being a professor

Some more things I have learned about being a Professor—Teaching

 Have fun teaching: I hate the advice to new faculty to do the minimum because teaching does not count much in promotion in R1 universities.  It is true that teaching is downplayed in most promotion decisions, but you should still take pride in what you do, and that means trying to teach well. Plus, if you teach well, you will get the best students to volunteer for you in your lab, and you will learn a lot about your field. And if you are having fun, the class will know this immediately and will work harder for you.