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Challenges Impacting Faculty, Including Tenure

Does This Situation Describe Your Concern?

The Center for Work and Family Life is available to help in the following ways:

  • practicing better self-care
  • activating and expanding your support sytem
  • applying and integrating the information found in these book & web resources into your daily living
  • connecting you with providers or community resources that specialize in this topic

Please call CWFL to request personalized assistance on this topic

Our phone is 213-821-0800

Reading List Notations:

Green font indicates books that have been read by Center for Work and Family Life staff.

The Center does not specifically recommend or endorse any particular literature, nor does the absence of books from this list represent a recommendation against such works.

The Center for Work and Family Life would like to thank and give credit to the Stanford University Faculty and Staff Help Center, which was instrumental in helping to assemble this reading list.

Web Resources Notations:

The links listed are being provided as additional resources for you. Most of these are not affiliated with the Center for Work and Family Life.

Neither the Center, nor the University, is responsible for these websites, their content or the referral information they provide. As such, we encourage you to be an educated consumer in using the links to take you to the resources available for that topic.

If you have any questions, comments or find information on this page that is incorrect or no longer current, please contact us at (213) 821-0800 or at

Reading List

Boice, Robert (1992). The New Faculty Member. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Boice, Robert (1990). Professors as Writers. Stillwater, OK: New Forums.

Caplan, Paula J. (1995). Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Coiner, Constance, & D. George, editors (1998). The Family Track: Keeping Your Faculties While you Mentor, Nurture, Teach, and Serve. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Dews, C. L. Barney & C. Law, editors (1995). This Fine Place So Far From Home: Voices of Academics from the Working Class. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

&Fox, Mary Frank, ed. (1985). Scholarly Writing and Publishing: Issues, Problems, and Solutions. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.

Reardon, Kathleen K. (2005). It's all politics: Winning in a World Where Hard Work and Talent Aren't Enough. New York: Currency Doubleday.

Snyder, Don J. (1998). The Cliff Walk: A Job Lost and a Life Found. New York: Little Brown & Co.

Note: An English Professor is denied tenure and rebuilds his life

Tierney, W. & E. Bensimon (1996). Promotion and Tenure: Community and Socialization in Academe. Albany, New York: SUNY Press.

Web Resources

USC Faculty Portal