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Career advice for new faculty members

Here's an amazingly comprehensive guide for new professors. It's geared toward bio types, but much of the advice is applicable to astro/physics:


Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientifıc Management for Postdocs and New Faculty (pdf)

And here's the book that I recommend to every new prof:


Advice for New Faculty Members by Robert Boice


This book is based on a study of thousands of young (pre-tenure) faculty members. They identified the top 5% as the "fast starters" and found the common practices of these exemplars. The advice is very practical, but very difficult to implement because it requires you to change a lot of ingrained habits. But I've found a lot of success in implementing things like working in brief regular sessions (BRSs), being mindful of investing too much time into teaching, how to wait actively, and perhaps most importantly, how to build a group that I trust and delegate aggressively to them. 

Read these books and succeed in your first years!



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