"It Seems Like Only Yesterday": The Challenges Faced by Recently Appointed Administrators

Many institutions have now developed comprehensive faculty first-year experience programs, recognizing how ineffective orientation for new instructors can be when it lasts for only a day or two and is scheduled right before classes begin. On the other hand, recently appointed administrators are all too often left to fend for themselves, having to learn "on the job" many of the skills they will need to know in order to succeed in their new positions. Is there any way to shorten this "learning curve" for new administrators? What are the special challenges that newly appointed administrators will face, and what kind of advice and considerations should these administrators be given?

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