I call to your attention a book I have recently published which gives to-the-point career
development advice to engineering academics: How to succeed with a smile! It is
especially targeted on young to mid-career faculty and those considering an academic
career. Insight is provided on how to time share quality teaching, research, service and
mentoring with a happy personal life. Valuable tips are provided in efficiently writing
successful proposals and dealing with both success and failure in the publication &
proposal review process. Senior faculty will find fresh insights on how to optimize the
quality of academic life. The advice I offer is drawn from lessons learned over my four
decades on the faculties of the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and at Texas
A&M, and in mentoring over 120 graduate students and 4 generations of PhD offspring.
See reviews at: Engineering Your Academic
This short book would be a great five hour read for any professor, but your un-tenured
and mid-career faculty might find it especially useful. Let me know what you think.
There are several funny footnotes, including one that lampoons UT in a cute way that you
might find entertaining.
John L. Junkins, PhD, PE, NAE
Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Texas A&M University Mail Code3141
College Station, Texas 77843-3141