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*At the most basic level you need to know what activities further your goals and which activities do not. While this may seem simple to differentiate between the two, you may find that your career goals and the expectations of your department overlap in some ways but not others.  
*At the most basic level you need to know what activities further your goals and which activities do not. While this may seem simple to differentiate between the two, you may find that your career goals and the expectations of your department overlap in some ways but not others.  
*So how do you identify your career goals and how do you identify the expectations of your department...
*So how do you identify your career goals and how do you identify the expectations of your department...
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==Your Department's Expectations==  
==Your Department's Expectations==  
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===How to learn what is expected of you?===
===How to learn what is expected of you?===
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*During the job search process you probably learned about the type of school
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*During the job search process you probably learned about the school's relative weighting of research and teaching.
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*During the interview process asking key questions is an important starting step in learning how the  
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*During the interview process asking key questions is an important starting step in learning how the school specifically weights research and teaching.  See below for [[#What questions should I ask?|what questions to ask]].
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*Talk to people at every level -- Dean, Department Chair, senior faculty, junior faculty, etc.  Some of the questions you would ask are the same at every level, such as what are your expectations of me
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*Talk to people at every level -- Dean, Department Chair, senior faculty, junior faculty, etc.  Some of the questions you would ask are the same at every level, such as what are your expectations of me; some of the questions will be different at every level, such as wanting to know from junior faculty what was the most difficult part of your adjustment to the department, and wanting to learn from senior faculty what were the difference between those who recieved tenure and those who did not in the 10 years.
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what was the most difficult part of your adjustment to the department
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*Ask as many people as possible because hopefully there will be agreement between them. If there is not perfect overlap, at the very least you want to find commonalities by triangulating similar information from different sources. But what if you find inconsistent information? -- see the section below about [[#What to do if conflicting expectations? | What to do if you find conflicting information]].
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*Learn about their expectations and goals before providing information to them about your own. Why? Because you don't want to underestimate (and provide them a negative opinion about what they may percieve as laziness or underachievement) and you don't want to overestimate (and set too high of a goal that could diminish your chances of success).
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Learn about their expectations and goals before providing information to them about your own. Why? Because you don't want to underestimate (and provide them a negative opinion about what seems like underachievement) and you don't want to overestimate (and set too of a goal that could diminish your chances of success)
 
   
   
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===What questions should I ask?===
===What questions should I ask?===
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#In the last 10 years, how many people recieved tenure?
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===What to do if conflicting expectations?===
===What to do if conflicting expectations?===
*What happens if the information you get is inconsistent when talking to the Dean, Department Chair, senior faculty, junior faculty, etc.?
*What happens if the information you get is inconsistent when talking to the Dean, Department Chair, senior faculty, junior faculty, etc.?
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*The most important person for your professional development is you!
*The most important person for your professional development is you!
*It is also important to know your department's expecations before you start strategically planning your own career. Why? Because you need to know
*It is also important to know your department's expecations before you start strategically planning your own career. Why? Because you need to know
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*Research has shown the best way to accomplish objectives is to set clear, concrete, and obtainable steps.
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*Research has shown the best way to accomplish objectives is to set clear and concrete steps.
*Putting each step down on paper allows you to have a periodical reminder of the steps and allows you to check-off each one as they are accomplished.
*Putting each step down on paper allows you to have a periodical reminder of the steps and allows you to check-off each one as they are accomplished.
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Revision as of 07:33, 16 September 2007

Contents


Why is it important to plan your career?


Your Department's Expectations

How to learn what is expected of you?


What questions should I ask?

  1. In the last 10 years, how many people recieved tenure?
  2. What were the difference between those who recieved tenure and those who did not?
  3. What resources exists for helping me...
  4. What is the expected level of research, teaching, and service (RTS)?
  5. Be sure to quantify what they expect of you? Some schools split the RTS as 40%, 40%, 20%, but what does 40% mean? What does 20%?
  6. Is the evaluation process formal or informal?
  7. How am I going to be evaluated?
  8. Is the evaluation conducted each year or every other year?

What to do if conflicting expectations?


Your Career Goals

You


Concrete


Obtainable


Evaluation






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