[UCP Books]: 57 WAYS TO SCREW UP IN GRAD SCHOOL: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students by Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle

Expect people to hold your hand ▪ Don’t think about why you are applying ▪ Do an unfunded PhD ▪ Become “that” student ▪ Get romantically involved with faculty ▪ Expect friends and family to understand ▪ Consider a non-academic career a form of failure ▪ Persevere at all costs


Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students
Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle


US Publication Date: Aug. 25, 2015 Paper $15.00
Foreign Publication Date: September 14, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-226-280905


“This is a book prospective students should buy before embarking on a graduate school career and that current students will keep close to their desks and computers. Haggerty and Doyle are knowledgeable, honest, open, and supportive. Moreover, their advice is spot-on. This is the kind of book I wish I had before starting graduate school.”—Jon Gould, author of How to Succeed in College (While Really Trying)
When it comes to a masters or PhD program, most graduate students don’t deliberately set out to fail. Yet, of the nearly 500,000 people who start a graduate program each year, up to half will never complete their degree. There’s no shortage of books on how to ace the admissions process, but there is little advice available on what to do after the acceptance letter arrives. Veteran graduate directors Kevin D. Haggerty and Aaron Doyle demystify the world of advanced education by taking a wry, frank approach in explaining the common mistakes that can trip up a new graduate student. In doing so, they lay out practical advice about how to, well, not screw up. Along the way they relate stories from their decades of mentorship and even share some slip-ups from their own experiences.

The tone is engagingly tongue-in-cheek, but the lessons are crucial for anyone attending or contemplating grad school. 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School gives graduate students a chance to learn from others’ mistakes and successfully complete their programs.

Kevin D. Haggerty is a Killam Research Laureate and professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Alberta. Aaron Doyle is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.


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