2478Re: Advice for Aspiring Academics?
- Dec 1, 2008Hi Leigh,
You may want to get a copy of "A Guide to Publishing in Scholarly
Communication Journals". The link can be purchased from:
It is published by the International Communication Association and
addresses some of your concerns with writing styles, the reviewing
process, and also touches on how to revise and resubmit your paper if
it gets rejected.
Although its a relatively short book (68 pages), and costs about $17,
it is worth the price if you are new to academic writing.
Hope this helps.
--- In email@example.com, "Leigh Ann Whittle"
>advice from you-all (Or "y'all", if you happen to be in the same
> Hello all,
> I am a relative newcomer to our group and would like to obtain some
region of the U.S. as I am!). First, a little background on me before
my advice request:
>journalism in 2001, I have been a communication practitioner, be it in
> Since receiving my bachelor's in corporate communications and
public relations or contract writing (the latter of which I do now).
A layoff from PR in 2005 forced me to re-think what I'm after in my
career, and I enrolled in an online grad school English course to see
how I liked it. And, boy, did I like it! The learning, the being
among others of a like mind, the immersion into communication study
(and having people actually understand what I was talking about!) was
invigorating. I felt I had finally found my niche, and I am
re-directing my career path on teaching and the academic community.
>complaints about my method of obtaining that degree -- entirely online
> Needless to say, I did finish that graduate degree. I have no
from a brick-and-mortar school you can actually visit should you ever
find yourself in Greenville, NC -- but the inability to do GA work and
be face to face with my professors and colleagues left me wanting. I
feel like I'm stumbling along behind my peers who completed their
degrees on campus.
>like me do? Obviously, I have been applying for teaching positions,
> Now here's my request for advice: What would you recommend someone
but as you all know, the job market isn't at its best right now. What
are some other avenues I can take to transition careers? I am
especially curious about publishing because my perception is -- and I
could be wrong -- that you must already be part of an academic
community to perform research and have your findings published. I
have published a review in Business Communication Quarterly, but I
realize one article isn't enough.
>academia, but I would like to hear what people inside the field have
> I realize there is no single tried and true way to get into
> Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day,
> Leigh Ann Whittle
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