I recently accepted a TT asst prof position in computer science at an elite SLAC in the US.

During my job search I perused Karen Kelsky's book "The Professor is In", and I found it very valuable, especially to reflect about different aspects of the job search process that I hadn't considered.

I'm now looking for a similar resource for new faculty members.

Here's what I found (but haven't bought yet):

  • Robert Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members, 2000
  • Russell James, Tenure hacks: The 12 secrets of making tenure, 2014

Does anyone have any comment/review about these books, or advice about any other written resource?

Thank you.

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    Have you looked at github.com/jeanqasaur/against-junior-faculty-stress -- Against Junior Faculty Stress Culture A reading list.? (Oh, and congrats!)
    – Clément
    Feb 21, 2018 at 14:24
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    I got curious and looked up James's book on Amazon. The front cover describes the book as "A brutally Machiavellian guidebook", and one of the chapters is titled "Suck at teaching". Especially at a SLAC, let me recommend that you not follow his advice.
    – Anonymous
    Feb 21, 2018 at 15:56
  • @Anonymous: The book is also written from a humanities viewpoint. It really doesn't apply well to academics in STEM fields.
    – aeismail
    Feb 21, 2018 at 16:46
  • @Clément: make it an answer and I'll accept it. Thanks. Feb 21, 2018 at 18:29

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This useful guide, called Against Junior Faculty Stress Culture recommends the following resources:

It is on github, so don't hesitate to expand it by making pull requests!


On the teaching side, I wish that I'd read at the start of my career:

  • Ambrose, et. al., How Learning Works
  • Bain, What the Best College Teachers Do

And specifically for math instructors:

  • Krantz, How to Teach Mathematics

For new researchers/teachers in France, there is this welcome guide entitled "Livret d'accueil des mathématicien(ne)s" written by the French math societies (SMF, SMAI, SFS). Some of it is specific to mathematics, but most of it appears to be suitable for everyone. (I hope I will have the need to read it someday...)

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