Inside Higher Ed
July 22nd, 2015
A common piece of advice newly hired tenure-track faculty receive is
to learn to say no. Invitations to serve on committees, teach new
courses, develop curricula, give talks, attend events and meet
colleagues will abound in the first few years of a tenure-track
position, and if you don’t learn to say no to some of these invitations,
you’ll never be able to get any of your own research done.
However, while it’s true that new hires need to learn to say no so
they don’t get overwhelmed and fall behind on their scholarship, it’s
also important to learn how to decide which opportunities to accept or
decline. What are the offers worth saying yes to? When might saying no
really be declining a valuable opportunity? Are there ways that saying
yes to certain opportunities might help to advance, rather than take
time away from, your own research agenda?