ERIC Number: ED400722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Scaling the Ivory Tower. The Pursuit of an Academic Career.
Shearmur, Jeremy F. G.
This pamphlet offers practical advice to students who desire to pursue an academic career centered around a commitment to the ideals of classical liberalism. The author perceives a conflict between these ideals and the real demands of the academic environment. Regarding this conflict as a challenge which academics must address, he offers specific suggestions to undergraduate students on defining career goals and designing a course of graduate study and professional development which will achieve these goals. Aspects of academic career development discussed include choosing and applying to graduate school, preparing for graduate exams, networking with other academics, selecting and working with a mentor, choosing a dissertation topic, membership in professional associations, conference attendance, scholarly publication, developing the curriculum vita, the job interview process, the tenure process, and collegiality. Appendices list professional associations and job listings and offer advice on putting together an academic panel. (Contains 28 references.) (PRW)
Descriptors: Career Exploration, Career Planning, Collegiality, Employment Interviews, Faculty Publishing, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Liberalism, Mentors, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Tenure
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA. Inst. for Humane Studies.