Large projects are slightly frightening and to do them, or start them, you have to have authority in them. It is all very well to say, break them into small parts, but if you have renounced authority in these projects then you cannot begin. It is not a question of procrastination but of authority (and … More Insight Two
The reason people want you to do so much service is so they can hang out with you. At one job I made friends with another new hire and it was to go to libraries, having someone to drive with and then go explore cafés. That was fine but at other jobs I have been … More Insight One
I am so old fashioned that I am doing this for the first time. It is great, and fast, and works well for short papers. It is much easier than grading via blogs or on other websites. Axé.
I remember discussing difficulties managing work days with another new assistant professor who had observed professors more closely than I had. He said: “Your problem is that you are not hiding enough.” At the time I did not think this was a comprehensive enough answer and I did not fully understand it. But it has … More “You are not hiding enough.”
I think these are interesting as information for oneself as much or more than for others. I do not know that I would answer them in the same way every day, but these are some answers I might have. 1. How did you arrive at your dissertation topic or most recent project of considerable scope? … More Taking on those questions
I have just seen that another reason I dislike standard academic advice: I have been up for tenure since I was born, practically. I know the script so well that I cannot stand it. I am reading a piece in a journal where a friend of mine in college had an internship. It is a … More De la psychanalyse
Did I Miss Anything Question frequently asked by students after missing a class Nothing. When we realized you weren’t here we sat with our hands folded on our desks in silence, for the full two hours Everything. I gave an exam worth 40 per cent of the grade for this term and assigned some reading … More I stole this from the comments on another blog.
My younger colleagues who publish a lot say one should expect and want to work at a place with a research culture — one has a right. They say there are so many obstacles to actual scholarly production here that people go into administration as the way up and out; scholarly production is not reliable … More More on the question of research culture
I think these are interesting as information for oneself as much or more than for others. 1. How did you arrive at your dissertation topic or most recent project of considerable scope? 2. If you could go back and teach your grad school self one important thing about reading/writing/teaching/etc. that you learned after grad school, … More Five questions we can answer: un post pour le weekend.
Another reason people think they cannot work in small pieces of time is that they do not see research as something you can relax with in a casual way. I used to do it in a relaxed way, most of the time, but then later I started to do it as relaxation. It was the … More Another revolutionary statement: on research as relaxation