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Reflections on Academic Lives

Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond

  • Staci M. Zavattaro
  • Shannon K. Orr
  • Brings together a diverse group of academics to share reflections on topics ranging from choosing the right school to writing grants and job searching

  • Offers practical, useful, and truthful advice about surviving and thriving inside (and outside) of academia with a PhD

  • Seeks to prepare graduate students for the current job market


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 1-3
  3. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 5-25
  4. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 27-71
  5. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 73-93
  6. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 95-120
  7. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 121-160
  8. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 161-219
  9. Staci M. Zavattaro, Shannon K. Orr
    Pages 221-222
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 223-235

About this book


This book brings together reflections from seventy academics – everyone from doctoral students to a retired provost – who share their lived experiences in graduate school and beyond. Career seekers, adjunct professors, those in or considering graduate school, and tenure-track professors alike will find truths revealed through these shared experiences of struggle, triumph, loss and hope. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Staci M. Zavattaro
    • 1
  • Shannon K. Orr
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public AdministrationUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA
  2. 2.Political ScienceBowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

About the editors

Staci M. Zavattaro is Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida, USA. She has recently published in the areas of social media, place branding, and administrative theory.

Shannon K. Orr is Associate Professor of Political Science at Bowling Green State University, USA. She has recently published research in the areas of climate change, national parks, and sustainability. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reflections on Academic Lives
  • Book Subtitle Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond
  • Editors Staci M. Zavattaro
    Shannon K. Orr
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-60008-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-93722-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-60009-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXII, 235
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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“Drawn from varied aspirations and diverse experiences in challenging academic trenches, this book is packed with practical advice for individuals and institutions. The contributors’ reflections provide exceptional authenticity for the understanding of differing essentials in search of personally and professionally well-lived academic lives.” (Chester A. Newland, Emeritus Duggan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, University of Southern California, USA)

“This book should be mandatory reading for PhD students, PhD program applicants, and new tenure track faculty. In a series of chapters written by faculty from different fields and career stages, the book addresses fundamental experiences of the academy: rejection, career-life balance, and survival. This book would have benefitted me enormously during my doctoral student career.”  (Leisha DeHart-Davis, Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA)