ROAD TO SUCCESS: A Guide for
Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty Members in the Behavioral and
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This book provides guidance
and tools to help PhD students and junior faculty members successfully
navigate and mature through the various stages of an academic career.
Senior faculty members can use this book as a source of ideas to advise
their PhD students and junior colleagues. This book presents knowledge
that is seldom imparted in PhD programs, and organizes the same as
advice and tools related to achieving success at research, teaching and
service, all while maintaining work-life balance. The advice and tools
provided are based on years of experience of the author and guest
contributors, who have successfully navigated many of the same
challenges and mentored many PhD students and junior faculty members.
This book is suitable both for those who seek careers in research
universities or universities that promote greater balance across
research, teaching and service.
Life in academia is like life
in no other profession. The intellectual
freedom in conducting research coupled with the ability to positively
impact the lives of students through teaching makes it exciting and
noble. The road to success in making a difference through knowledge
creation (research), knowledge dissemination (teaching) and activities
related to both (service) is riddled with many challenges. While PhD
programs are designed to teach students the nitty gritty details of
conducting research, few focus on the broad issues of how to build a
successful research program, how to build an effective teaching
portfolio and how to do deal with the many other challenges
encountered. Navigating the broader challenges of academia is often
accomplished by trial-and-error or ad-hoc mentoring one may receive.
This book, which provides advice and tools, seeks to help researchers
achieve success by navigating through these very challenges. The book
comprises 20 chapters that are organized into five major sections:
In addition to the author, both junior and senior scholars have
provided contributions to share their own experiences and observations
of others who have been successful.
- Managing the PhD
- Life after the PhD
- Teaching and service
- Broader advice
The most important component of the book is the various tools (e.g.,
how-to advice, checklists) that are provided to help junior researchers
head up the road to success and to arm senior researchers to guide
junior researchers along the way. The various tools target the
following six areas:
- Building and sustaining
a research program
- Writing a paper
- Responding to reviews
- Planning and monitoring
through various stages of the PhD program
- Becoming an effective
- Achieving work-life
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