2486Re: [americancomm] Advice for Aspiring Academics?
- Dec 2, 2008
My humble advice is to go back to corporate public relations. You won't get a decent job in academia unless you have a PhD and the way that works is this: You get a job (if lucky) at a school of equal or less value in the overall academic scheme of it. So get a PhD at Harvard the world's your oyster. Get a PhD from --- State Univeristy and get a job at a community college up to -- state university? Publishing....do it if you love it and are interested in what you are writing. the problem with online programs is that you dont get to practice teach in a lab setting of sorts....with peers, mentors and faculty. Thats where the connections for career are made as well. So I would recommend a real phd program at a real university.
--- On Mon, 11/24/08, Leigh Ann Whittle <leighannwhittle@...> wrote:
From: Leigh Ann Whittle <leighannwhittle@...>
Subject: [americancomm] Advice for Aspiring Academics?
Date: Monday, November 24, 2008, 9:53 PMHello 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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