Teaching
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Teaching

The new teacher will be excited and full of energy for taking class and engaging much of their time in preparing for the class and reading, learning and invest unlimited sum of time into teaching, as you it will help the new teacher to develop in his/her specialization and receive immediate reward from the students getting round of applause after the class, and you will be admired, become popular and likely. The students from different department, faculty and areas will try to even talk to you. Large group of your students will try to engage your time for discussion. But bear in mind that your job is based on a combination on teaching, research and various other activities that without an outstanding work within following years it is very unlikely that you will get tenure. In fact, for most tenure-track positions, what counts is your research based on the tenure and the future development of the career. Therefore the faculty member has to indulge himself in various research activities.

This means that the faculty in the college or in an university should concentrate on the teaching area as well as side by side on research too for his development and other activity. He/she should take more care of his actual professional of teaching the students but be careful that you do not invest too much time into it. Try to build some professional relationship which help the faculty to get some resources like teaching material, notes of the courses which the other faculty have already taught before. This will help the newly recruited faculty to spend more concentration and reduce time gap. The reference from the library for the use or the faculty members from the other universities who have taught a similar course can recommend the books, reference and or use a textbook that comes with plenty of teaching material. This will help the faculty to develop the notes and teaching agendas in very less amount of time and can concentrate on other activities.

Class teaching

The teacher is the only commander of the class in a class room teaching. The faculty should understand that the subject which is handled by the teacher will create the positive and negative effect in the mind of the students. The career of the students is dependent on each individual teacher from which he learns. The teacher should try to give maximum output to the students in a predetermined number of time/ hours. He/ she should be well prepared for each lecture. Try to prepare slides for each class; this will literally limit and maximize value for the number of minutes that you spend on each slide. If you have taught the same subject or course before, then you need to go through the slides and additional note before few hours of the class and that will be easy and comfortable. The faculty should predetermine the assignment, teaching methods and tools, examination and related activity to be at better end. The faculty should adjust the time so that the ending of the course should be at least a week before the exams. The problem solving or tutorial should be arranged well in advance.

Research

The faculty should also concentrate to the research which will help the university and the department to earn revenue, reputation and develop the ranking position in the country. The research and publication will help the faculty member to earn extra income and add to the reputation. Being a good researcher and having ample of research the students and the other university community will admire you and appreciate you for the efforts. Research will also help you to develop your teaching knowledge and professional development as you will be involved in lot many professional organization, having relation with lot many people and so on.

Writing Research funding Proposals

Developing research grant proposals is one of the most competitive jobs you might ever done in your life. The competition will be developed among the group of people which belong to your same department. The faculty in any department as a new will have to same idea and develops the concept or the research grants based on the announcement. He/ she have to develop the better proposal covering all expensed. Sometime you have to be competitive to your immediate head, professor, and colleges whom you are regularly taking a tea or sharing the apartment.

In the research grants proposal you need to beer the travel cost, equipment cost, support the group, and lot of other which need funds to be fulfilled which need ample of time and understanding of the areas helping you to develop the grant proposal. The positive effects of developing the research proposal are that you try to understand and anticipate the future needs ahead and recording it. The problem may be relevant to some of the business, NGO's, government agencies, industry which will help you to develop relationship and consultancy with the agencies. It will also help the faculty to understand the concept beyond certain limit of problem solving and system. Sometime developing research grant proposal can take as much time as writing a full paper, and it is sometimes doubtful whether the money is worth all the time you invest or you will get much return as a professional development as you are expecting. The negative effect of writing research grants proposal is that you will be competing with the senior professors in your field. The competition between you and the community who have expertise, established research record, contacts, influence, sometime your supervisor and who tend to get much larger grants from funding agencies.

It has highly recommended to write small research grants proposal which you can handle as a new faculty and to keep safe of all competitive efforts from the other university and professional community, professor who are trying for the large grant proposals. This will add to establish a good research record in your area, and to look forward that in hardly any years you will be well thought-out one of the higher-ranking professional in your field. Try to make a combined group of people from your department, university and also fro the other university which will help the group to develop and grow for capturing and handling large research grants.

Evaluation Panels

Evaluation panels for analyzing and giving comments to the research grant proposals, research are a good way to learn and understand that how evaluator evaluate, the areas, how to write a successful good grant proposals etc. You should accept only those proposals for which you have enough time and can do high-standard evaluation. Being a member of the evaluation committee will help you to understand the view point of other evaluators for which they are looking for the approve research grant and other things. This understanding will help you to write successful research grand proposals, research papers and other development project and implimentations. . One approach that has worked for us is to start evaluation right away: Give the proposal/ paper to one of your best students and schedule a meeting to discuss the paper within a couple of weeks. During this time you also read the proposal paper carefully. Then in a meeting with the student, you discuss the evaluation, and the student writes a first draft of evaluation that you can then revise later.

Service

As soon as you enter as a new faculty in the institution it seems, suddenly you become very popular among the institutional community and industry. You will be contacted for various numbers of services to be offered. It include review papers, panel member for new recruitment committee, act as a conference chair, serve on program committee member and proposal review panels, and many other university level committee member like examination committee, curriculum development committee, student research review panel etc. which leads you to have no time. Agree to only those activities for which you have time to perform while maintaining high standards and act effectively and efficiently.

Committees

It is recommended to get involved in agenda committee work which will extensively improves your level of exposure to the community, and it offers you a valuable overview of the current research in your area of interest. Be careful that the responsibility you undertake should be fulfilled well in time otherwise it will hurt your image in the community. Therefore you should get involved only in that committee for which you can devote time and efforts for the success. It is a true honor to be in a committee doing community service and commit yourself for the completion of the undertaking.

University Service

The faculty appointed does not have much idea about the committee and the associations related to the department, university and other for which he / she can serve. It is recommended to get involved in the university level after some time of your service (approximately 1 year) during the time you will have an overview of the system, relationship and the connection among different areas. Playing a role in shaping the development of a new area within your university will help you to develop administrative, organizational and innovation skills leading you to undertake higher responsibility. Sometimes, there are always cases where it is clearly beneficial for you from the start to serve on a committee but remember some services and responsibility will require huge amount of time and commitment.

Students and office

Being a teacher, you are responsible first to the students and the problem they are facing in your subject/ course. Make yourself available to the students during one or two hours per week in the office/ department/ chair. Solve the problem preferably in group which will minimize the time and efforts to do repeatedly the same. Encourage the students to form study group and help each other to understand and solve problem among the group and if the group have any problem they can approach other group. In this way you will develop the quality of team efforts, group problem solving, communication problems, helping nature which is very much necessary in the professional life after there course. Strongly discourage students to show up randomly at other times. Discourage the students to approach you in the library, during the meeting, lunch hours, residence and so on. Develop a routine on how to maximize your efficiency of interaction with the students.

Answering questions about the lectures or clarifications about research, assignment and project and implimentation and concerning specific questions about the subject/ course/ project and implimentations should be handled in as soon as possible or short duration of time with an appointment or extra class. It does not require to be in the class room, you can discuss in the a conference hall, cafeteria, and vacant space available around, if class rooms are not free.

Overload

If you think that you are over loaded with work and you are too high to bear your work or you think you cannot do the activity with high standards due to overload then talk to your department head or dean or chair. The department head or dean or chair can give you time off teaching and research and release you from committees being overloaded. Don't think that this will lead to create bad image or doubt in you efficiency. It is better to deal with the worst situation rather that doing a wrong thing due to overload.

Conclusion

Being a teacher it is the best thing you are doing to the community but always keep in your mind that "TEACHER IS MAKING THE NEXT GENERATION". Therefore be aware that you are doing the best job that can be imagined. You have the full independence to think and act. You can decide the program, research, and service to the university and the community. You are the only person who will make your own career and develop your inner being. You will be responsible for doing good and also to create your own image.
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