You may also end up at a community college.
-The course sizes will be smaller but the number of sections will be higher. The base load for my department is 21 contact hours (or 7 sections) per semester.
- Smaller sections will allow for more personal interactions with students but you will encounter few history majors, as you'll mostly be teaching survey courses for students needing a gen-ed requirement.
I wish I had understood the scope of "service." It is important to say "no" and, especially pre-tenure, to stay in close touch with your department chair and department mentor (if you have one) about what to say yes to and what to say no to.
I wish I had realized just how costly it would be to do community-based archival research, and the paucity of funding, at the institutional, regional, and state levels for such work. Most of the archives I work with (women's clubs) are held privately and scattered across the state (Florida), so I've become a "road warrior" to follow my research agenda. For the past several years, I have taught online, asynchronous summer courses to fund my research travel. The lack of funding is a real deterrent to tackling larger-scale synthesis projects.
I wish that I had known that being a professor is not like being a graduate student.
* You do not have time to read all the new books even in one of your fields. You will try to keep up with book reviews but even that falls off as you keep having more job duties to perform and deadlines to meet. Most of the new scholarship gets skimmed when doing research or preparing a new class.