attaining an academic appointment
by Bill McHenry, S. Kent Butler, and Jim McHenry
Imagine your life on a timeline. How can the choices you make today
reach down that long continuum, to the places you want to be in the near
and distant future?
Choices about your academic job search
are critical to making those visions concrete.
Academic Appointment is designed specifically for doctoral students and
other academics searching for a relevant and productive position. Drawing on their
experiences on both sides of the appointment process, as both applicant and
search committee member, they share strategies to
maximize opportunities and practical advice to minimize
From the Introduction:
What we offer is a set of strategies
and body of advice that will help you find the right fit in the
academy: the right institution, the right department, and the right
colleagues. ... Each of us found a place in academia at the end of a
unique journey, and we trust that this book will assist you during
Section I, Nuts and Bolts, carefully
examines the different stages of the higher education job search,
offering practical techniques for navigating the process.
Section II, Stories from the Field,
includes an impressive array of personal narratives from successful
academic faculty members that detail the highs and lows of their job
searches, and important lessons learned.
The Appendices contain a wealth of
tables, charts, and figures that the authors encourage you to use in
your own search.