The Scholar's Survival Manual

The Scholar's Survival Manual

A Road Map for Students, Faculty, and Administrators
Martin H. Krieger
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-01063-6
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The product of a lifetime of experience in American universities, The Scholar’s Survival Manual offers advice for students, professors, and administrators on how to get work done, the path to becoming a professor, getting tenured, and making visible contributions to scholarship, as well as serving on promotion and tenure committees. Martin H. Krieger covers a broad cross section of the academic experience from a graduate student's first foray into the job market through retirement. Because advice is notoriously difficult to take and context matters a great deal, Krieger has allowed his ideas to percolate through dozens of discussions. Some of the advice is instrumental, matters of expediency; some demands our highest aspirations. Readers may open the book at any place and begin reading; for the more systematic there is a detailed table of contents. Krieger’s tone is direct, an approach born of the knowledge that students and professors too often ignore suggestions that would have prevented them from becoming academic roadkill. This essential book will help readers sidestep a similar fate.

Author Bio

Martin H. Krieger is Professor of Planning in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He has taught at Berkeley, Minnesota, MIT, and Michigan and has served for many years on university promotion and tenure committees. He is author of Doing Physics (second edition, IUP, 2012), Urban Tomographies (2011), Constitutions of Matter (1996), and Doing Mathematics (2003), among other books.

His blog is found at


“This essential roadmap covers a broad cross section of experience from a graduate student's first foray into the job market through retirement, helping readers avoid becoming academic roadkill.”

“Martin Krieger has written a wise, lucid, and comprehensive guide to the complex demands of academic careers in the 21st century. The Scholar’s Survival Manual is indispensable reading for graduate students and faculty in all fields.”
 — Marie-Hélène Huet, M. Taylor Pyne Professor of French and Italian, Princeton University

“Based on 40 years of teaching, 15 of sitting on university tenure and promotion committees, and blogging on these issues for more than 15 years, Krieger's insights are smart, friendly, and presented in the most disarming manner. They are for PhD students and junior faculty in all fields, from applied sciences and mathematics to the humanities.”
 — Moshe Sluhovsky, Professor of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

“Martin Krieger has a reputation for straight talk, practical advice, iconoclasm, and more; every academic writer should be curious about this provocative book. It's sensitive and astute and calm and friendly in all the best and most constructive critical senses.”
 — John Forester, Professor of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

“The Scholar's Survival Manual is packed full of useful advice that applies to every stage in the academic life cycle. From applying to graduate school and writing dissertations to seeking jobs and coming up for tenure, then mentoring others, here are the tricks of the trade. All scholars can benefit from the chapters on writing and on academic ethos. The perfect gift for those who wonder how the academy works.”
 — Estelle B. Freedman, Stanford University, author of No Turning Back and Redefining Rape

“Original and insightful . . . Krieger provides a very demystifying account of how the university professoriat works and practical advice on how academics can successfully navigate through their university tenure and promotion process.”
 — John Gaber, University of Arkansas

“I remember with fondness the advice Martin Krieger gave me when I was writing The Second Self and my tenure case was soon to come up. He said, 'Write every day, you can always revise later.' Krieger is an ally who keeps pragmatism and scholarly aspiration in his sights. Only that strategy will help you have the career of your dreams.”
 — Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology MIT

“Krieger’s book is as motivational and philosophical as it is practical.”
 — Journal of Scholarly Publishing

“Krieger has compiled many of his blog posts into an astute handbook that would make a perfect gift for the academics on your list—from grad student to department chair—or even for yourself. ”

“Krieger certainly knows his way around the halls of academia. Pulling content from his blog on this topic, he counsels everyone from graduate students to untenured and tenured faculty to university administrators on how to navigate their scholarly aspirations. The tone is inviting and intimate. . . . Anyone interested in or connected to the world of academic scholarship will discover here solid, considered, and instructive strategies to walking those hallowed hallways.”
 — Library Journal

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Table of Contents

A Way into This Guide
Chapter 1. Graduate School (Essays #1-54)
Chapter 2. Writing (#55-95)
Chapter 3. Getting Done (#96-112)
Chapter 4. Getting the First Job (#113-150)
Chapter 5. Junior and Probationary Faculty (#151-174)
Chapter 6. Grants, Fellowships, and Other Pecuniary Resources (#175-183)
Chapter 7. Your Career (#184-219)
Chapter 8. Tenure and Promotion (#220-290)
Chapter 9. After Tenure--Associate and Full Professorship (#291-307)
Chapter 10. Scholarly and Academic Ethos (#308-391)
Chapter 11. Stronger Faculties and Stronger Institutions (#392-420)

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