Life as an associate professor

This semester I decided to try to hold Thursdays and Fridays sacred and let them be writing days. Today was the first Thursday of the semester and here is what I did:

  • Provided feedback on Master’s capstone projects
  • Provided feedback on a PhD candidate’s job talk
  • Provided feedback to a student applying to the PhD program on their materials
  • Reviewed 3 PhD applications
  • Responded to half a dozen email queries from undergraduate students
  • Arranged to give a talk on campus
  • Completed training for online teaching
  • Wrote two reference letters
  • Reviewed and discussed course scheduling for the fall

I did not do ANY of my own writing, and my inbox is still full. I feel like I could scream and I don’t know how I’m supposed to do all the things. This weekend’s mission: Search for new time-management strategies. Brutal ones.


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