Ms. Mentor's New and Ever More Impeccable Advice for Women and Men in Academia
Ms. Mentor, that uniquely brilliant and irascible intellectual,
is your all-knowing guide through the jungle that is academia
today. In the last decade Ms. Mentor's mailbox has been filled to
overflowing with thousands of plaintive epistles, rants, and
gossipy screeds. A mere fraction has appeared in her celebrated
monthly online and print Q&A columns for the Chronicle of
Higher Education; her readers' colorful and rebellious
ripostes have gone unpublished-until now.
Hearing the call for a follow-up to the wildly successful Ms.
Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia, Ms. Mentor
now broadens her counsel to include academics of the male variety.
Ms. Mentor knows all about foraging for jobs, about graduate school
stars and serfs, and about mentors and underminers, backbiters and
whiners. She answers burning questions: Am I too old, too working
class, too perfect, too blonde? When should I reproduce? When do I
speak up, laugh, and spill the secrets I've gathered? Do I really
have to erase my own blackboard? Does academic sex have to be
From the ivory tower that affords her an unparalleled view of the
academic landscape, Ms. Mentor dispenses her perfect wisdom to the
huddled masses of professorial newbies, hardbitten oldies, and
anxious midcareerists. She gives etiquette lessons to academic
couples and the tough-talking low-down on adjunct positions. She
tells you what to wear, how to make yourself popular, and how to
decode academic language.
She introduces you to characters you must know: Professor Pelvic,
Dr. Iron Fist, Mr. Upstart Whelp, Dean Titan, Professor
In this volume Ms. Mentor once again shares her wide-ranging
unexpurgated wisdom, giving tips on bizarre writing rituals, tenure
diaries, and time management (Exploding Head Syndrome). She decodes
department meetings and teaches you the tricks for getting stellar
Raw, shocking, precise, clever, absurd-Ms. Mentor has it all.
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