Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus

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Allyn and Bacon, 2000 - Education - 319 pages
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Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus is a unique and essential guide to the start of a successful academic career. As its title suggests (nothing in excess), it advocates moderation in ways of working, based on the single-most reliable difference between new faculty who thrive and those who struggle. By following its practical, easy-to-use rules, novice faculty can learn to teach with the highest levels of student approval, involvement, and comprehension, with only modest preparation times and a greater reliance on spontaneity and student participation. Similarly, new faculty can use its rule-based practices to write with ease, increasing productivity, creativity, and publishability through brief, daily sessions of focused and relaxed work. And they can socialize more successfully by learning about often-misunderstood aspects of academic culture, including mentoring. Each rule in Advice for New Faculty Members has been tested on hundreds of new faculty and proven effective over the long run -- even in attaining permanent appointment. It is the first guidebook to move beyond anecdotes and surmises for its directives, based on the author's extensive experience and solid research in the areas of staff and faculty development. For new teachers.

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Contents

Moderate Work at Teaching
11
Wait
19
Begin Before Feeling Ready
29
Stop
47
Moderate Overattachment and Overreaction
55
Moderate Negative Thinking
65
Let Others Do Some of the Work
75
Moderate Classroom Incivilities
81
Let Go of Negative Thoughts
157
Moderate Emotions
165
Daily Sessions
174
Let Others Do Some of the Work
183
Summary and Extension of the Mindful
192
Socialize and Serve with Compassion
203
Learn about Academic Culture Early Patiently
211
Let Others Do Some of the Work
233

Summary and Extension of the Nihil Nimus Approach
99
Write in Mindful Ways
103
Wait
115
Begin Writing Early Before Feeling Ready
123
Work with Constancy and Moderation
137
Stop
145
Work with Balance
151
Combine SelfService with Service for Others
253
Catalogue of Nihil Nimus Rules and Advice
273
Readings by the Numbers
279
References
299
Name Index
311
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About the author (2000)

Robert Boice, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of psychology at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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