By Robert L. Peters

A professor's recommendation on tips on how to make a decision no matter if to visit grad tuition, find out how to get accredited, and the way to do your top as soon as you're there.

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For about $15,000 per year and no benefits. At the same time, I was sending my curriculum vitae to every college in the country advertising openings, even temporary positions possibly lead ing to tenure. A few copies were dropped by airplane over Asia and the Middle East ... I occasionally made the next-to-final cut from a field of hundreds. }} He finally gave up and now says, "Since I left the teaching circuit against my will, in less than three years I've nearly doubled my salary twice doing the only other thing an unemployed English graduate can do—edit mag azines.

Student who agreed to attend the University of Virginia, only to have her adviser leave before she even got there. She ended up staying for only a year before leaving for another school. D. work under a nontenured professor knowing that the professor would probably leave within a couple of years. Because the student badly wanted to learn what this professor had to teach, he took the risk, but he wisely spent time working with a backup who was willing to take over when his first professor left. My own experience is more typical: when my untenured professor left the department two years before I finished, I had no source of regular advising or financial support.

Citation indexes, like the Science Citations Index and Social Sci ences Citation Index, will list the number of times an author is cited by his peers, and again will tell you in what journals he or she has published. The more he or she is cited by other authors, the more influential the academic. Also, citation indexes often have sections called corporate in dexes, which list together all publications produced in a given year by a specific university department. So you can look up one of your target departments and find listed all of the professors in the department who have published during a particular year, along with citations of their work.

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