Title Becoming a Psychology Professor
Subtitle Your Guide to Landing the Right Academic Job
Author Guy A. Boysen
ISBN 9781433830600
List price USD 29.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 146
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher American Psychological Association
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Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“In this pithy book, Boysen demonstrates that landing a good academic post is all about understanding and leveraging the fit between an applicant’s characteristics and the available types of institutions doing the hiring. Aspiring professors will learn to navigate the academic job market while benefitting from Boysen’s savvy advice, which is backed by research and experience.”

—Dana S. Dunn, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA


“This is the single best resource for graduate students today. It pulls no punches as it captures the changed face of higher education — old rules and norms do not apply. Boysen’s research and teaching chops give him credibility and a refreshing voice.”

—Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD, Professor of Psychological Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis


“This book is for undergraduate and graduate students who are thinking of becoming psychologists. Or for psychology professors (hint: it’s a good gift for your students). In short, it will help anyone considering academic psychology as a career.”

—Henry L. Roediger III, PhD, James McDonnell Professor of Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO


Teaching psychology is a noble and rewarding endeavor, but finding the right position at the right college can be a daunting task.

This book is designed to guide you through this complicated process by helping you find the job that matches your long-term goals — whether you want to focus on research, teaching, or both — and to become a strong, competitive candidate in today’s challenging academic job market.

Author Guy Boysen begins by surveying the wide array of programs and institutions aspiring faculty should consider, including doctoral and master’s programs at public and private universities, community colleges, and baccalaureate colleges. He then reviews the ideal skills, experience, and professional connections that students should accumulate during graduate school.

Readers will learn strategies for writing CVs, cover letters, and other application materials; securing effective letters of recommendation; preparing for phone, video, and on-campus interviews; and negotiating terms of employment after being offered a job.


Introduction: Welcome to the Profession!  • Why This Book is Necessary • Types of Faculty Positions • The Job Market • Your Guide to Success in the Job Market • Conclusion

Chapter 1. The Varieties of Academic Experiences: Types of Institutions • Doctoral Universities • Master’s Universities • Baccalaureate Colleges • Community Colleges • Variations on Themes • Conclusion

Chapter 2. The Fundamental Research and Teaching Experiences Needed to Be a Psychology Professor • Research • Teaching • Conclusion

Chapter 3. Professional Service, Engagement, and Connections • Professional Service and Engagement • Matching Professional Service and Engagement to Your Desired Job • Face-to-Face Connections • Online Connections • Matching Professional Connections to Your Desired Job • Conclusion

Chapter 4. Searching for and Selecting Open Positions • When to Start the Job-Search Process • Determining Your Search Parameters • Finding Job Advertisements • Interpreting the Written and Unwritten Messages in Job Advertisements • Methods for Investigating Jobs • It’s All About Fit

Chapter 5. Writing a Curriculum Vitae • Typical CV Content • Organizational Strategies • How Search Committees at Different Institutions Read CVs • The CV as a 30-Second Advertisement About You

Chapter 6. Application Materials and the Application Process • The Cover Letter: An Abstract of Your Fit With the Position • The Teaching Statement as an Expression of Model Teaching • The Research Statement as a Sign of Past Productivity and Future Potential • Other Application Materials and What They Mean • Securing Meaningful Letters of Recommendation • Rules for Communicating (or Not) With the College and the Search Committee • Conclusion

Chapter 7. Interviewing • Phone and Video Interviews • The On-Campus Interview • On-Campus Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer • Questions to Ask During the On-Campus Interview

Chapter 8. Job Offers and Negotiations • The Job Offer Timeline • Final Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting an Offer • Negotiating: Yes, You Really Have to Do It • Dealing With Declined Offers and Rejections

Epilogue • It’s All About Fit • Start Early • The Best Job in the World

Appendix: Job Search Timeline


About the Author

About the Author:

Guy A. Boysen, PhD, is a professor of psychology at McKendree University.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and his PhD from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

His scholarship emphasizes the teaching of psychology, professional development of teachers, and stigma of mental illness. He previously coauthored a book on model teaching characteristics entitled An Evidence-Based Guide to College and University Teaching.

Dr. Boysen’s scholarship has led to consulting editor appointments at the journals Teaching of Psychology and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

Guy Boysen lives in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Target Audience:

This book is for undergraduate and graduate students who are thinking of becoming psychologists and aspiring psychology professors.

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