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Karen Cardozo & Katherine Kearns 
Higher Education Careers Beyond the Professoriate 

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Higher Education Careers Beyond the Professoriate is one of the first collections to explore Ph D career versatility within higher education. The twenty-three contributors represent diverse disciplines, institution types, professional roles, and intersectional identities. Each thoughtful and personal essay explores firsthand what it means to remain in higher education, yet not in the traditional role of a professor. Topics include establishing new career paradigms, well-being and work-life balance, blended roles and identities, and professional work around advocacy and inclusion. Unifying the essays is the idea that career diversity is intertwined with other diversity discourse, yielding a broad-based but critical examination of careers in higher education administration.


Though the doctoral landscape continues to change, a self-determined, values-driven attitude remains essential. This book offers powerful insight into cultural and structural barriers that inhibit institutional transformation and obscure the real range of Ph D futures. Frank about both challenges and opportunities, these essays reveal how letting go of “track” thinking opens a constellation of possibilities and many paths to meaningful work and a fulfilling life.

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Table of Content

Foreword, by Natalie Lundsteen

Introduction: Navigating Disruption, Redefining Success, by Karen Cardozo, Katherine Kearns, and Shannan Palma

PART 1: CREATING, FINDING, AND OPENING CAREER DOORS

1 Let’s Stop Saying “Career Path”: Meandering Through a Career in Academia, by David A. Mc Donald

2 “This Isn’t What I Thought It Would Be”: Building New Identities and Skills in the Academy, by Heather Dwyer and Katharine P. Walsh

3 Getting from Here to There: Navigating Career Crossroads as a Black Woman Scientist, by Diedra M. Wrighting

4 Contingencies and Possibilities, by Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli

PART 2: INTER/DISCIPLINARY TRANSFER

5 Applied Humanities at Work in STEM Graduate Education, by Jessica A. Hutchins

6 From Humanities Tenure Track to Medical School Communications, by Leigh Tillman Partington

7 Ph Ds Going Rogue: From the Bench to the Library and Beyond, by Stacey E. Wahl and Carrie L. Iwema

8 Finding Neverland: From Chimpanzee Research to Career Services, by Sarah K. Barks

PART 3: CRAFTING BLENDED POSITIONS AND IDENTITIES

9 Embracing Both/And: Reflections from a Boundary-Spanning Pracademic, by Barbara Jacoby

10 On Our Own Terms: Becoming an Independent Researcher and Writer, by Lee Skallerup Bessette

11 Ambivalent in a Good Way: On Both Staying In and Leaving Academia, by Clare Forstie

12 From Stuck to Satisfied: Creating a Joyful, Balanced Life, by Kristine Lodge

PART 4: CENTERING PERSONAL VALUES, CULTIVATING WORK–LIFE FULFILLMENT

13 Finding Your Place, Finding Your Voice, by Alexis Boyer

14 Well-Being as a Guiding Light Toward a Fulfilling Career, by Kristine M. Sikora

15 Embracing Uncertainty: Following My Values Toward a Career in Faculty Development, by Ryan Rideau

PART 5: NAVIGATING INSTITUTIONAL STRUCTURES AND CULTURES

16 Horizontal Mentoring: The Positive Impact of a Diverse Graduate Student Professional Development Community, by Marisella Rodriguez and Sarah Silverman

17 When One Door Closes, Another Door . . . Also Closes: The Rewards and Challenges of Work in

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, by Jacob Mc Williams

18 Cultivating Community as an Administrator, by Sarah Chobot Hokanson

19 Queering Careers: LGBTQ+ Advocacy on Campus and Beyond, by Kimberly Creasap and Dorian Rhea Debussy

Afterword: Fostering Career Versatility in Ph D Education, by Trevor M. Verrot

Appendix A. Ph D Characteristics of Essay Contributors

Appendix B. Current Employment Characteristics of Essay Contributors

Appendix C. Personal Identities of Essay Contributors

Annotated Bibliography

About the Contributors

Index

About the author

Shannan Palma is co-executive director of the Autistic Self-Reliance Support Network and vice president of continuing education for HER Academy. She earned her Ph D in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies from Emory University. Her research has been published in Marvels & Tales: The Journal of Fairy-tale Studies and various edited volumes. She has appeared on numerous panels advising graduate students on industry and higher education careers beyond the professoriate.
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Language English ● Format EPUB ● Pages 374 ● ISBN 9781612498973 ● File size 2.2 MB ● Editor Karen Cardozo & Katherine Kearns ● Publisher Purdue University Press ● City IN ● Country US ● Published 2024 ● Downloadable 24 months ● Currency EUR ● ID 8897853 ● Copy protection Adobe DRM
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