2480Re: [americancomm] Advice for Aspiring Academics?
- Dec 1, 2008Hi Leigh,I've been working through similar questions about publishing. Thanks for posing them here and thanks to Dale, Thomas and Edward for such helpful replies. Here is something that appears to be a very good and FREE resource: The Iowa GuideDougPS: If the above link to the Iowa Guide doesn't work paste this in your browser's address bar: http://fm.iowa.uiowa.edu/fmi/xsl/iowaguide/search.xsl----- Original Message -----From: Leigh Ann WhittleSent: Monday, November 24, 2008 8:53 PMSubject: [americancomm] Advice for Aspiring Academics?Hello all,I am a relative newcomer to our group and would like to obtain some advice from you-all (Or "y'all", if you happen to be in the same region of the U.S. as I am!). First, a little background on me before my advice request:Since receiving my bachelor's in corporate communications and journalism in 2001, I have been a communication practitioner, be it in 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.Needless to say, I did finish that graduate degree. I have no complaints about my method of obtaining that degree -- entirely online 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.Now here's my request for advice: What would you recommend someone like me do? Obviously, I have been applying for teaching positions, 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.I realize there is no single tried and true way to get into academia, but I would like to hear what people inside the field have to offer.Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day,Leigh Ann Whittle
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