Surviving the Research to Teaching Transition

3 Oct

Tenure, She Wrote

Starting a new faculty position is challenging, no matter what type.  There are multiple things that take time and energy: endless decisions about purchasing and organization, deciding how to be an effective mentor and advisor, and learning the ropes at a new institution, to name a few. The transition to a new faculty position can be particularly difficult when changing gears from a research to a teaching focus, especially if you (like many researchers) have had little to no training or experience with teaching.  The metrics for success in teaching are very different from those in research.

During my training I never had a certain type of academic position in mind – I didn’t feel a strong pull in either the research or teaching direction.  Through a combination of circumstance and choice I ended up at a PUI (primarily undergraduate institution). The teaching load, although lighter than…

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