Maybe you’d like to combine the two loves of your life, teaching and scholarship, and perhaps build a satisfying and profitable academic career, but you’re not sure if this is really what you want or how to go about it. Or maybe you’ve made up your mind but need some good advice on how to succeed. If so, this book is written for you. So You Want To Be a Professor begins with a discussion of jobs in academia and how to find them. Chapters cover a wide range of political skills for future academic success, including lecturing, organizing a course, meeting your first class, testing, maintaining a research program, and writing for publication. No other book provides such a practical overview of essential career-building skills. Even junior faculty will benefit from the advice in this engaging, comprehensive book.

Meeting Your First Class

Meeting your first class

Scared. It's as if you did not know how to drive a car and your parents gave you the keys and said “go for it.” It would be exhilarating, but you would be scared to death. In this chapter, I discuss some of the anxieties we all experience in meeting our first class. And no, the anxieties never leave completely, but they can be significantly reduced by preparation and experience.

First-Time Fears

First-time fears might be categorized as follows:

  • How can I adopt an appropriate pace for the students, and at what level of difficulty should I present the material?
  • How can I teach this material if I have been increasingly specialized? I know an awful lot about a narrow area and ...
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