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Teaching Efficiently

Students in Carol Ormand's Geology of the National Parks class work on a lab about the Grand Canyon. Photo courtesy of Carol Ormand.

Robert Boice, in his research on new faculty members, found that those who were most successful worked moderately on all aspects of their new careers (Boice, 2000) . He went further, investigating the day-to-day practices of these exemplary new faculty members, discovering their methods for getting work done, well, without overworking themselves. The resources below can help you to learn and implement these methods.

Resources

Boice's writings:

  • Boice described the work habits of exemplary new faculty members in his book, Advice For New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus . The subtitle is the Latin phrase meaning "everything in moderation." The book also includes exercises you can do to practice those work habits, until you internalize them.

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