Ok, so I'm eating a delicious lunch (leftovers: mashed turnips, spinach, tilapia with almonds and parmegiano reggiano; I brought celery with peanutbutter and celery with cream cheese for snacking) and I thought I'd post again, on a variety of topics:
Teaching: A graduating senior listed me as the professor who has had the greatest impact on his/her academic and personal development, or so says the letter that I just received from the VP for student affairs. See? For all of my bitching, I really am a good teacher! (And it's nice to have that confirmed, because sometimes I wonder whether I get through to them, or whether they just think I'm a crazy bitch.)
Research: When in doubt, always submit that conference proposal a few days late. Of course they'll still accept it! Yay! (This whole, "spend a month in Europe" thing may just happen! Hurrah!)
Also, something I started thinking about after reading comments to Bitch Ph.D.'s and my posts about writing. I noticed a fair number of responses that said that they tend to do all major writing work during breaks from teaching. You know, I think that I imagined that such would be the case for me when I was offered this job, but now I realize that I kind of need the summer to recuperate from the academic year and that I'd rather do research throughout the year than to put it off until the breaks. I realize that isn't the best option for everybody, but I suppose I feel like it's worth saying that not only is it possible to have a research agenda while teaching a 4/4 but also I think the only way for me to have a research agenda is to do the two simultaneously. Now, we should note that I've not got kids or family obligations of any kind (unless we count fulfilling every whimsical desire of the Man-Kitty), so perhaps this will not be the case should I ever acquire those. But I don't know. I suppose the way that this works for me is that I have to find a way for my research and teaching to connect in order to do things the way that I am doing them, and this means that my teaching IS scholarly work and my scholarly work IS teaching work, too. In other words, I think I'm good at finding the links between the two and exploiting them, which I couldn't do if I relegated research to my "off time."
Also, I think it's important that I say that I do not view research as some sort of vacation from the grind of my job. Research for me, while immensely satisfying, is its own grind. It, as much as teaching is, is work, albeit a different kind of work. And so I think it's important that I recognize it as such and thus allow myself to take a break from it, too. I don't know. I suppose that I think it can be dangerous to fill all "off time" up with research work. There has got to be time for lying on beaches and drinking whiskey, too, you know?
On that note, I think that I will go and make some book order requests using the incredibly cumbersome library online form that makes me want to die.
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