You're a new assistant professor? Not quite on top of it yet?
Here are some books etc. that may help:
Got a grand plan, research-wise? Thought through all the
- How to have a Bad Career in Research/Academia,
David Patterson, 1994. (35 slides,
author is a computer scientist)
- Advice to a Young Scientist. P. B. Medwar. Basic Books, 1979.
0-465-00092-4. (106 pages. medicine.)
- A Ph.D. is Not Enough: A guide to survival in science. Peter
J. Feibelman. Addison-Wesley, 1993. 0-201-62663-2.
(109 pages. solid state physicist.)
- The Incomplete Guide to the Art of Discovery. Jack E. Oliver.
Columbia University Press, 1991. 0-231-07620-7.
(208 pages. geophysicist.)
- The Compleat Academic: A practical guide for the beginning social
scientist. M. P. Zanna and J. M. Darley (Eds.). Random House, 1987.
- The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd Ed. Thomas
S. Kuhn. University of Chicago Press, 1970. 0-226-45804-0.
(210 pages. historian/philosopher.)
How's teaching? Just getting by?
Not getting good work out of your students?
Rather just do it yourself?
- How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie.
Simon and Schuster, 1936/1981. 0-671-72365. (262 pages)
- Your Students are your Legacy. David Patterson.
online, 2009. (5 pages) [computer science]
- Advising Students for Success. Jeffrey Ullman.
online, 2009. (4 pages) [computer science]
- How to be a Terrible Research Advisor. Nigel Ward.
(3 pages) [computer science] funny
- Advisor, Teacher, Role Model, Friend:
On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering.
National Academy Press, 1997, 0-309-06363-9.
- any book with the word "management" or "leadership" in the title.
Wishing the university was just run sensibly?
- The University: An owner's manual. Henry Rosovsky. Norton,
1990. 0-393-30783-2. (309 pages) [Dean's perspective]
Are research grants the purpose of life?
- The Economic Laws of Scientific Research. Terence Kealey.
MacMillan, 1996. 0-333-65755-1. (353 pages).
Are your colleagues weird or is it you?
- Lucky Jim. Kingsley Amis. Penguin, 1954.
(251 pages) [English lit. lecturer's perspective] funny!
- Moo. Jane Smiley. Flamingo, 1995. (414 pages)
[English lit., wide perspective] funny!
- Changing Places. David Lodge. Penguin, 1975.
(251 pages) [English lit. full prof's perspective] funny!
- Straight Man. Richard Russo. Vintage, 1997.
(391 pages) [English lit. chairman's perspective] funny!
- The Emperor of Ocean Park. Stephen L. Carter. Knopf 2002.
(672 pages) [law professor's perspective]
Or you could just go somewhere else:
10 things to ask for when negotiating an academic job offer.
Nigel Ward, 2002. funny.
last update: February 2019.