Professional Development Sizzle Reel

During our recent appearance at the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning in Madison, Atwood Publishing debuted our new Professional Development Package, to much excitement (there was even a raffle drawing!).

The brand new recipe consists of a powerful duo of complimentary titles:

-The latest arrival in the ever-popular 147 Tips series, 147 Practical Tips for Emerging Scholars, designed to help higher education professionals navigate the manage and balance competing career requirements

-And Attaining an Academic Appointment, a practical and insightful guide for academics seeking a new position, delivering strategies to maximize opportunities and minimize unwanted surprises.

This fantastic combination is available for only $35.00, saving you over $5! And to further whet your career development appetite, we’re dishing up some exclusive excerpts from these two wonderful titles below.

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From Attaining an Academic Appointment:

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success,
and if you do what you love you will be successful.
— Albert Schweitzer 1875-1965
These words of Albert Schweitzer, one of the world’s greatest humanitarians,
are important to keep in mind before you make your next career move.
Whether it is for a position as a starting assistant professor or a jump from
professor to administrator, determining the job that best fits your personal
and professional goals takes a substantial investment of time, effort, and
A professorship is the best job in the world—if you find the right fit. A
bad match can turn it into the worst job in the world. Hopefully, reading
this book and discussing your future with mentors and advisors will assist
you in clarifying the type of position that will be compatible with your lifestyle
and career goals. As you go through this process, keep in mind that
your career will be made not only by the jobs you choose to accept, but by
those you turn down. Accordingly, during a job search you are simultaneously
trying to convince the employer that you are the right person for
the job and trying to ascertain if the job is the right fit for you. To successfully
meet both goals, my first suggestion is: invest the same amount of energy
in your job search as you did in your graduate studies.

And from 147 Practical Tips for Emerging Scholars:

44. Identify the professional and academic conferences which fit your content area/s and method/s of research.
When we work on our research, we always have in mind not only venues for publication, but also conference presentations. Indeed, it is helpful to present your work at conferences prior to submitting for publication, because you can gain valuable feedback and insight about your analysis, discussion, and interpretation. With these purposes as the premise, select the conferences where you believe you may gain the most relevant and best feedback for your work. How do you determine which conferences suit your specific needs? First, we consider whether a professional association or conference publishes or sponsors the journal within which we aspire to publish. If not, we determine which conferences our target journal’s audience attends in order that we might engage with them. Third, if we also do not know where they attend, we identify the best conferences in the discipline that welcome scholars at our level of expertise.


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