Awarded first place in the 2022 AJN Book of the Year Awards in Nursing Education/Continuing Education/Professional Development.
Dr. Mercy Ngosa Mumba provides critically insightful perspectives on becoming an academic in the US.
Kenneth K. Mwenda, PhD, LLD, DSc(Econ)
Program Manager, The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA
Extraordinary Professor of Law, University of Lusaka, Zambia
Dr. Mumba… provides a window into academia and is bursting with pragmatic information and real-world examples of what to expect and how to navigate a successful and balanced academic career.
Richard Ricciardi, PhD, CRNP
Professor, George Washington University
Past President, Sigma
Jumpstart Your Career in Education and Research
Starting any new professional endeavor can be as challenging and overwhelming as it is exciting. Moving from practice to education can further amplify the uncertainty. Academia is a whole different world, which means a unique new culture, different priorities, and a complete change in your day-to-day work life. Lucky for your soon-to-be students, you already know what it takes to be a strong, competent clinician. You just need to transfer that knowledge to future nursing professionals.
A Nurse's Step-by-Step Guide to Transitioning to an Academic Role gives you a detailed road map for a successful transition to academia. Using a conversational tone and highly practical tools, author Mercy Ngosa Mumba explains how to:
- Understand different types of academic appointments
- Connect with colleagues and students
- Juggle various academic responsibilities
- Manage your time and stress
- Contribute to a more equitable institutional culture
Available On The Sigma Repository
- Chapter 8: Othering in Academia: An Imperative for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Additional book resources
These free downloads are available on the Sigma Repository.
TABLE OF CONTENTSPart I: Welcome to Academia
Chapter 1: Becoming an Educator
Chapter 2: Academic Teaching is an Art
Chapter 3: Secrets of Networking and Collaboration in Academia
Chapter 4: Service and Academic Citizenship Part II: Choosing the Best Role for You
Chapter 5: So You've Chosen Tenure Track: Finding the Right College for You
Chapter 6: Becoming a Nurse Researcher and Scientist
Chapter 7: Considerations for Transitioning to a Clinical Faculty Role Part III: It Starts and Ends with You: Mind, Body, and Soul
Chapter 8: Othering in Academia: An Imperative for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Chapter 9: Stress Management 101
Chapter 10: Thriving in Academia Appendices
A: Application Process
B: Sample Lesson Plan
C: Service Commitment Contract Hours
About the Author
Mercy Ngosa Mumba, PhD, RN, CMSRN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor in the Capstone College of Nursing at the University of Alabama and serves as a United Nations liaison for Sigma. An award-winning scientist, philanthropist, and published author, Mumba conducts research focused on substance use disorders, addictive behaviors, and their comorbid mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety.