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03/09/2017

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If the institution you're currently at or the one you're starting at has a membership at the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), I highly recommend getting on their email list. (You can become an individual member, but it's not cheap.)

There are lots of things NCFDD does, but I've found two tips from their weekly email newsletter especially helpful: 1) commit to writing at least half an hour every workday, no exceptions. Schedule it in your calendar like any other commitment. Last semester I did this only on non-teaching days; this semester I'm doing it every day, and it's amazing how much more productive I've been. 2) Have a self-meeting every Sunday (or whenever) where you take 15 minutes to schedule out your week--the standing commitments you have, your writing time, the things you have to get done. Make yourself a weekly plan and then do your best to stick to it.

kc

Something important that I found useful that doesn't get mentioned a lot is making friends. It has been really helpful for me to make friends in other departments that are not connected to mine in any way. When I have to get something off my chest to someone who sort of understands university politics and I don't want it getting back to my department, I share it with someone from the business school who I met at faculty orientation. However your university gets its junior faculty together, find people who you'd feel comfortable taking to. A post on socializing outside your department might be useful.

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