning a curriculum to improve student learning, providing support for adjunct faculty members and graduate student instructors, assessing student learning and the impact of faculty development, using peer evaluation to enhance learning, and implementing successful models for professional development.
A must-read for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior professors seeking successful academic careers in science and engineering.
What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.
This book presents case studies of academic couples who collaborate on scholarly projects and looks at how these couples have redefined their domestic roles to create environments that are conducive to mutual career satisfaction and success.
As a clinical psychologist who cofounded the Harvard Writing Center, Bolker has helped hundreds of writers complete their dissertations. She offers suggestions on how to create a writing addiction so that you feel incomplete if you don't write every day and stresses the need to set reasonable goals and deadlines for yourself to keep from getting discouraged. She also offers strategies for dealing with both internal and external distractions and for fending off writer's block.
Fiction Titles about Life in Academia or about Academic Folk
- The Affair. Snow, C.P.
- Apprentice to the Flower Poet Z. Weinstein, Debra.
- Anglo-Saxon Attitudes. Wilson, Angus.
- The Big U. Steaphenson, Neal.
- Cantor’s Dilemma. Djerassi, Carl.
- Changing Places. Lodge, David.
- Crossing to Safety. Stegner, Wallace.
- Darconville’s Cat. Theroux, Alexander.
- Death in a Tenured Position and other books. Cross, Amanda.
- Foolscap: A Novel. Malone, Michael.
- Gaudy Night. Sayers, Dorothy L.
- Good husband. Godwin, Gail.
- The Groves of Academe. McCarthy, Mary.
- Herzog and Ravelstein. Bellow, Saul.
- History man: A novel. Bradbury, Malcolm.
- The Human Stain. Roth, Philip
- I Am Charlotte Simmons. Wolfe, Tom.
- Letting Go. Roth, Philip
- Lucky Jim. Amis, Kingsley.
- The Masters. Snow, C.P.
- The Mind-Body Problem. Goldstein, Rebecca.
- Moo. Smiley, Jane.
- A New Life. Malamud, Bernard.
- Nice Work. Lodge, David.
- Out of Sheer Rage. Dyer, Geoff.
- Pnin. Nabokov, Vladimir.
- The Professor of Desire. Roth, Philip
- Professor Romeo. Bernays, Anne.
- Possession: A Romance. Byatt, A.S.
- Publish and Perish: Three Tales of Tenure and Terror. Hynes, James.
- The Rebel Angels. Davies, Robertson.
- Rookery Blues and Dean’s List. Hassler, Jon.
- The Search. Snow, C.P.
- Small World. Lodge, David.
- Straight Man. Russo, Richard.
- The War Between the Tates and Foreign Affairs. Lurie, Alison.
- Stoner: A novel. Williams, John.
- Wilt and other books in the series. Sharpe, Tom.
- Wonder Boys. Chabon, Michael.
Blogs and Discussion Forums on Academic Issues
The 2017-2018 Committee
If you are a graduate student and would like to join the volunteer staff, please e-mail Eric Wright.
- Eric Wright, Chair Sociology
- Eric Sevell Former PFF Chair, Sociology; Criminal Justice
- Suriati Abas Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
- Hajar AL Sultan Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
- Khadijah Alghamdi Instructional Systems Technology
- Denise Ambriz Sociology
- Ebrahim Bamanger Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
- Katie Beardall Sociology
- Megan Bolton Sociology
- Chelsea Brinda Education; Jacobs School of Music
- Laura Chamness Chemistry
- Samantha Cohen Psychological and Brain Sciences
- Sara Dallavalle French and Italian
- Jasmine Davis Sociology
- Jayati Dev Security Informatics
- Amani K. Gashan Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
- Anne Groggel Sociology
- Amir Hosseini Chemistry
- Brent Hutchison Sociology
- Katie Johnson Sociology
- Dan Johnston Geography
- Patrick Kaminsky Sociology; Informatics
- Kristin Kelley Sociology
- Alisha Kirchoff Sociology
- Neil Klein Education
- Peter Lista Sociology
- Ryan Merckle Education Leadership and Policy Studies
- Ian Michalski Spanish and Portuguese
- D. Adam Nicholson Sociology
- Dan Rudel Sociology
- Rajagopal Sankaranarayanan Instructional Systems Technology
- Daniel Schwab Biology
- Lora E. Smith Communication and Culture
- Maritza Steele Sociology
- Clay Thomas Sociology
- Chris Turner Sociology
- Hope Zeller Kinesiology: Sport Marketing and Management Program
The 2018 Preparing Future Faculty Conference has been made possible by the generosity and support of the:
- University Graduate School
- School of Education
- Media School
- School of Public and Environmental Affairs
- Russian and East European Institute
- Department of Anthropology
- Department of Biology
- Department of Classical Studies
- Department of Comparative Literature
- Department of Criminal Justice
- Department of Economics
- Department of French & Italian
- Department of Germanic Studies
- Department of Mathematics
- Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Political Science
- Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
- Department of Sociology
- Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance
Thank you to all of our wonderful donors!
For additional information about the conference, please contact Eric Wright.
Conference registration is open until Monday, February 5th, 2018.
The conference is free and open to all IU graduate students. Registration is not required. However, in order to participate in the complimentary lunch, you must register by Monday, February 5th, 2018. Please note that there may be limited seating for lunch, and preference will be given to earliest registrants. Thank you!
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