When I first embarked on the endeavor of being a faculty member I discovered that, although I had spend a good many years of my life in the academy, the number of things I did not know about my academic appointment far outnumbered the things I did know. So I took this on as another research project, a puzzle to solve, a mystery to investigate. The other crucial bit of information I realized along the way was that, although answers to many questions were forthcoming, much of my research would be long-term. It takes time to acquire the needed information, determine the rules (written and unwritten), and find those key people who have the answers.
Joining Your Department and Discipline
The first steps to achieving tenure can occur well ...