Reviews & Endorsements:
"Authors, Paul Gray and David E. Drew’s (2012) text is a well written, excellent read, that is insightful for those who are in the process of starting their academic career. From the start to finish, they provide the reader with a lot of useful tips to help one be more savvy and keen as an academic. Readers should enjoy this book because it is well organized and structured. Additionally, the chapters and hints are laid out in a way that is easy and pleasurable to read. The authors do a good job of describing terms and breaking larger concepts into smaller sections or over several tips to allow for the reader to get a better grasp of the overall ideas put forth. They also write in a clear, concise and, more importantly, a direct manner. In essence, Gray and Drew do not try to stump you, nor do they try to act as if they are leading experts. Rather, they sincerely convey their thoughts based upon their experiences as professors. The topics covered in this book are essential and useful because they walk you through several stages of what it takes to have a successful academic career, such as ways to complete your dissertation and effectively publish to working through your first job search and colleague relations. That said, if you are considering a career in the professoriate or currently in a PhD program, and would like a few helpful hints please consider reading this text."
“Filled with enough advice to help keep one engaged and productive for an entire academic career.”
The Journal of Scholarly Publishing
“We plan to buy one of these for each of our incoming faculty and doctoral students. Take a look. It’s a wonderful read.”
The Review of Higher Education, Dennis E. Gregory
"This manual's strength is in the crisp, straightforward tips on subjects ranging from how to handle students who may present a physical danger to how to navigate new technology for better teaching, research and writing. It is presented with a clever wit [and] includes a chapter on diversity that is brief and blunt."
Black Issues in Higher Education
"The second updated edition of What They Didn't Teach You in Graduate School: 299 Helpful Hints for Success in Your Academic Career includes a hundred new tips and keys to success in obtaining a PhD, and covers everything from the underlying rules of academic life to the dissertation process, job hunting, and dealing with students. From those who are students to those who have just landed their first faculty position but still strive for their PhDs, this is packed with clear directions and insights not to be missed!"