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Professional Development

Immediately below are several professional development topics, each with brief citations to recommended resources. The full citations for all these resources, with links to web resources and the call numbers of books held by the Graduate Center Library, are listed further down under “Professional Development Bibliography.”

Graduate Studies

  • Graduate studies and relationships with mentors (Goldsmith 2001; Peters 1997)
  • Designing, researching, and writing theses and dissertations (Booth 2003; Van Evera 1997)
  • Human subjects research (CUNY GC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website)
  • Financial aid and research grants (APSA website; Chronicle of Higher Education website; Cornell University Graduate School website; Duke University Office of Research Support website; Foundation Center website; Hamel et al 2002; Princeton Review 2004). See also the photocopied list in the Department lounge.
  • Writing research grant applications (Foundation Center website; Geever and McNeill 1997; Przeworski and Salomon 1995)

Teaching, Publishing, and Jobs

  • Teaching methods (Bain 2004; Brinkley et al. 1999; Filene 2005; Tice 2005)Publishing in journals (Johnson 1991)
  • Revising and publishing dissertations (Germano 2005; Myers 2004)
  • Academic job market strategies and advice (Chronicle of Higher Education website; Goldsmith 2001; Heiberger and Vick 2001; Nerad 2003; Penn Career Services website)
  • Non-academic job opportunities and advice (Basalla and Debelius 2001; Nerad 2003; Newhouse 1998; Penn Career Services website)
  • Special topics (Chronicle of Higher Education website).

Professional Development Bibliography and Links

APSA website. Grants in the Discipline. [especially links on left side of page under “Grants in the Discipline” heading]

Bain, Ken. 2004. What the Best College Teachers Do. Harvard University Press, 2004. LB2331.B34 2004

Basalla, Susan Elizabeth and Maggie Debelius. 2001. So What Are You Going to Do with That? A Guide for M.A.’s and Ph.D.’s Seeking Careers Outside the Academy. Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. 2003. The Craft of Research. 2nd ed. University of Chicago Press. Q180.55 M4 B66 2003.

Brinkley, Alan, Betty Dessants, Michael Flamm, Cynthia Fleming, 1999. The Chicago Handbook for Teachers: A Practical Guide to the College Classroom. U. Chicago Press.

Chronicle of Higher Education website.

Cornell University Graduate School website. Fellowship Database

Duke University Office of Research Support website. Humanities and Social Science Fellowships and Grants for Graduate and Professional Students.

Filene, Peter. 2005. The Joy of Teaching: A Practical Guide for New College Instructors. University of North Carolina Press.

Foundation Center website.

Geever, Jane C. and Patricia McNeill. 1997. The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, rev. ed. Foundation Center. Reference HG 177.5.U6 G44 1997.

Germano, William. 2005. From Dissertation to Book. Chicago University Press. PN162.G37 2005.

Goldsmith, John A., John Komlos, and Penny Schine Gold. 2001.  The Chicago Guide to Your Academic Career: A Portable Mentor for Scholars from Graduate School Through Tenure. University of Chicago Press. LB 1778.G63 2001

Graduate Center's Office of Career Planning and Professional Development website.

Graduate Center's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs website.

Hamel, April Vahle, Mary Morris Heiberger, and Julia Miller Vick. 2002. The GraduateSchool Funding Handbook, rev. ed. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Heiberger, Mary Morris and Julia Miller Vick. 2001. The Academic Job Search Handbook, 3rd ed. University of Pennsylvania Press. Ref LB 2331.72.H45 2001

Johnson, Teresa Pelton. 1991. "Writing for International Security: A Contributor's Guide." International Security 16, no. 2: 171-180.

Myers, Charles T. 2004. “A Short Tour of Book Publishing for Political Scientists.PS (July): 489-91.

Nerad, Maresi. 2003. Career Outcomes of Political Science Ph.D. Recipients: Results from the Ph.D.s Ten Years Later Study. Center for Research & Innovation in Graduate Education, University of Washington.

Newhouse, Margaret. 1997. Cracking the Academic Nut: A Guide to Preparing for Your Academic Career. Harvard University Press.

Newhouse, Margaret. 1998. "Making the Transition to a Non-Academic Career." Chronicle of Higher Education.

Penn Career Services website. Sample Resumes, CVs, Cover Letters and More.

Peters, Robert L. 1997. Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Master’s or a Ph.D, rev. ed. Noonday Press.

Princeton Review. 2004. Paying for Graduate School Without Going Broke. Princeton Review.

Przeworski, Adam and Frank Salomon. 1995 “The Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions."

Tice, Stacey Lane, Nicholas Jackson, Leo Lambert, and Peter Englot, eds. 2005. University Teaching: A Reference Guide for Graduate Students and Faculty. 2nd ed. Syracuse University Press.

University of Pennsylvania Career Services website. Includes searchable database.

Van Evera, Stephen. 1997. A Guide to Methods for Students of Political Science. Cornell University Press. JA71.V3 1997.