Beginning a new career as an academic is a daunting task. Carol Mutch’s latest book aims to demystify the process by providing new and intending academics with an insight in what to expect. The book is based around the real-life concerns and questions that were raised by the early career academics she worked with in her innovative Emerging Scholars Forum. Her advice is based on over 30 years in New Zealand’s tertiary sector in a range of teaching and leadership positions. It is supplemented by words of wisdom from early career academics and their more experienced colleagues from a range of tertiary institutions and disciplines. While it is clearly grounded in the New Zealand context, it will resonate with new academics further afield—indeed, some of the peer contributors are from universities in Australia and the UK.
The book answers many of the questions you would expect, such as, how do you secure an academic position, how do you find a mentor, how do you develop your teaching, and how do you prepare a research plan? The answers include many practical examples, tips, and questions to consider. The three main aspects of an academic’s job description—teaching, research and service—are covered in depth and often in ways that challenge misconception