Early Career Resources

(commentaries were obtained from http://web.utk.edu/~utkgta/html/jobs.html.)


Berube, M. (1995). Standard deviation: Skyrocketing job requirements inflame political tensions. Academe , 81 (6), 26-29. The author argues that there are fewer academic jobs available, those that exist have unreasonably high expectations for research and teaching, and they offer little support for such high expectations for successful candidates. 

Brill, A., & Larson, D. (1995). Are we training our students for real jobs? Academe , 81 (6), 36-38. The authors discuss the role of science Ph.D.s in industry and business.

Brodie, J. (1995). Whatever happened to the job boom? Academe , 81 (1), 12-15. “There are currently more college teaching positions than at any time in U.S. history. So why aren’t there any jobs?

Burke, D. (1995). Plus ca change: An academic workforce in transition. Academe , 81 (1), 7-11. The author discusses the search process as well as other factors creating a changed workforce in higher education .

Darley, J., & Zanna, M. (1981). An introduction to the hiring process in academic psychology. Canadian Psychology , 22 (3), 228-237.

Gilbert, S. (1996). The (academic) job system and the economy, stupid; or, should a friend let a friend get a Ph.D.? Academe , 82 (5), 12-15. The author examines the “job crisis” in higher education and the purposes of graduate education .

Hartle, T., & Galloway, F. (1996). Too many PhDs? Too many MDs? Academe , 82 (5), 27-33. The authors examine the supply and demand of Ph.D.s and the failure to address their unemployment/ underemployment .

Heiberger, M.M. & Vick, J.M.  (2001).  The Academic Job Search Handbook. 

Iacono, W. (1981). The academic job search: The experiences of a new PhD in the job market. Canadian Psychology , 22 (3), 217-227. A new Ph.D. in psychology describes his academic job search: application, interview, publications, job “talk,” rejection, offers, and decision-making.

Knutson, P. (1995). An academic peddler. Academe , 81 (1), 16-18. Eight years post-Ph.D. in sociology, the author is a writer and commercial fisherman and continuing his academic job search.

Nelson, C. (1995). Lessons from the job wars: What is to be done? Academe , 81 (6), 18-25. The author offers a 12-step program for academia to address the problem of underpaid GTAs and underemployed new Ph.D.s.

Wilson, R. (1996, September 27). How 5 promising graduates of top Ph.D. programs are embarking on their careers in the professoriate. Chronicle of Higher Education , 43 (5), A10-A13. The author describes the job search and academic program and qualifications of five new Ph.D. students, including a Cornell ecologist whose job search led to a tenure-track position in Tennessee. Reports include “‘Off the charts’ at 25, a Harvard economist joins the Chicago business faculty,” “A chemical engineer who also works in physics and biochemistry goes on the tenure track at UCLA,” “The University of Virginia’s English department hires a modernist with eclectic interests, “A new historian at Princeton combines interests in China, gender studies and medicine,” A Cornell Ph.D. in ecology heads to the U. Of the south because of his passion for teaching.”

Wilson, R. (1996, September 20). Weary of commuter marriages, more couples in academe make career sacrifices to be together. Chronicle of Higher Education , 43 (4), A10- A11. The author describes the efforts of couples, including one with an ex-husband who shared child custody, to obtain academic employment at the same university by job sharing and turning down prestigious job offers. (Yes, the married couple and the woman’s ex-husband were all hired by an “East Coast prestigious institution.” ).


Books and Book Chapters:

Anthony, R. & Roe, G.  (1998).  The curriculum vitae handbook.  San Francisco, CA: Rudi Publishing.

Barker, K.  (2002).  At the helm: A laboratory navigator.  Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Bloom, D.F., Karp, J.D. & Cohen, N.  (1998).  The Ph.D. Process: A student’s guide to graduate school in the sciences.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Boice, R.  Advice for new faculty members: Nihil nimus.  Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Caplan, P.J.  (1993).  Lifting a ton of feathers: A woman’s guide to surviving in the academic world.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Crossman E., & Nazzaro, J. (1976). The vita. In P.J. Woods (Ed.), Career opportunities for psychologists (pp. 53-61). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. A sample of 254 “exceptionally impressive” vitae was analyzed; two sample vitae that illustrate common elements of these are presented.

Darley, J., & Zanna, M. (1987). The hiring process in academia. In M. Zanna & J. Darley (Eds.), The compleat academic: A practical guide for the beginning social scientist (pp. 3-22). New York: Random House. The authors offer suggestions on vita preparation, research presentation during an interview, questions asked and to ask, etc. to “facilitate the discussion of these issues between graduate students and interested faculty members.”

Feibelman, P.J.  (1993).  A Ph.D. is not enough: A guide to survival in science.  Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.

Formo, D.M. & Reed, C. (1998).   Job search in academe: Strategic rhetorics for faculty job candidates.  Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

Goldsmith, J.A., Komlos, J. & Gold, P.S.  (2001).  The Chicago guide to your academic career: A portable mentor for scholars from graduate school through tenure.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Grinder, R. (1976). Unsolicited letters: A do-it-yourself prescription for coping with the job shortage when you are a member of the Ph.D. surplus. In P.J. Woods (Ed.), Career opportunities for psychologists (pp.65-73). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. An associate dean, the recipient of numerous unsolicited application letters, describes seven blunders to avoid when sending unsolicited letters.

Heiberger, M.M. & Vick, J.M. (2001).  The academic job search handbook.  Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Jackson, A. & Geckeis, K.  (2003).  How to prepare you curriculum vitae.  New York: McGraw Hill.

Kronenfield, J.J. & Lynn-Whicker, M.  (1997).  Getting an academic job: Strategies for success. Newbury Park, CA:  Sage Publications.

Magnan, R. & Schoenfeld, A.C.  (1994).  Mentor in a manual: Climbing the academic ladder to tenure.  Madison, WI: Magna Publications.

Menges, R.  (1999).  Faculty in new jobs: A guide to settling in, becoming established, and building institutional support.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Reis, R.M.  (2001).  Tomorrow's professor : Preparing for careers in science and engineering.  Picataway, NJ: Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Press.

Sternberg, R.J. (2003).  Psychology 101 ½: The unspoken rules for success in academia.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Toth, E.  (1997).  Ms. Mentor’s impeccable advice for women in academia.  Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Zanna, M., & Darley, J. (Eds.). (1987). The compleat academic. New York: Random House. This edited book includes information on obtaining academic employment (and one chapter on non-academic research employment), tips on teaching and research, working with graduate students, and obtaining grants and publications. (2003 edition now available)