Book award for Dr. Sibbald

Congratulations to Dr. Timothy Sibbald, associate professor in the Schulich School of Education, and his co-editor, Dr. Victoria Handford, assistant professor at Thompson Rivers University, on their book, The Academic Gateway: Understanding the Journey to Tenure, winning silver in the Foreword Indie Awards 2017, in the Career Category.

The book is comprised of a collection of essays written by professors experiencing the journey to tenure in education. It provides insight for people considering a career in academia, as well as for policy makers.

The Academic Gateway: Understanding the Journey to Tenure investigates the experiences of professors employed in tenure-track positions who are starting their career within a university environment, but have not yet attained the affirmation and permanence that tenure offers. The role that they have taken on entails the preparation of students within a professional school. Some of them have very limited professional experience, while others bring multiple years of experience with them in their transition to a faculty of education.

The contributors speak to the three key components of their faculty role: teaching, service, and research. Addressing organizational structures and differences relative to prior roles, they examine how these changes have assisted, confused or altered the way they conduct their day-to-day work. They speak about relevant prior experiences, the preparation they received through graduate school, and the details of the learning curve as they entered into their tenure track role.

Have they been successful? The reader will experience the same uncertainty and anticipation every professor goes through during their journey to tenure. This approach amplifies the realism of not knowing whether issues that are spoken about will ultimately be overcome and enhances the validity of their experiences by not biasing the contributions towards those who expect success.

For more information, and to order a copy, click here.

Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards on June 15. The awards recognize the best books published in 2017 from small, indie, and university presses, as well as self-published authors. You can view all of the winners at:

Over 2,000 entries were submitted in 68 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing the finalists, and a panel of over 150 librarians and booksellers acting as judges to pick the winners.

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