"Selected Bibliography on Doctoral Education"
on our website provides information about re-envisioning doctoral education from the
perspective of many stakeholders. The following list, however, was compiled with the career interests of doctoral students, newly-minted Ph.D.'s,
post-docs, and beginning academics specifically in mind.
parallel list of Publications
under Obtaining the Ph.D. covers preparing for professional life while still in graduate
school. This list is not exhaustive: it provides a cross-section of some of the
more current publications aimed at graduate students. We welcome
additional suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debelius, Maggie and Basalla, Susan Elizabeth.
So What Are You Going to Do With That?: A Guide for
M.A.'s and Ph.D.'s Seeking Careers Outside the Academy.
New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux (2001). Two English Ph.D.s
cover the transition to the "post-academic" world.
They offer both specific advice about job-hunting and provide a
general, often humorous perspective on the process of moving out of
academia. Find resources
cited in their book at http://www.phdcareer.com/
Feibelman, Peter J.
A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!
A Guide to Survival in Science.
Reading, Massachusetts: Perseus Books (1993). Includes advice for
preparing for and
choosing among research jobs, government laboratories, and industry,
and establishing a research path or program.
Fiske, Peter S.
To Boldly Go: A Practical Career Guide for Scientists.
Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union (1996).
Written specifically for scientists, post-docs, and graduate
students in the sciences considering a range of non-academic career
Goldsmith, John A.; Komlos, John; and Schine Gold, Penny. The
Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars
from Graduate School through Tenure. Chicago: University of
Chicago Press (2001). Three scholars combine their experiences to offer
information about getting a job, obtaining tenure, and surviving academia as
well as succeeding in graduate school.
Heiberger, Mary Morris and Vick, Julia Miller.
The Academic Job Search Handbook. Philadelphia:
University of Pennsylvania Press (1996).
For recent Ph.D.'s going through their first job search, this
covers the specifics
of conferences and interviews, offers sample curricula vitae, cover
letters, and abstracts, and introduces the professorial professional
Kreeger, Karen Young.
Guide to Nontraditional Careers in Science.
Philadelphia: Taylor & Francis (1999).
Overviews various fields in which scientists might find work, including
law, business, writing and publishing, scientific journalism and
education. Each section includes interviews with people within the
field, tips for preparation, and contacts with trade organizations.
Lanks, Karl W. Academic Environment: A
Handbook for Evaluating Employment Opportunities in Science.
Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis (1996). Based on a survey of
around 1,500 faculty and staff at research and teaching institutions,
this covers evaluating job offers, understanding contracts, and a
system for judging the overall working conditions at an institution.
Newhouse, Margaret. Cracking the
Academic Nut: A Guide to Preparing For Your Academic Career.
Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press (1997). Targets
students preparing for graduate school as well as those who are
negotiating for or beginning their first academic jobs.
Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering
Alternative Careers. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press
(1993). Deals with the step-by-step psycho-social and practical aspects of making the transition to
alternative professional careers.
On the Market: Surviving the Academic Job
Search. New York: Riverhead Books (1997). This
collection of essays by new Ph.D.'s offers specific advice and tips for
the academic job search and discussions of the personal difficulties
Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower.
San Diego: Academic Press (1998).
Describes various careers available to scientists, the
personality types suited to each profession, career expectations, and
salary potential. Includes basic job descriptions, qualifications, and
responsibilities for each career, and what further opportunities stem
from each offer.
High-Tech Careers for Low-Tech People.
Berkeley: Ten Speed Press (1999).
Explains how people with humanities backgrounds can transition
into the technology field. Useful
information includes descriptions of many types of positions, how to
gain experience in the field, and the basics of computer technology and
Tobias, Sheila Tobias, Chubin, Daryl E., and
Aylesworth, Kevin. Rethinking Science as a Career.
Corp. (1995). Based on the authors' research on employment
prospects for new Ph.D.'s in the physical sciences, the authors propose
that we consider new educational options for students interested in
pursuing scientific careers.
Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (1997).
The Ann Landers of the MLA and The Chronicle of Higher Education's
Career section shares hard truths and dispenses advice with her
trademark dry delivery.
Verba, Cynthia. Scholarly Pursuits: A Practical Guide to Academe.
Cambridge, Mass.: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Office
of Student Affairs (1997). This booklet, published by Harvard, is
a practical guide with sections on grant writing and applying for teaching positions and
postdoctoral fellowships. For information about the booklet, see http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/academic/fellowships/scholarly.html.
For information about ordering, see http://www.gsas.harvard.edu/academic/fellowships/.