Et voilà, now we know. Once again, that is what I would have said, at eleven, seventeen, twenty-four, thirty-one, until I met professors.
Namely, assistant professors who had been protégés of famous people at famous schools, and had jobs for this reason. Also, associate and full professors who had attained these ranks by pleasing the right administrators, and who were now judging one on how well one did this oneself.
According to them, scholarship was done at Christmas and during the summer, and it was very, very difficult. It was important to have some done for when the accreditation agencies appeared and for our ratings, but you should not be caught doing it as people might think you thought you were a better scholar than they.
Thank you Clarissa for pointing us to that post, and this one.
It is 65 degrees Fahrenheit in New Orleans this morning, 58 in San Francisco.