"What I Wish I Knew as an Early-Career Professor" (online article): "Just starting out? Worried about your lectures, your students, your time-management skills and more? Eight academics offer up their advice."
The article further elaborates on each of the following suggestions:
1. "Don't underestimate administrative tasks."
- "My biggest surprise was the diversity of tasks that you become responsible for, and then how little time left there is to accomplish anything."
2. "Less note-grinding, more discussion."
- "[T]teaching is, to a large degree, performance-based."
- "[A] discussion would have helped the students understand the texts better than any guided formal textual analysis ever would."
3. "Keep an open mind."
4. "Value your time wisely."
- "[B]eware the 'chapters in a book syndrome,' whereby you agree to write a chapter for someone else’s edited collection ... taking time away from book-length manuscripts or peer-reviewed journal articles."
- "[B]ooks and journal articles ... achieve the best visibility, whereas book chapters – while useful for building friends and networks in the discipline – tend to be easily passed over."
5. "Keep in touch with your mentors."
- "[M]entors have not only a wealth of experience but a vested interest in the success of their graduates."
- This section includes the "“Ruse Three-Point Plan for Success in Academia.”
6. "Nurture a life beyond the academy."
- This "will help with long-term endurance in meeting professional goals, building towards a reasonable work-life balance, and maintaining mental and physical health."
7. "The importance of being earnest."
8. "Be prepared and seek feedback" (Covers training, time management, and preparation).
- On training: "[P]rofessional development sessions at your university’s teaching centre ... are great opportunities to talk to colleagues and gain valuable advice about effective course-planning strategies, making large classes interactive and using technology in class."