Ph.D. Career Resources: Publications
"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.
This list is not exhaustive: it provides a cross-section of some of the
more current publications aimed at graduate students and Ph.D.'s.
Suggestions for additional listings can be sent to 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, etc.
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.
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).
Offers advice for succeeding in academia, 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 finding a mentor, finishing the
dissertation, getting a job, obtaining tenure, and more.
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
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."
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 psychological and
social as well as the 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
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 and for financial aid 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.
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
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
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, is
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/.