This been has been a while in the making. Soon after my first book came out on Navigating Graduate School and Beyond I began to receive comments about my perspectives on how early career faculty should navigate their careers and how they should manage the plethora of responsibilities.
I started writing several pieces and then my administrative responsibilities weighed me down. Nearly two years ago, a colleague of mine (you know who you are) and I were having dinner at a conference venue in San Francisco. He asked me how my second book was coming along and to that I responded something like, ‘I am not sure I am going to be able to complete the project because of the intensity of my work’. To that he calmly replied ‘You have to think outside the box, even with your responsibilities, on how to get the project done’. At least he seemed to think that this book was necessary for early career faculty. I took his comments to his heart and began to chip away at the book. What started out as blogs, became chapters and eventually two students helped me seam together my book.
Currently, I am in discussion with a publisher who seems to be excited about the book and we are working through the details about the process at this time.
My hope and goal is that this book will come out in December right before an annual conference in Washington, DC.
Teaser material for the book is here : https://profsacblog.wordpress.com/
For those of you who have read my first book, I promise that the tone will be the same – conversational and easy to read. Topics like ‘How to navigate department politics’, and ‘beyond tenure’ are bound to be a fun read!
I have two animation art majors coming up with illustrations for the book as well. My first review of the illustrations indicates that this is going to be absolutely fantastic!