So…. fortunately, I accepted an offer from a place that I would really love to work at.
Now, I am wondering what I would have to be doing to get ready. I am still teaching and doing research at my current employment, which keeps me busy enough, but is there anything that I would have to start thinking about?
I know what I am assigned to teach in the fall; would it be a good idea to request some resources (e.g., syllabi, power points if available, etc)? If so, to whom?
I also need to find a place to live in.. would it be okay to contact the current faculty to ask about school districts and neighborhood? About around when? like in May? to whom? I have received a lot of kind welcome emails….maybe one of those who was in the search committee?
How do you usually do a house hunting? I am thinking about renting a house for a year at least before buying one.. would that be a better idea than buying a house right away?
Anything that I have to do at my current employment…other than wrapping up my research and teaching… would I have to talk to my grad students? Anything related to HR or any other offices that I would have to do?
One last thing… after the initial excitement, now I feel like I am suffering an imposter syndrome. A good friend of mine who left my current university, who was a super fantastic teacher, said she struggled in the first semester. I am a decent teacher and a researcher, but what if I disappoint the people who hired me?! What if I don't connect to the students there very well? I receive information about their class structures, new policies, etc., via email, which I feel like I don't fully understand, which kinda scares me. I know it is normal to some extent to feel this way.. but any advice how I could mentally better prepare myself for the new start that I have been longing for?