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What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School


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CHAPTER ONE: BASIC CONCEPTS:; 1) Gray's Theorem of N + 2; 2) 100 Powerful People; 3) What You Can do to Become Known; 4) Drew's Dictum on Publishing Papers; 5) Mentors; 6) Get Known for Something; CHAPTER TWO: THE PHD:; 7) Finish the PhD as Early as Possible; 8) Be Humble about your PhD; 9) PhD Indicates Survivorship; 10) Research Sample of 1; 11) License to Reproduce; 12) A PhD in Hand; 13) Key Danger Point; 14) PhD and Part Time Study; 15) Avoid Watson's syndrome; 16) Celebrate your PhD!; CHAPTER THREE: JOB HUNTING:; 17) Job hunting is a research project; 18) Go where you and your family want to live; 19) Build a reference pool; 20) References are important; 21) Interview your potential boss; 22) If You produced more research than they did; 23) Find the best possible school; 24) Get the PhD before you start the tenure track; 25) Non-university research organizations; 26) Don't take the 1st job at your PhD school; 27) The Assistant Dean strategy; 28) Effect of Supply and demand; 29) Determine the culture; 30) Need for Salary and tenure information; 31) Getting tenure data; 32) The Post Doc option; 33) Change your career every seven years; 34) Ask about retirement system; 35) Coping with parking; 36) Real pay; 37) Get offer in writing; 38) Potential of other employment; CHAPTER FOUR: TEACHING AND SERVICE:; 39) Publication is the only portable wealth; 40) Teaching is becoming more valuable for tenure; 41) Teaching is a learned art; 42) Go to Toastmasters if needed; 43) Meeting classes; 44) Distance learning; 45) Student excuses; 46) Student cheating; 47) Teaching can be dangerous; 48) Don't serve on committees where you are the expert; 49) The "mode" of the number of publications; CHAPTER FIVE: RESEARCH:; 50) Make sure you have time for research. 51) Tradeoff between teaching and research; 52) Quantitative and qualitative methods; 53) Learn grantsmanship; 54) Writing the grant proposal; 55) If your grant proposal is declined; 56) Advisory panel in the proposal; 57) Advisory panel after proposal accepted; 58) Get the grant in writing; CHAPTER SIX: TENURE:; 59) Tenure is the prize; 60) Why tenure is a hurdle; 61) The tenure clock is 4.5 years; 62) Tenure committees count refereed publications; 63) If you are tenured, keep it when you change jobs; 64) Tenure can be negotiated on the way in; 65) Tenure is tougher in cross-disciplinary fields; 66) Tenure may not be here forever; 67) Rolling tenure review; 68) Tenured slots may decrease with time; CHAPTER SEVEN: ACADEMIC RANK:; 69) Tenured full professor is freedom; 70) As a full professor you must be known for something; 71) Don't become a Permanent Associate Professor; 72) Pay raises for promotion; CHAPTER EIGHT: SALARY:; 73) Academics are risk averse; 74) Nine-month contracts; 75) Salary variation by field; 76) Administrators make more; 77) Summer pay; CHAPTER NINE: LIFE AS AN ACADEMIC:; 78) Bad deans; 79) Don't choose sides in department politics; 80) Don't take a joint appointment; 81) Secretaries are a scarce resource; 82) Value your TA's and graders; 83) Grading; 84) Research assistants; 85) Physical Plant; 86) Join the faculty club; 87) Office hours; 88) Sabbaticals; 89) Collegiality; 90) Professors are public persons; 91) Freedom of speech; 92) Attend campus lectures; 93) Letters of reference for students; 94) Writing external letters of evaluation; 95) The computer center; 96) E- mail; 97) The down side of e-mail; 98) Don't get on too many e-mail lists; 99) E-mail from your students; 100) Keep up with computer developments; 101) Meetings and digital publication; 102) Interlibrary loan; 103) Digital libraries; 104) Development; 105) Alumni office; 106) Public relations; 107) Faculty senate; 108) A job for full professors; 109) The limited powers of department chairs; 110) The role conflict in the job; 111) Leadership; 112) Dealing with student problems; 113) The redeeming social values of the job; 114) Don't stay in the job too long; 115) Student grievances; 116) Sexual harassment; 117) Serving on the grievance committee; 118) Being a grievant; 119) Free time; 120) Political leanings; CHAPTER TEN: DIVERSITY:; 121) The; continuing goal; 122) Variation among institutions; 123) Assessing colleagues and deans; 124) Indicators of true diverse hiring; 125) Climate for women; 126) The literature; CHAPTER ELEVEN: ON WRITING:; 127) Learn how to write clearly; 128) Learn the fine points of English; 129) Spell check and grammar check; 130) Plagiarism is a no-no; 131) Limits on self-plagiarism; 132) Drew's Rule of Conference Redundancy; 133) Pool of research references; 134) Reuse of dissertation references; CHAPTER TWELVE: ON PUBLISHING:; 135) Submit your papers to the best journals in the field; 136) Write for refereed journals; 137) Avoid writing elementary textbooks; 138) Difference between 1st and nth paper; 139) Writing the nth paper; 140) Make contribution clear; 141) Revise papers quickly; 142) Turn your reviews of others around quickly; 143) Publish early and often; 144) Your dissertation is a publishing asset; 145) Your literature search is a treasure trove; 146) Include single author papers in your portfolio; 147) Coauthoring with superstars; 148) The delays in publication; 149) Don't become editor too early; 150) Advantages of being reviewer; 151) Usefulness of publisher reps.; 152) Meet the publisher's editors; 153) Selecting a publisher; CHAPTER THIRTEEN: PERSONAL ITEMS:; 154) Learn new things over time; 155) Being expert witness; 156) Don't be a penny ante thief; 157) Learn time management; 158 Time to completion; CHAPTER FOURTEEN: FINAL THOUGHTS:; 159) Your reputation; 160) Treating students as guests; APPENDIX A: THE DISSERTATION:; 161) Finding a dissertation topic; 162) Problem solving model; 163) The dissertation proposal; 164) The range of your literature review; 165) Selecting the dissertation advisory committee; 166) The chain of references; 167) Coupling discussion of results with the literature review; 168) The risk of "not significant" results; APPENDIX B: OUTSIDE INCOME:; 169) Consulting as a hired hand:; 170) Don't live on your consulting income; 171) Paying taxes on consulting income; 172) Grants and contracts; 173) The summer teaching option; 174) Regular income vs. Schedule C income; 175) Pro Bono work; 176) Consulting pay rate; 177) Teaching in 2 schools; APPENDIX C: WRITING HINTS:; 178) Explain only what reader needs to know; 179) Avoid passive voice; 180 Avoid should and must; 181) Avoid too much bold face and italics; 182) Effective and efficient; 183) Avoid generalizing from a single case; 184) Use of lists; 185) Figures and Tables; 186) "Styles" in word processors; 187) Spell checker; 188) References; 189) Eliminate Poor Writing Habits; 190) Bad words; APPENDIX D: YOUR HEALTH:; 191 Avoid stress; 192) Start a health and fitness program; 193) Exercise; 194) Addictions; 195) Weight control; 1960 Diet; 197) Meditation; 198) Appearance; 199) Insurance.

About the Author

David Drew and Paul Gray are professors at Claremont Graduate University in California, one in information systems and the other in education. Between them they were students in 6 graduate programs, taught full time at 7 universities, and mentored over 50 PhDs, many of whom are now tenured professors. David E. Drew is Joseph B. Platt Chair and Professor of Education at Claremont Graduate University, as well as Chairman of the board of the Western Science Education Consortium. He is a sociologist who applies quantitative and qualitative techniques, especially multivariate models, in studying the development of individual potential and the growth of organizations, especially educational organizations.

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