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Many of these resources cover multiple areas of interest to students and new professionals.


Buller, J. L. (2009). The essential college professor: A practical guide to an academic career. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Cahn, S. M. (2008). From student to scholar: A candid guide to becoming a professor. New York: Columbia University Press.

Darley, J.M., Zanna, M.P., & Roediger, H. L. (Eds.). (2004) The compleat academic: A career guide. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gray, P., & Drew, D. E. (2012). What they didn’t teach you in graduate school: 299 helpful hints for success in your academic career. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Hall, D. (2002). The academic self: An owner’s manual. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press.

Survival Skills for Scholars. (10 Volume Series). Newbury Park: Sage. Includes:
- Improving your classroom teaching
- Tips for improving testing and grading
- Coping with faculty stress
- Getting tenure
- Successful publishing in scholarly journals
- Getting your book published

Sindermann, C. (1982). Winning the games scientists play. New York: Plenum.

Winter, C. (1994). Planning a successful conference. Minneapolis, MN: National Council on Family Relations.

Journal Articles/Blog Posts

Bedford, E. (2015). 4 articles on doing grad research. Grad Hacker, Inside Higher Education.

Frey, B. S. (2007). Giving and receiving awards. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 1, 377-388.

Gaudet, A. (2015). A grad school survival guide. Science, 347, 1386. doi:10.1126/science.347.6228.1386

Holmqvist, M., & Taylor, N. (2009). Lessons learned: 10 tips for surviving (and thriving) while completing your dissertation. Psynopsis: Canada’s Psychology Newspaper, 31(2), 19.

Kamp Dush, Claire. (October, 2014). How to succeed in graduate school while really trying.

Kashdan, T. B. (2012, December 5). 5 tips to becoming a killer scientist who changes the world.

Keeley, J. Afful, S. E., Stiegler-Balfour, J. J., Good, J. J., & Leder, S. So you landed a job-What’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists.

Leder, S. (2012). Top 5 tips for successfully navigating your first conference. Science of Relationships.

Loving, T. J., & Shebilske, L. J. (1998). Surviving graduate school: The dissertation and other doctoral milestones. ISSPR Bulletin.

Smith, S. E., & Rankin, C. T. (2002). Conferences: Why to attend and how to benefit. RRN.

Sternberg, R. J. (2013). Self-sabotage in the academic career. Chronicle of Higher Education Online.

Van den Brink, M., & Benschop, Y. (2012). Slaying the seven-headed dragon: The quest for gender change in academia. Gender, Work, & Organization, 19, 71-92.


CareerWISE, developed by Bianca Bernstein and colleagues with the support of the National Science Foundation, is an online psycho-educational program designed to help women in STEM develop skills for addressing a variety of interpersonal challenges throughout their graduate tenure.

Websites/Social Media

Elsevier. Early career researchers.

GradHacker blog on Inside Higher Ed. and ProfHacker blog on The Chronicle of Higher Education

GradResources. Articles and resources - BAD.

Kelsky, K. L. The Professor is in: Pearls of Wisdom

Relationship Research News

Survival blog for scientists. How to become a leading scientist.

Tools and innovations in scholarly communication

On Twitter: #phdchat

The following IARR members have agreed to answer questions and provide guidance to graduate students. To add your name to this list, contact us here.


Walid Afifi, Department of Communication, UC Santa Barbara

Sandra Faulkner, School of Cultural & Critical Studies and School of Media & Communication, Bowling Green State University

Marci Gleason, Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Jennifer Harman, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University

Diane Holmberg, Department of Psychology, Acadia University

Benjamin Le, Department of Psychology, Haverford College

Sadie Leder Elder, Department of Psychology, High Point University

Gary Lewandowski Jr., Department of Psychology, Monmouth University

Timothy Loving, School of Human Ecology, University of Texas at Austin

Paul Mongeau, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University

Nickola Overall, School of Psychology, University of Auckland

Dan Perlman, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, UNC-Greensboro

Ashley Randall, Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University

Denise Solomon, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University

Wendy Walsh, Relationship Specialist, Media Commentator and Author

The following graduate student IARR members have agreed to answer questions and provide guidance to undergraduate students and new graduate students. To add your name to this list, contact us here.

Graduate Student Contacts

Fred Clavél, Department of Psychology, Iowa State University

Stanislav Treger, Department of Psychology, DePaul University

Tyler Graff, Psychology Department, Brigham Young University