In the three years since my final faculty promotion — and looking ahead to another 20 years in this position — I have established four criteria for the new responsibilities and projects I take on. I am still perfecting how I apply these criteria, but they have allowed me to anticipate my future work with excitement. Before taking on a task, I ask myself the following four questions.
Question No. 1: Is it fun?
That may sound glib, but like many other faculty members, I got into academe because I was entertained, excited, and deeply fascinated by what I was studying. Despite the poverty and powerlessness of graduate school, I could devote my life to this one thing because I loved it. It was, in short, fun to read, write, and do research in my area of study.
With promotion, I have gained the benefit of being able to choose anything at all to investigate. The world of knowledge is more open to me than it has been since I first set foot in graduate school. There’s no fear of someone telling me that a topic is not worthy of scholarly study, not sufficiently within my field, not important, not serious. I get to decide all of that now, and submit my work to the wider public for its response.
Question No. 2: Is it helping me to grow or develop in a new area?
Question No. 3: Is it connected to something I feel passionate about?
Question No. 4: Does it provide me with a sense of accomplishment?
А что вот сплошное "я, я, я" - нормально так? Про пол говорящей промолчу, ладно. Показной эгоизм? Слово glib значит что-то вроде "шустрый". Я училась в бедности и бессилии в аспирантуре, поэтому теперь я соглашаюсь делать только ту работу, которая меня развлекает. А как же их знаменитая протестантская мораль? А в колхоз или в армию не хотите?
Там в коммнетах обсуждают "What is a full professor full of?".