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How -To Guidebooks 

Written from experience,

created for Doctoral Students,

Post-docs, and Young Academics.

Our books are written to help individuals navigate the rules of applying for and landing a faculty position in Academia or are at the initial phase of the promotion & tenure process.

The information and examples included in each book give the reader the tools they need to get, do, and keep the job of their dreams in Academia. 

"The SURVIVAL GUIDE for all young academics"
Dr. A. Letsinger | Post-doc  National Institute Environmental Health Services

Book - Finding The Best Faculty Job For You

Finding the Best Faculty Job for You - Second Edition helps the reader discover the "business" of Academia and learn how to get, do, and keep a faculty position in Academia. 


With this guidebook, the reader will learn how to:


  • Write effective application documents in less time.

  • Understand the hiring "black hole."

  • Clarify their future in academia.

  • Find and apply for jobs.

  • Dress for interview success - without breaking the bank.

  • Ask insightful interview questions.

  • Plan their job talk.

  • Discover the Search Committee and Department Chair process as they move through the interview and hiring process.

  • Negotiate an offer and contract.

This book includes writing examples and guidelines for the seven (7) required application documents.

"Dr. Lightfoot has put together what may be the first, and certainly 
the most comprehensive, how-to guide for new university faculty"

 Dr. G. Liguori - Provost | University of West Florida

Surviving Your First 5 Years As A Faculty Member removes the surprises and questions that a young academic has in the critical first few years as a faculty member.  

By utilizing the tips and techniques in this book, readers will learn how: 

  • To transition from being a newly hired Assistant Professor to a seasoned, promoted, and tenured Associate Professor.​

  • Improve their professional network

  • Strengthen teaching expertise

  • Develop a robust research portfolio

  • Increase external funding

  • Manage  service commitments

  • Create a solid promotion and tenure packet


Discover how to prepare for promotion and tenure, navigate your early years, survive, and thrive in academia.

Book - Surviving Your First 5 Years As A Faculty Member
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"After reading Finding the Best Faculty Job for You, I've gained the knowledge not only to find and obtain the job I want but also to be able to negotiate my future salary strategically!!


Needless to say, my anxiety is gone, and I'm now enjoying the job hunt process!!”

Dr. J. Granados


Texas Health Resources

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"This book demystifies the whole application process from the cover letter to the campus visit.  


After applying Dr. Lightfoot's tips and tools to my academic portfolio, I have had Zoom interviews and campus visit invitations." 

Dr. Z. Jackson

Post-doc Fellow

University of Michigan

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“I highly recommend Dr. Lightfoot’s book for those pursuing or exploring academia as a career path. I learned how to best prepare for my dream faculty position and continue striving for success when I get it.


I especially benefitted from his insights on how to continue to strive in an ever-changing academic landscape."


R. Mkuu, Ph.D. candidate

Texas A&M University

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