Raise your hand if any of the following statements sound familiar: "I can't take a course release because there won't be anyone to teach that topic.""We have to raise the enrolment cap on classes otherwise students who need the credits won't get in.""I can't take a break over the summer because there's no one else… Continue reading Institutional problems/individual sacrifices
An academic job is actually many jobs in one: teacher, administrator, researcher, writer, mentor, project manager, curriculum developer, public expert... I could go on. So how do you decide, on any given day, where to invest your time, energy, hope, and aspirations? Last week I was away on a writing retreat with three colleagues with… Continue reading The work versus the job
Academic work is never really finished. Every paper could use more edits. The literature review will never be exhaustive. You can never be too prepared for class. I've found that academic work will expand to fill every hour you're willing to give it. And your institution, colleagues, supervisors, and students will be only too happy to take as much as you can give.