Book Review- On the Market

On The Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search
By Sandra Barnes, 2007


Written for grad students, this book discusses the finer points of crafting a great job application and finding the best teaching/research fit at your first job as a professor. I found Chapter 3 (Maximizing the Grad School Experience), Chapter 4 (The Application Process, especially the section about the Application Packet), and Chapter 5 (The Teaching Portfolio) to be the most useful. I had never heard of a teaching portfolio before reading this book. When I get to year 3 or 4, I will probably re-reference this book to ensure I have all my material ready for a job hunt. Highly recommended for grad students looking for academic postings.

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