In this post and thread you can see that I am considering starting a consciousness raising and support group for the purposes indicated in the thread or namely, for remembering who one is, being who one is, and maintaining one’s research identity in harsh climates. This would, of course, fit with the project of writing a counter-intuitive academic advice book — one which would not simply repeat the old pontifications.
(My favorite of the old pontifications, by the way, is this one: You imagine your heretofore lifelong interest in research and fieldwork will last, but you are only 32. When you are 35 you will want to become a suburban matron. When you take an academic job you should do so with this massive change in personality, interests and priorities in mind.)*
In any case I may start that group, or simply be more conscious of the fact that this blog is that group. Meanwhile, I have joined this group. Since I am in a writing group, we will reiterate my Fall schedule, to which I will keep this week from Wednesday forward.
Monday: Research (morning), course preparation (afternoon), general reading and creative writing (evening).
Details: Morning: research is 2.5 hours, and the rest of the morning can go to service or time to do non work things I need to do.
Afternoon: course preparation is 2.5 hours, and the rest of the afternoon can go to service activities or to non work errands.
Evening: again, 2.5 hours. That leaves some time for whatever else may come up.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Research (morning), teaching/office hours/meetings (afternoon), general reading and creative writing (evening).
Details: Morning: research is 2.5 hours, which makes more teaching preparation possible in the later morning Tuesday and Thursday. For example, if I get up at 5:30, with commute and breakfast and so on there is still time for the research block and a whole other, similar block to prepare class or grade.
Afternoon: I have not built the gym into this schedule yet. I will have to do it, therefore, for these days, my most structured days: I will go at 3:30 PM.
Evening: I teach Tuesday nights and I have studio time Thursday night. Therefore, Wednesday night needs to be general reading and creative writing time.
Friday: Research or grading/correspondence (morning), house and garden work, errands, work out (afternoon), off (evening).
Saturday: Off or house and garden work, work out (daytime), research or creative writing (evening).
Sunday: Research and work out (daytime), off (evening).
*When people say that kind of thing, I do wonder whether they articulate this prediction in the letters of recommendation they write. Because male professors used to make it of women; now, it sometimes appears, they have grown egalitarian by saying it of everyone.*