I have to admit I was shocked to total up my working hours last week and see that I only worked 42.5 hours. I've been thinking alot about why it seems like I worked much more than that. Here are some conclusions I've come to: (1) I have read somewhere (I can't remember where!) that … Continue reading Reflections on 5 Days in the Life of a Tenured Professor
Day 5: Friday. Busy morning and relaxing afternoon ahead.6:15am: Wake up, shower, dress, coffee, kids to bus7:30am: In my office, chatting with colleague on phone8:00am: Check email and prepare for 8:30am meeting and 9:30am phone call.8:30am: Meeting regarding personnel issue9:30am: Phone conversation with woman from England working on on-line submission system for journal10:15am: Meeting with … Continue reading Day in the Life, Day 5
Day 4: Wake up late from staying up too late last night. Day full of teaching and meetings ahead.8:00am: Wake up, coffee, shower, dress, take out recycling. Everyone already gone to school and work.9:00am: Decide to work at home until 11:00am meeting. Check email, prepare for class today.11:00am: Arrive at office at last.11:00am: Meet with … Continue reading Day in the Life, Day 4
Day 3, Wednesday. Kids back to school, but buses running late so off to a late start today.7:00am: Wake up, coffee. Wait with son at bus stop until 7:45 (bus 30 minutes late)To 8:30am: Shower, dress, eat.To 9:00am: Check email, packTo 10:00am: Stop at dry cleaners, post office on way to office10:00am: Arrive at office … Continue reading Day in the Life, Day 3
Day 2, Tuesday. Historic day: First half-Kenyan to be inaugurated as President of the United States. Is the dream still alive?Had an inch of snow overnight, so kids home from school because of school closure, and university opening is delayed until 10:30a -- for some folks. Not me.6:15am: Wake up, coffee, shower, dress, read Sunday … Continue reading Day in the Life of a Tenured Professor, Day 2
What is a week in the life of a slappy tenured professor like? Here's Day 1, Monday. Kids home from school because of Martin Luther King Holiday so was able to sleep in:8:00am: Wake up, coffee, shower, dress8:45am: Quick check of emails and pack up computer and work stuff9:00am: Drive to indoor tennis center and … Continue reading Day 1 Work Log
The follower of this sporadically updated blog will notice a change in its title and description. These changes reflect the fact that I earned TENURE in the spring of 2008 and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor effective last July. The landmark moments in the life of an academic are few, but all … Continue reading Tenure!!!
"Writing is manual labor of the mind: a job, like laying pipe." -- John Gregory Dunne (From the April 23, 2006 NYTBR review of Erica Jong's "Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life," by Ron Powers)
OK, so I have been slackin' on my bloggin', but a new semester has started so I am back and ready to elevate my game. In fairness, much has happened since the last posting on May 17th. Sold a house, bought a house, moved out of apartment into new house, separated family members moved to … Continue reading Slackin’ on my bloggin’
OK, let's just say that March was an insane month, so I've gotten a bit off track in terms of posting. Let me review. First of all, three weeks of March were given over to spring break. Of course the spring break at Wake Forest University did not overlap with the kids' spring break at … Continue reading What Happened to March?