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Academaze: Finding Your Way through the American Research University

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Academic life can be wonderful, but also daunting. This collection of essays and cartoons on life in academia provides an “insider’s guide” to the tenure track and beyond in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields at a major US research institution.


Sydney Phlox, a pseudonymous tenured professor, takes the reader through the maze of academic life: from the
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Published June 27th 2016 by Annorlunda Books
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Meredith
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, adult
Academaze is just the book that I needed to read as a fifth-year tenure-track professor in the physical sciences. The pseudonymous Dr. Sydney Phlox speaks with the voice of the somewhat older and wiser but also down-to-earth and irreverent tenured woman who doesn't exist in my department (but I wish she did). She's smart and savvy and gives you the inside scoop on the intricacies of academia, while also leaving you with the unshakeable conviction that despite her occasional cynicism and attempts ...more
Michael Carter
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read by a talented author, professor, scientist, mother, and illustrator.

I'm not a professor. I'll never seek tenure. I've never written a scientific research paper. I won't be applying for grants any time soon. I haven't taken a STEM class, or any college class for that matter, since the 1990s.

So why did I read this book? Two main reasons: (1) I'm a fan of the author's fiction writing under a different pen name, and I figured the text would display the same solid writing I already knew; a
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Beth
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Ok, not as good as the blog. More background, less ranting.
Sandwichfan
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As a longtime reader/fan of Xykademiqz, I was thrilled to get my hands on a copy of Academaze.
To boil it down, this book is about 1) things professors do, 2) the steps you take to become a tenured professor, and 3) what it's like doing the job, both the good and the bad (and how to deal). I thought it was a very interesting and useful read. It offers lots of practical advice on topics including job hunting, getting tenure, mentoring and working with trainees. It also provided me with a wider pe
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Liz Haswell
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I spent several enjoyable hours over the past week reading an advance copy of Academaze. Written by Sydney Phlox, the author of the academic science blog Xykademiqz, this book is a thoughtfully organized collection of previous posts that showcase her decent, humorous, and realistic approach to academic life. Dr. Phlox is a physical scientist at an R1 institution, but I would imagine most material would be useful to a range of physical and biological professors at many types of institutions. Fund ...more
Natalie Waddell-Rutter
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book should be required reading for anyone considering becoming a professor. Many of the details are specific to a big university vs. teaching at a smaller, teaching-oriented college, and physics vs. a different STEM field, but it still gives a great overview of what to expect. I recognized many of the situations from getting my Masters, and I wish I would have read this before I chose my major professor. It may have saved me from trying to get a Ph.D. with someone who didn't support me. As ...more
Anna Kreshuk
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for anyone considering a career in academia. In fact, every lab should have a copy. I expect it would make these strange professor beasts way more understandable to people who work for them.
Lisa
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always I love the comics but if you read the blog this is mostly reused. The formatting and ordering is great and creates a clear story (you can tell Sydney writes good papers :)
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