Beginning Well: Advice for New Faculty Members
For those of you who are new faculty members, we offer this collection of articles gathered from The Well and the Emerging Scholars Network to help you thrive in your new role. But no matter where you are in your tenure, we hope these articles will encourage you in your calling to teaching and scholarship.
From The Well:
Dear Mentor: Finding Time for Friendships?
How can I make friends as a busy professor in a new community?
by Christine Jeske
"When I read Gary Burge’s book, Mapping Your Academic Career: Charting the Course of a Professor’s Life, I kept thinking, 'This person understands.' He understands why a new professor’s self-confidence can bounce like a slinky with a single word of affirmation or criticism from a colleague or teaching evaluation." Professor Christine Jeske shares some of the gifts she has gleaned from Gary Burge's recent book for faculty at every stage.
Mentoring: Forming Your Crew
by Anna Moseley Gissing
And for faculty members who are also parents:
"The most important thing I would say is that there's no right choice. The right choice is whatever's right for you. For me, being a mother is incredibly important, but being a scientist, especially studying an issue like climate change that affects us all over the world, that's really important to me, too." Katherine Hayhoe shares her personal experiences of bringing a child along to conferences.
From The Emerging Scholars Network:
The Scholar’s Compass is a wonderful series of devotionals launched by ESN written by and for academics. Some of these devotionals are particularly relevant to faculty:
"That got me to thinking—what if I had it to do again? Would I change anything or not? And if so, why? I realized there were some very important things I would’ve changed about my time in graduate school and as a young professor..."