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Each year, hundreds of academics begin new faculty appointments.Some are just launching new careers, while others are advancing tonew campuses. As faculty members and their institutions struggle toease the passage to a new environment, they are faced with criticalquestions. What are the challenges of the transition process? Andhow does that process differ for first-time faculty and seasonedfaculty?
Drawing on a study conducted by researchers at the National Centeron Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Faculty in NewJobs shows how faculty and institutions can work together to easethe transition to a new job and facilitate the process of masteringacademic work. Robert Menges and his associates offer practical,real-world advice covering all phases of the faculty career—fromthe difficult early process of settling in, to becoming sociallyand academically established, to ultimately building theinstitutional supports necessary for a successful career.
The authors provide newcomers with valuable strategies for adaptingto campus culture, building professional relationships,establishing a teaching style, and successfully juggling thediverse responsibilities of the faculty role. They also explainwhat institutions can do to select, support, and evaluate facultymore effectively. They describe the institutional climate thatsupports effective faculty transitions into and out of academia.They discuss what administrators can do to help faculty betterunderstand and participate in the institutional culture, while alsochallenging and changing it in positive ways.
1. Becoming a Newcomer, Sarah M. Dinham
Part I: Settling In
2. Dilemmas of Newly Hired Faculty, Robert J. Menges
3. New Faculty Talk about Stress, Sarah M. Dinham
4. Experiences of Women, Experiences of Men, Lois CalianTrautvetter
5. Perspectives on Faculty of Color, Mia Alexander-Snow, Barbara J.Johnson
6. Mentoring and Collegiality, Rita K. Bode
Part II: Getting Established
7. Learning What Students Understand, Lisa Firing Lenze, Sarah M.Dinham
8. Seeking and Using Feedback, Robert J. Menges
9. Feeling in Control, Raymond P. Perry, Verena H. Menec, C. WardStruthers
10. Faculty Well-Being and Vitality, Charles J. Walker, Natalie M.Hale
Part III: Building Institutional Supports
11. How Disciplinary Consensus Affects Faculty, John M. Braxton,Joseph B. Berger
12. Establishing a Teaching Development Culture, Jennifer WoodsQuinn
13. Learning from Leavers, Shoshanah Bechhofer, Brian T.Barnhart
14. Accountability for Faculty Welfare, Lisa Firing Lenze