Forging a Rewarding Career in the Humanities

Advice for Academics

  • Karla P. Zepeda
  • Ellen Mayock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Building a Well-Rounded Career

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lesley Wheeler
      Pages 3-13
    3. Michelle Durán-Ruiz
      Pages 15-22
    4. Sheri Spaine Long, Jean W. Leloup
      Pages 23-36
    5. Paul Hanstedt
      Pages 37-46
    6. Mónica González García
      Pages 47-69
    7. Katherine K. O’sullivan
      Pages 71-86
    8. Ellen Mayock, Karla P. Zepeda
      Pages 87-110
  3. Overcoming Obstacles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Michael F. Mcclure
      Pages 113-124
    3. Mary Ann Dellinger
      Pages 125-140
    4. Beatriz Trigo
      Pages 141-147
    5. Elizabeth Kuebler-Wolf
      Pages 149-160
    6. Karla P. Zepeda
      Pages 169-178
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 179-184

About this book


As has been abundantly documented in the popular and academic press, the humanities are facing challenging times marked by national debate regarding the importance of the humanities in higher education, program and budget cuts, and an ever-decreasing number of tenure-track jobs. In addition, the humanities face quite literally a quantification of their value as the Academy adopts a more corporate mindset. This volume provides advice to professionals in the humanities on how to forge a useful, compelling, and productive career. The book’s 13 chapters address professional approaches to developing and maintaining an active research agenda, fomenting the ideals of the teacher-scholar model, managing the service demands within and outside the college or university, and navigating institutional politics. The collection offers practical and theoretical approaches to higher education, personal anecdotes, intelligent advice, and interviews with colleagues in the humanities. Specific themes addressed include the transition from graduate student to humanities professional, diverging from prescribed paths, the humanities professor as creative writer, moving from secondary to post-secondary education, humanities in an international, market-based context, and participation in governance structures.
Cover photograph ‘Silent Flutes’ by Adilia D. Ortega


College teachers Education, higher Humanities professionals Humanities--writing, research mentoring Ph.Ds

Editors and affiliations

  • Karla P. Zepeda
    • 1
  • Ellen Mayock
    • 2
  1. 1.Indiana University-Purdue University Fort WayneFort WayneUSA
  2. 2.Washington and Lee UniversityLexingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2014
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6209-845-9
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