If you can’t tell from the title or the picture, the semester is over! I’ve made it through a 4-month whirlwind of activity, craziness, anxiety, and, not to toot my own horn, success. Going into this semester, I thought I had a good idea of what it took to be tenure track material (I mean, I got the job didn’t I?!?). That last month though, was a little rough at times. All in all, I think everything went about as well as it could go for my first semester teaching. I’ve read some of the comments from my class survey (I’ll discuss more in a later post) and many were of the flavor, “I was a little apprehensive about this class with a new prof and given that this was his first time teaching, it was a lot better than expected and things went well.” That’s encouraging for the future.
While I’m super ecstatic, it’s still an uphill battle because I’m also teaching again next semester, and it’s a class that’s on a completely new topic (right in my wheelhouse though). Given that it took me ~3-4 hours of prep for a ~1:20 lecture, I have plenty of work to do this break. Plus, there are several proposals that I want to write which occur early in the semester, and I’ve got one hold-over manuscript from previous work that must be finished. That means I’ll need to be very efficient with my time management. I would say that I was just OK with my time management this semester and I definitely need to improve that if I’m going to really ramp up research, teach a new course, and hit all of the proposal deadlines.
I’ve written previously on how I feel that success breeds success. I feel a little burned out but now that I’ve submitted grades, I also really feel like working on proposals, writing that manuscript, and working on my book.
For the other faculty out there, what did you feel like after your first semester?
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