The Scholar's Survival Manual: A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators

The Scholar's Survival Manual: A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators

The Scholar's Survival Manual: A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators

The Scholar's Survival Manual: A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators

Synopsis

The product of a lifetime of experience in American universities, The Scholar's Survival Manual offers advice for students, professors, and administrators on how to get work done, the path to becoming a professor, getting tenured, and making visible contributions to scholarship, as well as serving on promotion and tenure committees. Martin H. Krieger covers a broad cross section of the academic experience from a graduate student's first foray into the job market through retirement. Because advice is notoriously difficult to take and context matters a great deal, Krieger has allowed his ideas to percolate through dozens of discussions. Some of the advice is instrumental, matters of expediency; some demands our highest aspirations. Readers may open the book at any place and begin reading; for the more systematic there is a detailed table of contents. Krieger's tone is direct, an approach born of the knowledge that students and professors too often ignore suggestions that would have prevented them from becoming academic roadkill. This essential book will help readers sidestep a similar fate.

Excerpt

YOU KNOW EVERYTHING IN THIS BOOK. MY JOB IS TO REMIND YOU OF what you already know, make you more likely to do the right thing the first time. Here is occasional advice about how to survive and thrive, to do your personal best, and to recover from mistakes – from graduate school through an academic career in the professoriate and university administration. It is also meant for department chairs, deans, tenure and promotion and appointment committees, and the provost.1 The Scholar’s Survival Manual is meant for grazing, not reading all the way through. The book is designed to be opened anywhere, or perhaps you will find a topic in the quick guide or the table of contents and read just that section. For undergraduates, whatever their future ambitions, there is much that is useful in this manual. See chapter 1, chapter 2 A–C, chapter 3, chapter 4 A and B, chapter 10 A–C, and chapter 11 C.

Do not start from the beginning! Open up the book anywhere and start reading, and then open up at another page and start reading, and continue. … There is a good deal of repetition in adjacent essays, so graze and skip and move around. That repetition provides a variety of contexts in which to provide counsel, the idea being that one context might work for you better than another.

What matters in the end is your contribution to scholarship or the arts. There is a temptation to count the number of articles or books, etc., now made more complicated by many multiply authored contributions. Perhaps too often, I go back and forth on how to count. I do know that collaboration and discussion often facilitate progress on a problem. But in the end, what is your contribution?

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