When you are looking for an academic job it is hard to imagine that you could get one and be unhappy, even miserable. And yet, I've met unhappy academics. Sometimes you're just overwhelmed. It seems like there is so much to do that there will never be enough hours in the day to do it. You try, … [Read more...] about What’s YOUR ideal academic job?
There are all kinds of reasons why you need to be available to students outside the classroom. You have various means of enabling those students to ask questions outside of class time: Fixed hours when you are available in your office for this purpose An e-mail address where they can … [Read more...] about Being available, with limits
One way to get some control over how much time and energy you give to certain kinds of legitimate requests is to create a container for that kind of work. Just as it is easier to store flour if you pour it into something with firm sides and a lid (so it doesn't just flow all over the counter), … [Read more...] about Managing your workload by creating containers
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. (The Serenity Prayer, Reinhold Niebuhr) Whether you believe in that god or not, the sentiment of this prayer is just good advice. You can always just cut out … [Read more...] about What you can change
One of the attractions of an academic career is the autonomy it affords. You have the freedom to research the things you find interesting. You don't have to report weekly or monthly to your boss about your progress on your writing and research. You have considerable control over how you teach the … [Read more...] about Are you waiting for permission?