I recently accepted a great TT offer, and of course I am completely ecstatic and currently feeling very grateful! Simultaneously, I am feeling the anxiety set in. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations for resources for new faculty hires. Are there any good books/podcasts on things like how to transition to professordom, set up a new lab, etc? Current assistant professors: what helped you during the transition or soon thereafter? Any advice? I have spent so much time working on the job search that now that I'm done with it, I don't quite know what to do next. I am planning on using the summer to prepare my new courses and research agenda to get ahead of things, and I'm still finishing up my postdoc, but I would like to be as prepared and knowledgeable as possible. Thanks!
Date: 03 Dec 2015 19:40
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I felt the exact same way! I found the Compleat Academic to be a really helpful book/resource (by Darley, Zanna, & Roediger) and Kerry Ann Rockquemore's Faculty Success Program was a great way to learn good time management skills (e.g., how to appropriately balance teaching, research, service, etc.). Congrats, and good luck!
There are several e-books for Early Career Psychologists through the Society for Teaching of Psychology. I found this book to be particularly helpful: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/ecp2013/index.php, which has chapters on balancing teaching, research, and service; setting up a lab; work-life balance, etc. There is also book with resources on teaching Intro to Psych, Neuroscience classes, etc., here: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/index.php
Good luck! It's such an exciting time.
I strongly recommend leaning on your advisors and trying to identify a mentor within your department. If there is no formal mentoring program, then be proactive in finding one.
I'm a 3rd year asst prof. I found Robert Boice's "Advice for New Faculty Members" to be a great compendium of advice in relation to structuring writing, planning effective teaching, and social networking within the department and university.