What They Didn’t Teach You in Graduate School

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Educational Studies (CGU)

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Education | Other Education


The article presents advice for doctoral candidates about college teaching careers. Prospective PhDs are advised to finish their degrees quickly, to not accept a tenure-track faculty position without their doctorate completed, and to specialize in one area rather than pursuing several topics simultaneously. They are further advised to change jobs about every seven years, because that is often the only way to get major salary increase and gain attention as a new professor. Serving as a reviewer for top academic journals is also recommended.

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