Obtaining a Ph.D.
"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
doctoral students specifically in
mind and covers topics such as teaching, surviving in graduate school,
completing the dissertation, and more.
A parallel list of Publications
under Obtaining Employment covers looking for positions and developing a career path
after 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.
The Art and Politics of College Teaching: A Practical Guide for the Beginning Professor.
New York: Peter Lang (1992, 2001).
Covers academic life from the
first job to preparation for retirement, including teaching, publishing
(and not perishing), serving on committees and associations, promotion
and tenure, dealing with students and colleagues, and more.
Caplan, Paula J. Lifting a Ton of Feathers:
A Woman's Guide for Surviving in the Academic World.
Toronto; Buffalo: University of Toronto Press (1993).
information about the prejudice women may encounter and practical
advice on how to survive and even thrive in the academic workplace.
Feibelman, Peter J.
A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!
A Guide to Survival in Science.
Reading, Massachusetts: Perseus Books (1993).
Offers advice for succeeding in academia and establishing a research path or program.
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 finding a mentor, finishing the
dissertation, getting a job, obtaining tenure, and more.
Alicia. The African American Student's Guide to Surviving
Graduate School. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE
Publications (1998). Deals with practical, psychological, and
social aspects of completing graduate school. The book is part of
"Graduate Survival Skills."
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.
Peters, Robert L.
Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to
Earning a Master's or a Ph.D. (1997).
Covers the academic and personal logistics of surviving graduate
school, from applying to school through to
writing a thesis and landing a job.
Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in
Science and Engineering. New York: IEEE Press (1997).
Prepares students for finding and succeeding in academic
careers; focuses on teaching as well as research and the possibility of
considering other options. Read
excerpts at http://cis.stanford.edu/structure/tomorrowprof.html.
Sternberg, David Joel.
How to Complete and Survive a Doctoral Dissertation.
New York: St. Martin's Press (1981).
Provides advice on
rearranging one's personal life to accommodate the dissertation writing
activity and explains away many of the myths about writing a
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 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,
a practical guide with sections on finishing the dissertation, grant
writing, publishing, 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/.