The Academic′s Handbook, Fourth Edition

Revised and Expanded

Book Pages: 352 Illustrations: Published: October 2020

General Interest, Pedagogy and Higher Education

In recent years, the academy has undergone significant changes: a more competitive and volatile job market has led to widespread precarity, teaching and service loads have become more burdensome, and higher education is becoming increasingly corporatized. In this revised and expanded edition of The Academic's Handbook, more than fifty contributors from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds offer practical advice for academics at every career stage, whether they are first entering the job market or negotiating the post-tenure challenges of leadership and administrative roles. Contributors affirm what is exciting and fulfilling about academic work while advising readers about how to set and protect boundaries around their energy and labor. In addition, the contributors tackle topics such as debates regarding technology, social media, and free speech on campus; publishing and grant writing; attending to the many kinds of diversity among students, staff, and faculty; and how to balance work and personal responsibilities. A passionate and compassionate volume, The Academic's Handbook is an essential guide to navigating life in the academy.

Contributors. Luis Alvarez, Steven Alvarez, Eladio Bobadilla, Genevieve Carpio, Marcia Chatelain, Ernesto Chávez, Miroslava Chávez-García, Nathan D. B. Connolly, Jeremy V. Cruz, Cathy N. Davidson, Sarah Deutsch, Brenda Elsey, Sylvanna M. Falcón, Michelle Falkoff, Kelly Fayard, Matthew W. Finkin, Lori A. Flores, Kathryn J. Fox, Frederico Freitas, Neil Garg, Nanibaa’ A. Garrison, Joy Gaston Gayles, Tiffany Jasmin González, Cynthia R. Greenlee, Romeo Guzmán, Lauren Hall-Lew, David Hansen, Heidi Harley, Laura M. Harrison, Sonia Hernández, Sharon P. Holland, Elizabeth Q. Hutchison, Deborah Jakubs, Bridget Turner Kelly, Karen Kelsky, Stephen Kuusisto, Magdalena Maczynska, Sheila McManus, Cary Nelson, Jocelyn H. Olcott, Rosanna Olsen, Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Charles Piot, Bryan Pitts, Sarah Portnoy, Laura Portwood-Stacer, Yuridia Ramirez, Meghan K. Roberts, John Elder Robison, David Schultz, Lynn Stephen, James E. Sutton, Antar A. Tichavakunda, Keri Watson, Ken Wissoker, Karin Wulf


“With beautifully written, thoughtful, and quite moving selections, this revised and expanded edition of the classic Academic's Handbook is very relevant to contemporary academic life and will find a wide audience across the academy. This excellent book makes an important contribution.” — Paige West, Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

“What a phenomenal resource! Lori A. Flores and Jocelyn H. Olcott provide a prismatic and comprehensive picture of graduate education today while foregrounding matters of equity, inclusion, and labor. A wide range of voices provide concrete advice, personal narratives, case studies, and high-level context to the reader as well as fresh tools to navigate the university landscape and life after graduate school.” — Katina L. Rogers, author of Putting the Humanities PhD to Work: Thriving in and beyond the Classroom


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Lori A. Flores is Associate Professor of History at Stony Brook University (SUNY) and the author of Grounds for Dreaming: Mexican Americans, Mexican Immigrants, and the California Farmworker Movement.

Jocelyn H. Olcott is Professor of History at Duke University and the author of Revolutionary Women in Postrevolutionary Mexico, also published by Duke University Press, and International Women's Year: The Greatest Consciousness-Raising Event in History.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction / Lori Flores and Jocelyn Olcott  1
Part I. Your Career Arc from Grad School to Retirement
1. The Tenure-Track Job Search, Start to Finish / Karen Kelsky  9
2. Developing an Academic Identity: Lead with "You" / Yuridia Ramírez  18
3. How to Negotiate for a Higher Salary / Lori Flores and Jocelyn Olcott  24
4. Scholarship and Life off the Tenure Track / Bryan Pitts  28
5. The Danger of Doing Other Things: Why I'm a Scholar but Not an Academic / Cynthia R. Greenlee  32
6. From Contract to Tenure / Sylvanna M. Falcón  38
7. A Few Rules of Thumb about Conference Presentations and Invited Talks / Lori Flores and Jocelyn Olcott  45
8. Finding My Way in Academia: My Non-Tenure-Track Path to Success in Food Studies / Sarah Portnoy  47
9. Surviving the Dream / Sarah Deutsch  56
Part II. The Trinity of Academic Life: Research, Teaching, and Service
10. Applying Successfully for Grants and Fellowships / Miroslava Chávez-García, Luis Alvarez, and Ernesto Chávez  71
11. The Modern Research Library / David Hansen and Deborah Jakubs  82
12. Suggestions for Alleviating IRB Angst / James E. Sutton  95
13. Informed Consent and the Ethics of IRB Research: A Case Study of the Havasupai Tribe's Lawsuit against Genetic Research / Nanibaa' A. Garrison  103
14. Publishing Your Research / Rosanna Kathleen Olsen  109
15. Academic Book Publishing / Cathy N. Davidson and Ken Wissoker  118
16. Holding the Space: Reflections on Small-Class Teaching and Learning / Magdalena Mączyńska  142
17. Teaching the Large Lecture / Genevieve Carpio and Neil K. Garg  156
18. Lessons from the #FergusonSyllabus / Marcia Chatelain  165
19. Creative Approaches to Student Assessment: Structure of an Interdisciplinary Group Project / Frederico Freitas, Brenda Elsey, Steven Alvarez, Jeremy Cruz, Romeo Guzmán, Sonia Hernández and Tiffany Jasmin González, Sheila McManus, Laura Portwood-Stacer, and Meghan Roberts  172
20. Technology in Teaching / Laura Harrison  181
21. Neurodiversity in the Classroom / John Elder Robison and Karin Wulf  189
22. "Typical Dreamer": Some Reflections on Teaching, Advising, and Advocating for Undocumented, Veteran, and Nontraditional Students / Eladio Bobadilla  193
23. Understanding Microaggressions / Antar Tichavakunda  203
24. Shifting Borders: Collaborative Teaching and Researching with Students on Latinx Roots in Oregon / Lynn Stephen  208
25. The Florida Prison Education Project / Keri Watson  217
26. So, You Want to Start a College-in-Prison Program? / Kathryn J. Fox  221
27. Service Learning: Doing Development in West Africa / Charles Piot  223
28. Mentoring for Success across the Academic Spectrum / Joy Gaston Gayles and Bridget Turner Kelly  232
29. Anonymous: Making the Best of a Peer Review / Sharon P. Holland  240
30. Questions to Ask Yourself about Requests for Service / Lori Flores and Jocelyn Olcott  247
Part III. Issues in Today's Academy
31. Navigating Social Media as an Academic / Natalia Mehlman Petrzela  255
32. My Social Media Philosophy in (Roughly) One Thousand Words / N. D. B. Connolly  258
33. Moving beyond Student Teaching Evaluations / Michelle Falkoff  261
34. Work-Family Balance in Academia / Lauren Hall-Lew and Heidi Harley  265
35. Ableism in the Academy—It's What's for Breakfast / Stephen Kuusisto  272
36. Free Speech and Academic Freedom / Matthew W. Finkin  274
37. Contingency / Cary Nelson  285
38. The Corporate University in the Age of Trump / David Schultz  295
39. Making Campus Safer: Academics Fighting Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment / Elizabeth Quay Hutchison  302
40. Decolonizing and Building Community / Kelly Fayard  318
Contributors  323
Index  331
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1111-8 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1006-7