Research isn’t all elegant study designs, accurate data collection, and sophisticated equations. Researchers must also communicate their ideas and findings with scholarly audiences, and do so effectively. These audiences are no different from those found at your local theater: They understand each paper you write or talk you deliver insofar as it tells a compelling story. Yet, your storytelling doesn’t stop with a single paper or talk. Scholarly records span years and multiple pieces of work. Successful researchers learn to synthesize their records to tell a larger story: a research program. In this book, Andres De Los Reyes describes how narrative tools commonly used in film help you build a research program. Tailored to the lives of early career researchers, these tools reveal keen insights into working with mentors, navigating peer review, and nailing the job talk that launches your career.
Pages: 300 pages
Publisher: The Center for Reinforcing Early Academic Training and Enhancement (CREATE)
ISBN: 978-1-7344425-0-2 (print)
ISBN: 978-1-7344425-1-9 (ebook)
Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 inches
Publication Date: April 07, 2020
Praise for The Toolbox
How did I get here? Do I really belong? What on earth do I do next? Such are the questions that huge numbers of young researchers constantly ask themselves. In The Early Career Researcher’s Toolbox, De Los Reyes provides vivid and cogent answers to these compelling professional, even existential questions. Using metaphors from film and contemporary media, he lays out ‘three acts’ of actionable objectives around which emerging investigators can make progress to embark upon their careers. Replete with vignettes and actual early-researcher questions and experiences, this book will provide both inspiration and concrete tools for trainees and early-career researchers across the sciences."
-- Stephen P. Hinshaw, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, UC Berkeley and Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Francisco; Editor, Psychological Bulletin (2009-2014); Recipient, American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (2020)
"The old adage ‘publish or perish’ has not changed, but it now has valuable nutrition attached to its fragile bones. De Los Reyes, feeding from his annual Future Directions Forum, provides the diet for success. In sage and readable style, De Los Reyes leads the novice to discover what drives them, to learn how to manage the publishing world, and to tell a compelling story about their work. Using classic and recent film as a parallel set of illustrations, and laced with personal experiences, De Los Reyes’ guidance in The Early Career Researcher’s Toolbox is both general and individually germane. This readable, useful, and valuable book demystifies early career tasks for future emerging academics."
-- Philip C. Kendall, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor and Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University; President, Association for the Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (1989-1990); Editor, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (2003-2010)
"Easy to read, full of practical advice, and from the perspective of someone who has done it all, De Los Reyes offers an outstanding volume to explain what everyone needs to know, but no one may teach you in graduate school. Following from his Future Directions Forum, designed to offer professional development for graduate students in clinical psychology, this book is indeed a toolbox of terrific guidance and easy-to-follow steps that readers will come back to again and again as their career progresses. De Los Reyes uses a fun, approachable, and non-intimidating style to help future scholars find a research topic, work productively through graduate school, and ultimately land a faculty job. Every student will want this book!"
-- Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D.
John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina; Editor of The Portable Mentor (2012); Author of Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World (2017)
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