I just took my first tenure track job. I'm moving to a department that has a graduate program, thought it's not NYU or any place like that. Do you have any advice for someone making the transition from grad student to assistant professor (other than the usual stuff)?This seems worth replying to. I don't know what the "usual stuff" is, but here are two tips. The first is obvious, but I've seen junior faculty mess it up often enough that I think it should be stated.
1. Do not say anything about any of your colleagues (or anyone in the profession, for that matter) that you would not say directly to them. Grad students get into habits of gossiping, trash-talking, bullshitting, and the like. That's fine as a coping strategy. But once you're on faculty, it's a different ballgame.
2. Learn your work habits. Moving into a faculty position brings with it lots of adjustments. Since your job is in a department with a graduate program, you are expected to do research, write papers, attend conferences, and publish your work. I've seen a lot of junior faculty waste a lot of time spinning their wheels. Self-examination now about how you work will pay off. Do you work best at night, or in the morning? Do you work best at home or in an office? How long does it take you to read (closely) a 25 page journal article? How many philosophically solid pages/words can you write in a weekend? Do you work best on the computer or with a pen and paper? What distractions are you most vulnerable to? How does your teaching relate to your research, and are there ways to bring the two into greater harmony? Which journals are absolutely central to your research program, and does the library at your new University subscribe to them? Knowing things like these before you begin in September can help a great deal. Good luck.
Anyone have other tips?