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On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search

Sandra L. Barnes
On the Market: Strategies for a Successful Academic Job Search
ISBN: 978-1-58826-511-1
ISBN: 978-1-58826-535-7
ISBN: 978-1-955055-68-0
2007/207 pages/LC: 2006037828
No examination copies.

"Provide[s] a solid roadmap for students who aspire to be scholars."—Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, NACADA

"A valuable and practical resource."—Contemporary Sociology

"This book is a must-read for those who are beginning the job search process, or who are returning to the job market."—Kathleen Piker-King, Teaching Sociology

"A no-nonsense guide to putting one's best foot forward when pursuing an academic career."—Midwest Book Review

"All graduate students in the social sciences and humanities should be given a copy of Sandra Barnes's On the Market on the day that they start graduate school. This book not only tells one how to navigate the job market, but is an excellent guide to planning an academic career."—Kenneth J. Meier, Texas A&M University

"A wonderful array of wide-ranging suggestions and strategies. The presentation of timelines, outlines for paper presentations and publications, CVs, and teaching portfolios are invaluable.... not only highly useful for graduate students, but also an excellent addition to departmental professional resource libraries."—Davita Silfen Glasberg, University of Connecticut

"Few resources speak so directly to the challenges facing new/newer Ph.D.s in the social and behavioral sciences. Barnes addresses the key topics that job candidates face as they seek academic positions, and does so in an engaging, accessible way."—Adina Nack, California Lutheran University


Sandra Barnes presents both big-picture strategic thinking and nuts-and-bolts suggestions to help junior scholars obtain satisfying academic employment in today's highly competitive market.

Features of On the Market include:

  • easy-to-read checklists for navigating the search process
  • clues to reading between the lines of job postings
  • practical advice on preparing the paperwork: CVs, teaching portfolios, conference papers, journal articles, etc.
  • no-nonsense tips the dos and don'ts for a variety of interview settings
  • frank discussion of both the professional and the personal aspects of any job search
  • attention to the concerns of nontraditional and underrepresented groups
  • guidance for untenured scholars who want to switch jobs

Written in a straightforward and pragmatic manner, this rich resource will help scholars identify their ideal job and then land it.


Sandra L. Barnes is professor of human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University. She has also held tenured positions at Case Western Reserve University and Purdue University. In addition to traditional academic publications, she has numerous self-help and general topic publications in mainstream magazines.


  • Introduction.
  • The Academic Job Market.
  • Maximizing the Graduate School Experience.
  • The Application Process.
  • The Teaching Portfolio.
  • The Interview Process.
  • Other Employment Options.
  • A Personal Fit.
  • Considerations for Nontraditional and Underrepresented Groups.
  • Returning to the Job Market: The Pretenure Search.
  • Conclusion: Balancing the Professional and the Personal.