There are a lot of tasks that when done well no one even notices. They are essential to the smooth running of your department, institution, and scholarly association, and yet they are often invisible. Even if doing the actual tasks gets some recognition, thinking about what needs to be done and … [Read more...] about Academic citizenship & getting better at saying no
I find the use of “administration” and “administrators” in academic circles increasingly problematic. In particular, there is a lack of precision in the use of the term. The term “administration” seems to be applied to everything from clerical work to running the institution. It has become a … [Read more...] about What is “administration” anyway?
One difference between an academic career and other forms of employment is that you are often left to manage your workload yourself. The basics are decided by someone else, but you are always "free" to take on more. You have permission to decide whether to take on these obligations Saying "no" is … [Read more...] about Permission to refuse service/admin requests