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How To Guidebooks 

Written from experience, created

for Doctoral Students, Post-docs, and Young Academics.

If you can use some help navigating the rules of applying and landing a faculty position in Academia or are at the stage of entering into the promotion & tenure process, we're here to help.

Our books are written and designed to give you the information you need so you can learn how to get, do, and keep the job of your dreams. 

"The SURVIVAL guide for all young academics!"
Dr. A. Letsinger - Post-doc | National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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Finding the Best Faculty Job for You - 2nd Edition helps the reader discover the "business" of Academia and learn how to get, do, and keep a faculty position in Academia. 

With this guidebook, the reader will learn how to:

  • Write effective application documents in less time.

  • Understand the hiring "black hole."

  • Clarify their future in academia.

  • Find and apply for jobs.

  • Dress for interview success - without breaking the bank

  • Ask insightful interview questions.

  • Plan their job talk

  • Discover the Search Committee and Department Chair process as they move through the interview and hiring process.

  • Negotiate an offer and contract.

This book includes writing examples and guidelines for the seven (7) required application documents.

Students & Faculty you can find our e-books
at VitalSource.
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eTextbooks | Rent or Buy Online

Flexible technology to deliver affordable, accessible, impactful learning experiences for students.

"Finding the Best Faculty Job for You answers nearly all the tough questions about tackling and thriving in academia.

From addressing the ‘elephants-in-the-room’ – such as how to deal with departmental dynamics, or the pitfalls of securing external funding – to highlight the importance of professional grace, Lightfoot’s insights, tips, and strategies are vital!

Dr. Lightfoot candidly shares some of his own experiences and adds a much-needed touch of humor to difficult topics – making Surviving Your First Five Years a joy to read and an indispensable tool for success!”

Dr. P. Goodson, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence

Texas A&M University

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Surviving Your First 5 Years As A Faculty Member removes the surprises and questions that a young academic has in the critical first few years as a faculty member.  

By utilizing the tips and techniques in this book, readers will learn how: 

  • To transition from being a newly hired Assistant Professor to a seasoned, promoted, and tenured Associate Professor.​

  • Improve their professional network

  • Strengthen teaching expertise

  • Develop a robust research portfolio

  • Increase external funding

  • Manage  service commitments

  • Create a solid promotion and tenure packet

Discover how to prepare for promotion and tenure, navigate your early years, survive, and thrive in academia.


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"After reading Finding the Best Faculty Job for You, I've gained the knowledge not only to find and obtain the job I want but also to be able to negotiate my future salary strategically!!


Needless to say, my anxiety is gone, and I'm now enjoying the job hunt process!!”

Dr. J. Granados


Texas Health Resources

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