I have been working at a state university as a lecturer, actually in a senior position (on contract though) because I have a post graduate qualification as well, completed with a research component.
My graduation has been a bit recently and so I have only about two years of experience in this place. At the end of the contract, I've chosen to go to another place, which is a private university this time.
Usually, in our country, the state universities are considered to offer better quality degrees, better experienced academics, even the high scoring students at high school enter those usually. Now, the people at the private place had more interest to select me to their vacant position, because I'm a person with experience in such a state university and also because of the lack of people like me who have got qualified and experienced in state universities being enrolled to work in private places like that. That's what they explained.
And they said that they are looking forward to benefit from my experience to enhance their quality of education as well. With the mentioning of this, I felt as if a quite a load has been placed on my shoulders. I'll be starting there in a few days.
What do you think about this situation?
In these type of situations, I'm concerned whether they'll expect me to guide them through a whole new world of new experiences. Or if I'm able to suggest some practices which I've seen in my previous place which are lacking here would be enough at the beginning, while I carry on with teaching as I usually do with the subjects allocated to me?
As I mentioned earlier, I also don't have that much of experience in the field still, even though I have a good insight on completing my own tasks well, I'm not sure whether I'll be able to guide a whole lot of people at this new place to give out a very high standard at once. There, I'm not sure what type of extent is expected from me with regards to benefiting from my experience, and I'm quite concerned, will it affect if I'm unable to satisfy what they need? But I still don't even know what they need exactly either.
If I make any mistakes, I'm concerned whether they'll be paying more attention to me and start criticizing/laughing more as they expect me to be more experienced. I mean, as a human I might be making mistakes too right...But it makes me feel stressed.
What type of services I can usually suggest and do to improve the quality of an educational institute like that is also another concern, where I'd be glad to have suggestions.
Thanks a lot in advance.