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Each year, hundreds of academics begin new faculty appointments. Some are just launching new careers, while others are advancing to new campuses. As faculty members and their institutions struggle to ease the passage to a new environment, they are faced with critical questions. What are the challenges of the transition process? And how does that process differ for first-time faculty and seasoned faculty?
Drawing on a study conducted by researchers at the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Faculty in New Jobs shows how faculty and institutions can work together to ease the transition to a new job and facilitate the process of mastering academic work. Robert Menges and his associates offer practical, real-world advice covering all phases of the faculty career—from the difficult early process of settling in, to becoming socially and academically established, to ultimately building the institutional supports necessary for a successful career.
The authors provide newcomers with valuable strategies for adapting to campus culture, building professional relationships, establishing a teaching style, and successfully juggling the diverse responsibilities of the faculty role. They also explain what institutions can do to select, support, and evaluate faculty more effectively. They describe the institutional climate that supports effective faculty transitions into and out of academia. They discuss what administrators can do to help faculty better understand and participate in the institutional culture, while also challenging 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 Calian Trautvetter
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. Ward Struthers
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 Woods Quinn
13. Learning from Leavers, Shoshanah Bechhofer, Brian T. Barnhart
14. Accountability for Faculty Welfare, Lisa Firing Lenze