This book is based on the author’s research, conducted over a period of 20 years, on the work habits of faculty members. He studied the behavioral patterns of academics as they taught, wrote, and interacted with their colleagues. From this, he developed a set of strategies that aim to “help produce more and better work in less time with less strain.” He advocates mindfulness, constancy, and moderation. He recommends calm attentiveness, taking time to reflect, and working in brief sessions. Now 15 years old, this book is considered a cult classic that continues to pop up in the news.
Robert Boice, Advice for New Faculty Members (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000), 3.