How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 56: Getting the first academic job

Oliver S. Crocco


This chapter describes the author’s journey from graduate student to his first academic job. Written with the aim of offering students a sliver of support in attaining their own first position in academia, it begins with the advice to be aware of the countless variables that may affect the process and to focus on those things within your control. The author also recognizes his positionality. The journey from graduate student to jobholder is then described, starting with connecting with the telos of the job and preparing for the academic job market. Reflections on emerging scholarly identity are provided too, followed by guidance on creating an online presence and assembling job documents in readiness for making applications. There’s also advice on publications and teaching, and finally the author’s own recollections of his phone interview, campus visit, and offer. The chapter concludes with a few key lessons by way of summary.

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