1. Learn to say no.Use this skill often, but judiciously.
2. Actively seek out multiple mentors. I’d rec. at least one being in a different department (if possible) and senior level bc they can help you navigate the larger politics and culture of the Uni.
3. Most Unis should have a mentorship program....join it. Go to any mentoring seminars, lunch talks, etc. Always have at least an outline of expectations that you and your mentor can agree upon. Meet at least quarterly, any less is rarely worth it. It’s okay to have a mentoring situation not work out, just be honest and you could still have a solid colleague for years. I could go on, suffice to say this is an area many junior faculty miss.
PM me if you want some mentorship materials to get yourself started. I think I still have some materials saved somewhere I can send you from my last Uni.
4. You may not like to get involved in the politics of the Uni/dept, but you need to at least be aware of the issues and navigate accordingly, even if you want to stay out of the fray.
5. Network outside of your dept. When networking, always look to help someone first. It is an investment in time, but trust me...it can pay off.
6. If you want advice, ask for funding. If you want funding, have a solid idea and ask for advice. (Adapted from the biz world, but it still applies).
7. Have a 1, 3, and 5yr plan/set of goals. Revisit said goals at least quarterly. It is a living document, so don’t be afraid to change it.
8. Have I mentioned mentorship and networking? Seriously, they are two of the most important things starting out as junior faculty.
9. Learn to under promise and over deliver.
10. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it be with a stats consult, design, how to navigate Uni resources, etc.
11. Keep an updated CV; I used to do it quarterly when I reviewed my 1/3/5 yr plans. You’ll want s “master” CV and a pared down CV. Write a short bio and a longer bio, as you’ll need them for talks and other activities. You should also keep an unofficial list of activities/committees/contributions. This could be things you’d add to a CV, but more likely they are a rung below, but it’s super helpful for end of year reviews and when you are up for promotion.