Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Managing Your Academic Career

Inside Higher Ed
October 14th, 2014

In my 10 years of interviewing and/or observing approximately 100 faculty members at various types of institutions, I have learned a great deal about how to shape and manage academic work in ways that promote meaningful, balanced, and satisfying careers. To prepare for a presentation at new faculty orientation at Saint Joseph’s University on academic career management strategies, I reviewed the field notes, interview transcripts, and publications from all of my past studies of academic careers with one question in mind: What strategies might best help new faculty members manage their academic careers during a time of rising expectations, decreasing resources, and diminishing boundaries between work and life?
From my review, I developed three categories of career management strategies that participants believed contributed to their professional success. The categories included: establishing a purpose, planning intentionally, and communicating strategically. Although these concepts are certainly not new, it is clear that the academic career and its complex settings are not always conducive to promoting these strategies.

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