has some sane advice for new tenure-track folks, and a welcome
. The highlights:
- Don't panic...don't be paranoid
- Save stuff for your portfolio
- Get to know your administrative and other staff members
- Just by being a faculty member, you've pretty much started near the top....When you want to complain about your office or something, remember that the adjunct standing in line behind you would likely be grateful for your position and your office.
- Learn to say "no"
- If you're paid on a nine month schedule, budget for summer
- Save your school's catalogs
- Get to know the majors and minors in your department and related departments
- make sure you're familiar with your school's mission statement and goals
- Most schools these days have some sort of program that faculty can use as an on-line component for your class. It may be Blackboard, WebCT, or whatever. Get to know yours.
One thing, though:
- I'm pretty sure every university and department has a faculty handbook of some sort.
Hm. The University's has been in revision (though after 3+ years on my watch alone, I wonder what the administration and full-time lawyer think "revision" means) forever. Post-Katrina, I heard rumors of "old" handbooks being cited to justify 5/6/7-class workloads. I may be a pest this coming year and try to "get one."