Book Review: The Coach’s Guide For Women Professors by Rena Seltzer

Book Review: The Coach’s Guide For Women Professors by Rena Seltzer

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This is a wonderful book that I wish I’d known about years ago! It is one of the few books that I’ve read that is specifically geared towards female identifying faculty members and the challenges that they encounter in academic jobs. Academics who are racialized, disabled, or have multiple identities will also get plenty of use out of this book. I also think that it is useful for contract faculty, post-docs, and graduate students.

I especially like that the book is realistic about the constraints placed on female faculty in terms of time available and what behaviours are deemed “acceptable” within the academy. The book contains 10 chapters: how to have more time, establishing a productive writing practice, teaching, work-life balance, networking and social support, tenure, promotion, and the academic job market, authority, voice, and influence, negotiation, life after tenure, and leadership. Each chapter is full of thoughtful and practical advice that can be put into practice fairly quickly. The author has woven short stories throughout each chapter to provide real world problems and solutions to common issues experienced by female faculty.

I borrowed the book from our university library and it is so useful that I will order my own copy for future use and to lend out as a resource to others. I highly recommend the book, especially to early career researchers.

 

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