In this book, Guy R. McPherson feeds a sophisticated audience hungry for practical, inspirational, and witty advice. He begins by answering the question, 'Why choose academia?,' then addresses the fundamental nature of the 'life of mind' before addressing questions that deal with the 'how' and 'what' of teaching. Finally, McPherson turns to issues of career advancement and professional service. Each topics is described in a series of personal letters that will evoke laughter, reflection, and contemplation for young scholars.
Letters to a Young Academic is nonetheless an excellent book because it is honest and personal....It is compelling, contemporary, and caring, and readers can surely relate to the joys and sorrows it describes....Read it with appreciation, with caution, with humor, and with the grain of salt that the author would expect from any credible student or colleague. -- Michael Theall * Journal of Higher Education *
McPherson gives young academicians practical advice about why they are choosing what is in essence an alternative lifestyle, what they will learn, what they will face as the concepts behind higher education change, and how to be as honest with oneself as possible. * Reference and Research Book News *
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter I Chapter 3 Chapter II Chapter 4 Chapter III Chapter 5 Chapter IV Chapter 6 Chapter V Chapter 7 Chapter VI Chapter 8 Chapter VII Chapter 9 Chapter VIII Chapter 10 Chapter IX Chapter 11 Chapter X Chapter 12 Chapter XI Chapter 13 Chapter XII Chapter 14 Chapter XIII Chapter 15 Chapter XIV Chapter 16 Chapter XV Chapter 17 Chapter XVI Chapter 18 Chapter XVII Chapter 19 Chapter XVIII Chapter 20 Chapter XIX Chapter 21 Chapter XX