Advice to New Faculty
Greg Mankiw's Blog is a must read for aspiring economists. He just posted some spot-on "Advice for Junior Faculty" the best pieces IMO are:
- Focus on getting papers published - everything else is secondary. And don't be a perfectionist. Get the thing out the door and onto a referee's desk.
- It pays to be a good teacher and a good citizen in your department, but it won't get you tenure
- Attend conferences and give seminars at schools to publicize your work and yourself.
- Give each of your papers a shot or two at the top journals, such as the AER, JPE, or QJE.
- Do not get discouraged by rejection.
- Schedule time for writing every day (preferably first thing). It doesn't have to be a lot - just commit to 30 minutes every day. Other things will creep in and steal your time So do it first.
- Read Boice's Advice For New Faculty Members. It's short, cheap, and well worth the read. And it'll get you started on your careers with good habits.