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Smooth transition : The majority of the respondents felt that they had a smooth transition into the professorate. This was seen from several respondents with examples of their respones stating,

My first year I think was a lot smoother than others. This is my first time in higher education. My assumptions are based on that I had deferred duties to make my first year easier. I had one less class and some interns. I also came with two others new to the department. They made sure we didn’t have the tougher classes.

Another respondent stated,

I had a smooth transition due to my mentor who was also my co-chair. She answered all my questions when I came to the university. Actually, my mentor heard about the opening and encouraged me to apply for it. She told me about the job. I wanted to make sure I had credibility since I had been an assistant principal for five years and a principal for two years. We have continued our relationship. She works in another state now. It is nice when you have a friend who has taken you through the process. That is the way I approach people I hire now.

Another typical example showed the respondent’s sense of a smooth transition,

I had a smooth transition. My struggle was getting to the scholarship and research. My knowledge base wasn’t a problem because I had just left the superintendent position recently. So teaching was not a problem. I was always a good teacher so there was no struggle there.

However, one of the respondents found the transition difficult because of unclear expectations and limited written procedures for obtaining tenure. This respondent actually had to fight for the transition in the tenure process because of the lack of clarity in the process. He stated, “I was actually rehired, even though the two committees recommended I not be rehired. The Dean supported me.”

Emphasis on research, followed by teaching . Many of the respondents felt a need to conduct and publish research. One typical response was,

We got new administrators, the bar was raised and expectations for research and scholarship changed, so I knew I needed to do certain things to gain tenure. I began reading and thinking of what interested me. My dissertation was over 20 years old and no longer a research interest of mine. I needed to know the difference between a research agenda and research interests.

Another participant stated, “I taught research courses which led to interesting research topics to explore.” Many participants shared that they had started their publications by co-authoring manuscripts. Some respondents also mentioned that attending conferences helped them network with professors and then write with them on common areas of interest. One participant recommended that candidates have more coursework in research for a successful transition to higher education. Another professor recommended that new faculty set goals for publishing and not to get dejected because of rejections, rather to continue submitting articles. This professor also recommended that writing must be done voraciously while getting to at least 18 in six years. Another respondent stated that there is disconnect between what his institution stated was priority over the actual priority, “I see there is a greater emphasis on what you have published or presented. It seems that one is prioritized, but they say teaching is prioritized.” Another respondent said it was helpful to co-author some articles at first with more experienced faculty members. This helped him to better understand the process and to select topics of interest that were already in demand by publications.

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
Bharti
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
Daniel
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, Education leadership review special issue: portland conference, volume 12, number 3 (october 2011). OpenStax CNX. Oct 17, 2011 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11362/1.5
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