This practical guide prepares graduate students of color for their first job in academia and offers strategies for succeeding in the early years of a tenure-track position. Through the voices of faculty who have experienced the rigors of the job search and a career in academia, Beginning a Career in Academia offers advice for graduate students of color on how to transition from graduate school to an academic position. This inclusive volume shares perspectives that vary based on gender, racial, ethnic, generational, and disciplinary backgrounds, giving readers an opportunity to reflect on successful strategies for career readiness and for dealing with marginalization. The authors provide recommendations and tips to enhance the job search, identify campus fit, prepare for the interview and negotiation process, address dynamics of of racial and gender politics, find work-life balance, and demystify the promotion and tenure process. This must-read provides candid advice and mentorship for any graduate students of color embarking on a carreer in academe.

chapter 1|12 pages


ByDwayne A. Mack, Elwood Watson, Michelle Madsen Camacho

part |2 pages

PART I Practical Advice for Finding Success in the Academic Job Market

chapter 2|13 pages

The Pitfalls and Pleasures of the Academic Job Market

ByMichelle Madsen Camacho

chapter 3|11 pages

Navigating Professional Conferences: Essential and Effective Job Seeking Strategies

ByNadine Finigan-Carr, Natasha A. Brown

chapter 6|10 pages

Negotiating a Job Offer in Academia: ‘Lean In’ or Lay Low?

ByRebecca Martínez

part |2 pages

PART II Identity, Fit, Collegiality, and Secrets for Thriving in the Ivory Tower

part |2 pages

PART III Work-Life Balance: Strategies for Transitioning From Graduate School to the Classroom