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Letters to a Young Academic

Seeking Teachable Moments

Guy R. McPherson

Young academicians are serious scholars and voracious readers who are perennially in search of practical and inspiring advice about their vocation. Their tenure-driven neuroses, combined with an inherent competitive streak and an understanding of the importance of public service, engender their quest for advice about life in the academy.

In Letters to a Young Academic: Seeking Teachable Moments, 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. This book is a quick read that will evoke laughter, reflection, and contemplation for all young scholars.
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Pages: 176Size: 4 3/4 x 7 3/4
978-1-57886-337-2 • Hardback • February 2006 • $76.00 • (£49.95)
978-1-57886-338-9 • Paperback • January 2006 • $25.00 • (£15.95)
Guy R. McPherson is an award-winning teacher and researcher. A lifelong academician, his scholarly efforts focus on conservation of biological diversity. He has written six books dozens of articles.
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
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.
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