As told to me in various settings… and in no particular order…
1. Hire one solid postdoc or tech, that person will get you tenure.
2. Limit your committee service to the only two important committees: 1. The space committee, 2. The promotion and tenure committee. (the giver of this advice particularly disliked curriculum, and curriculum design committees)
3. With regard to publications… N+1 is better than N.
4. Don’t win any teaching awards.
5. Figure out which battles are really important, fight those- and hang back on the rest.
6. As far as NIH/NSF/your favorite federal agency is concerned, data that ONLY exists in your notebook… doesn’t count.
7. Don’t monitor people’s hours, monitor their data.
8. Treat people that work with you as you want to be treated.
9. In hiring people to work for you, remember that people don’t come on a 1-10 scale- some can reach negative numbers (actually reduce lab productivity).
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