I've had those 8:30 am conference slots with half a dozen people in the room, most of them not fully caffeinated. I've also had someone much more senior and well known than I stand up and berate me in front of hundreds of people for approaching an issue differently than she did. (Surprisingly, I … [Read more...] about Getting useful feedback on your conference paper
For many people what's attractive about an academic career is the opportunity to be intellectually engaged: with students, with books, with colleagues, etc. Popular cultural representations of academia twist this into an image of the professor with his mind on higher things and detached from … [Read more...] about What happened to the Life of the Mind?