The PhDictionary: A Glossary of Things You Don’t Know (but Should) about Doctoral and Faculty Life (Chicago Guides to Academic Life)

Navigating academia can seem like a voyage through a foreign land: strange cultural rules dictate everyday interactions, new vocabulary awaits at every turn, and the feeling of being an outsider is unshakable. For students considering doctoral programs and doctoral students considering faculty life, “The PhDictionary” is a lighthearted companion that illuminates the often opaque customs of academic life. With more than two decades as a doctoral student, college teacher, and administrator, Herb Childress has tripped over almost every possible misunderstood term, run up against every arcane practice, and developed strategies to deal with them all. He combines current data and personal stories into memorable definitions of 150 key phrases and concepts graduate students will need to know (or pretend to know) as they navigate their academic careers. From “ABD” to “white paper” and with “buyout,” “FERPA,” “gray literature, ” and “soft money” in between each entry contains a helpful definition and plenty of relevant advice. Wry and knowledgeable, Childress is the perfect guide for anyone hoping to scale the ivory tower.”

About the Author

Herb Childress is cofounder of the consulting firm Teleidoscope Group LLC. He has extensive professional experience as a teacher and administrator in higher education, most recently as dean of research and assessment at the Boston Architectural College. He is the author of “Landscapes of Betrayal, Landscapes of Joy: Curtisville in the Lives of Its Teenagers.” He lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

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