Part I Becoming a scholar: deciding on an academic career; entering graduate school; the mentor; writing a dissertation; landing an academic job. Part II The academic profession: the life of the assistant professor; teaching and research; tenure; competition in the university system and outside offers; the personal side of academic life.
John A. Goldsmith is the Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in, and former chair of, the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. John Komlos is a professor of economics, chair of the Institute of Economic History, and a former chair of the economics department at the University of Munich. Penny Schine Gold is a professor of history at Knox college and past chair of the Women's Studies Program.