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Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus is a unique and essential guide to the start of a successful academic career. As its title suggests (nothing in excess), it advocates moderation in ways of working, based on the single-most reliable difference between new faculty who thrive and those who struggle. By following its practical, easy-to-use rules, novice faculty ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 31st 2000 by Pearson
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Dec 16, 2008 Britt rated it really liked it
This book has a lot of really excellent advice to help any new faculty member survive their first years on the job. Working in "brief regular sessions" is a fantastic and non-intuitive idea and I urge anyone who's feeling overwhelmed with their work, in teaching, research, or writing, to give it a try.

However, for a book that is subtitled "Nihil Nimus," meaning "nothing in excess," this book sure is wordy and repetitive. It also dwells far too much on convincing the reader that the advice works,
Dec 18, 2012 Meredith rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, adult
TERRIBLE writing, but seems like good, sane advice about starting a faculty job.
Anterobot Garcia
Jun 27, 2012 Anterobot Garcia rated it did not like it
Advice for readers of Advice for new faculty members: don't bother.
Aug 01, 2009 Leigh rated it liked it
I quit reading this page by page after the first couple of chapters. While I hate being one of those people that says "it sounds great, but it won't work for me" I think that is where I stand. Tackling big projects like teaching, writing and service in smaller packages on a somewhat daily sounds good to many people, but it is something that I am not good at. I feel like I get in such a rut and don't really get anything done. And that I am jumping around from thing to thing, which gets exhausting ...more
Robin Bernstein
Jun 03, 2012 Robin Bernstein rated it it was amazing
When I read this book, much of the advice struck me as counter-intuitive. But I decided to give Boice's system a shot, and the results were simply life-changing. The book is written in a dry style, and I don't recommend reading it in one sitting. It's probably best to read this book in the way that Boice recommends doing all academic work: in brief, regular sessions. And by the way, although this book is intended for junior faculty, almost all the advice is equally applicable to grad students.
Carolyn Judge
Jul 02, 2016 Carolyn Judge rated it it was amazing
I read this book after making tenure. While I made tenure without any concerns, I did so by becoming extremely stressed and miserable. This book is providing me with a road map to staying in academia and finding happiness there. If not for the ideas and guidance suggested, I would likely be looking for a new career.
Alex Wang
Dec 30, 2011 Alex Wang rated it liked it
It provides applicable guidance for new faculty members with respect to teaching, research, and service. The rules are based on the emprirical observations and filed studies accumulated over years by the author.
Very useful and easy to follow.
Applicable to different disciplines.
Jul 30, 2007 Nicole rated it it was amazing
this book is indispensable! even though i'm not heading off to a new job yet this fall, it's really helped me think about my writing and my teaching as i finish up the diss and get ready to head back out on the job market.
Jun 09, 2011 Rebecca marked it as to-read
At first I thought it was too touchy-feely, but I'm a little impatient sometimes. I've since grown to appreciate the advice for freewrites and for conscientious inquiry into what I want to accomplish.
Stanley Hall
Feb 21, 2009 Stanley Hall rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It applies mindfulness concepts to the practices of teaching, writing, and researching. Has dramatically affected my daily routines.
Jun 15, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
Great reference book for any faculty that cares about their teaching.
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Helpful advice for people new to my career.
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