Assistant Professors

Resources for Assistant Professors

Here are some resources that I think other Assistant Professors could benefit from and enjoy:

  • The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tenure-Track Faculty Life
     I resonated with this article a lot. A tenure-track job can be pretty great.  I love that we get paid to learn and we get to “hang out with some of the smartest, coolest folks on the planet!”  I also could relate to Radhika Napal’s goal of being the “best whole person” she could be.  My objective function in life is a systematic one — maximize the sum of professional achievement and personal happiness.

  • Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?
    This is a great New York Times article about Adam Grant’s research on how to be efficient and productive in the workplace.  This article resonated with me, especially as an Assistant Professor who struggles with my desire to be accessible and dedicated to students  while balancing the numerous requirements on my time.  In any work setting, but specifically in academia, we need to be reminded that “helping is not the enemy of productivity, a time-sapping diversion from the actual work at hand; it is the mother lode, the motivator that spurs increased productivity and creativity.”
  • It Takes a Mentor
    A Gallup poll shows that “How you got your college education mattered most.” Successful students had one or more teachers who were mentors, and they had an internship related to what they were learning in school.  Just another data point to advocate for undergraduate research experiences, and student internships. 
  • A fun way to be more successful
    Research shows it is happiness that drives success, not the other way around.  And when we have a lot to do, that is exactly when taking a lunch break with a friend is the most important.
  • The Art of Saying No
  • A Better Kind of Happiness
    In this New Yorker article by Will Storr I especially liked this quote “One of his consistent findings is that, in order to bring us happiness, a project must have two qualities: it must be meaningful in some way, and we must have efficacy over it.”  That’s good advice for proposal writing too!

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