Title

Forging a Rewarding Career in the Humanities: Advice for Academics

Document Type

Edited Volume

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Sense Publishers

Place of Publication

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

ISBN/ISSN

978-94-6209-843-5

Abstract

As has been abundantly documented in the popular and academic press, the humanities are facing challenging times marked by national debate regarding the importance of the humanities in higher education, program and budget cuts, and an ever-decreasing number of tenure-track jobs. In addition, the humanities face quite literally a quantification of their value as the Academy adopts a more corporate mindset.

This volume provides advice to professionals in the humanities on how to forge a useful, compelling, and productive career. The book’s 13 chapters address professional approaches to developing and maintaining an active research agenda, fomenting the ideals of the teacher-scholar model, managing the service demands within and outside the college or university, and navigating institutional politics. The collection offers practical and theoretical approaches to higher education, personal anecdotes, intelligent advice, and interviews with colleagues in the humanities.

Specific themes addressed include the transition from graduate student to humanities professional, diverging from prescribed paths, the humanities professor as creative writer, moving from secondary to post-secondary education, humanities in an international, market-based context, and participation in governance structures.

Keywords

higher education, academia, careers in the humanities

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Leadership | Higher Education | Higher Education and Teaching