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Tomorrow's Professor

TOMORROW'S PROFESSOR is designed to help you prepare for, find, and succeed at an academic career in science and engineering. At a time when anxiety around the academic career opportunities for Ph.D.s in such fields is at an all-time high, TOMORROW'S PROFESSOR provides a realistic, practical approach to career development for today's graduate students, postdocs, and beginning professors.

This book:

  • presents a no-holds barred look at the academic enterprise, separating myth from reality in a way that allows you to make informed career choices;
  • describes a powerful preparation strategy to make you competitive for academic positions while maintaining your options for worthwhile careers in government and industry;
  • explains how to get the offer you want and the start-up package you need to help insure success in your first critical years on the job;
  • provides essential insights from experienced faculty on how to develop a rewarding academic career and a quality of life that is both balanced and fulfilling.

TOMORROW'S PROFESSOR looks at the full range of North American four-year academic institutions while featuring some 30 vignettes and over 50 other individual stories that bring to life the principles and strategies outlined in the book.


May 1997/Softcover/400pp 

List Price: $39.95 

Member Price: $35.00 

IEEE Order No. PP5602-QCL 

ISBN 0-7803-1136-1 


  • Part I. Setting the Stage: The Academic Enterprise; Science and Engineering in Higher Education; New Challenges for the Professorate;
  • Part II. Preparing for an Academic Career: Your Professional Preparation Strategy; Research as a Graduate and Postdoc; Teaching Experiences Prior to Becoming a Professor;
  • Part III. Finding and Getting the Best Possible Academic Position: Identifying the Possibilities; Applying for Positions; Getting the Results You Want;
  • Part IV. Looking Ahead to Your First Years on the Job -- Advice From the Field: Insights on Managing Your Personal and Professional Life; Insights on Teaching and Learning; Insights on Research; Insights on Professional Responsibility; Insights on Tenure; Insights on Academia: Needed Changes; Appendices

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