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The Missing Professor: An Academic Mystery/Informal Case Studies/Discussion Stories for Faculty Department, New Faculty Orientation, and Campus Conversations

it was ok 2.0  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Fresh out of graduate school and desperate to pay off her student loans, Nicole Adams joins the faculty at Higher State U, a small university with a dubious past located in the middle of the Midwest.

On her second day of classes as a new assistant professor of philosophy, still flustered and disoriented, Nicole is plunged into a campus-wide mystery. Someone has ransacked t
Paperback, 168 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Stylus Publishing (VA) (first published October 2005)
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Jul 03, 2014 Christina rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: future professors... or no one
Shelves: 2007
The only people who could possibly like this book are academics or future academics (and yes, I am one). I'm participating in the Preparing Future Faculty program at my department and we read this book to provoke discussion during our meetings. Although it certainly stimulated discussion (the book is about a recent Ph.D. and her first academic job), I wouldn't recommend it outside of that. If you are part of a PFF program (or any other group of future academics) and are looking for a fun and ...more
Bill Guinee
Jun 01, 2010 Bill Guinee rated it liked it
This book is a not very well put together or interesting mystery about a first year university assistant professor. I was really uninterested in the mystery which was quite stupid. Of greater interest were the descriptions of the first-year teaching experience which, when they didn't become ludicrous, were amusing and rather scary at the same time. On this basis, I would have given the book two stars at the maximum.
It quickly becomes evident, however, that the true intention of the book is that
Jul 10, 2010 MacK rated it it was ok
Shelves: am-lit, grad-school
Have you ever read a book and then gone: "Damn, I can do that!"? That's this book. With a predictable plot and a trite tone, the Missing Professor offers a number of examples of what your life could be like if you're a first year professor at a typical college. Unsurprisingly, the squeezing of fairly obvious pedagogical lessons into an otherwise bland novel leaves the reader with the feeling of nothing so much as the feeling of having spent several hours with an uninspired series of Goofus & ...more
Frederick Bingham
Jan 01, 2012 Frederick Bingham rated it liked it
The story of Nicole Adams who is a new Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Higher State University, a small state college in Iowa. Nicole arrives on campus to take up her new job. A couple of weeks in her office mate, an older guy in her department, disappears. She spends the rest of the novel trying to find him, and at the same time trying to navigate the byzantine ways of academe. She finally found him - he was hiding in a hidden room inside her building. However, I could not completely ...more
Jan 25, 2012 Katherine rated it did not like it
This book was sold as a mystery with jumping off points for discussion on a variety of faculty development topics. However, neither the story nor the discussion points were very good. This might be of some use to a person who has zero understanding of the culture of higher education, but there must be better sources.
Joy Williams
Apr 17, 2016 Joy Williams rated it it was ok
The book is fast to read, easy to page through, but I couldn't help thinking that this faculty was more like a high school faculty than a university.
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