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What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School

http://chronicle.com/weekly/v54/i33/33a04001.htm

From the issue dated April 25, 2008
POINT OF VIEW

By PAUL GRAY and DAVID E. DREW

Most new Ph.D.’s who accept faculty positions are shocked to discover that no one told them what their day-to-day jobs would really entail. They struggled as graduate students to master the literature, theories, models, and analytical techniques in their fields and wrote dissertations of which they are proud, but they quickly realize that this knowledge is separate and distinct from understanding and dealing with the challenges and obstacles that face a beginning professor.

After spending eight or more years observing professors, many Ph.D. candidates and new Ph.D.’s assume that there is little they need to learn about the job. We believe that they are wrong. What new professors don’t know can, and usually does, hurt their careers. Here is some advice based on what we’ve learned over the years about the job and what we try to impart, as mentors, to our students and newly hired colleagues:

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