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ERIC Number: ED525681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 344
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-2263-2761-7
Lives in Science: How Institutions Affect Academic Careers
Hermanowicz, Joseph C.
University of Chicago Press
What can we learn when we follow people over the years and across the course of their professional lives? Joseph C. Hermanowicz asks this question specifically about scientists and answers it here by tracking fifty-five physicists through different stages of their careers at a variety of universities across the country. He explores these scientists' shifting perceptions of their jobs to uncover the meanings they invest in their work, when and where they find satisfaction, how they succeed and fail, and how the rhythms of their work change as they age. His candid interviews with his subjects, meanwhile, shed light on the ways career goals are and are not met, on the frustrations of the academic profession, and on how one deals with the boredom and stagnation that can set in once one is established. An in-depth study of American higher education professionals eloquently told through their own words, Hermanowicz's keen analysis of how institutions shape careers will appeal to anyone interested in life in academia. Appended are: (1) Interview Protocol--Foundational Study, 1998; (2) Contact Letter to Scientists; (3) Thank-You Letter to Scientists; (4) Interview Protocol; (5) Post-Interview Questionnaire; (6) Departmental Questionnaire; and (7) Propositions Generated by the Study. An index is included. (Contains 29 tables.)
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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