My brother started his career in the corporate world, moved into human resources, and then made the switch to Legal Aid. Recently he got a job in academic administration. Even though we’d grown up with professor parents, I suspected he had no idea what he was in for.
My best advice to help him understand academe was that he read various Web sites and blogs on higher education. I didn’t mean the reported articles, opinion pieces, advice columns, or blog posts, though of course all of those would provide good information and insight. No, I told him, if you want to get a bead on the academy, read the anonymous online comments.