Academic journal article IBAR

Rhythms of Academic Life: Personal Accounts of Careers in Academia

Academic journal article IBAR

Rhythms of Academic Life: Personal Accounts of Careers in Academia

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Rhythms of Academic Life: Personal Accounts of Careers in Academia, (Eds.) Peter J Frost & Susan Taylor. Sage, 1996, pb 518 pp, 22.95. ISBN 0-8039-7262-8 This is a most interesting book for academics as it addresses many issues in the professional and personal life of the academic. It is part of the Sage Foundations of Organisational Science series which has previously produced volumes on such topics as. Publishing in the Organisational Sciences and Weick's Sensemaking in Organisations. It is a large book, 518 pages and 52 chapters. The chapters are comprised of individual academics reflecting on their academic life, either in general or in relation to a specific theme, such as becoming a researcher, getting published, becoming a teacher, getting tenure, relating to doctoral students and so on. The reflections are anecdotal and many are full of practical advice from experience. I recognised many of the contributors' names from the field of organisational studies.

First an overview of the book. It is divided into six parts; each part is introduced by the editors and a general summary is provided. Part I - Career Rhythms has five accounts of individual academic careers. Part II focuses on Early Rhythms and is divided into four sections - becoming a teacher, doing research and getting published, working with doctoral students and getting tenure. Of the 15 chapters in this Part there are lots of practical hints on getting published, getting tenure and the traumas of teaching one's first courses. Part III - Middle Rhythms: Traditional Paths - has five sections which deal with issues such as: working collaboratively, becoming a reviewer, becoming a journal editor, becoming a department chair and administrator, and becoming a full professor. Part IV takes the nontraditional paths and has chapters on working as a consultant, developing innovative teaching materials, working inside the university and working with policy makers (being on government commissions). Part V - Rhythms of Renewal - has a chapter on taking a sabbatical and one on returning to academe after a spell as a dean. Finally Part VI takes a broader perspective and looks at the future in terms of business education.

In a book this size and with such interesting subjects there are many themes and issues towards which it is worth directing a reader. …

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