Redefining “Success”: On Self-Care, Balance, and Overwork in Academia

Very true, although I didn’t have to get to death’s door to see it.

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Author: Raul Pacheco-Vega
Originals: RaulPacheco.org  [ 1 | 2 ]


By some people’s standards I could consider myself a very successful academic. I have a job I love at a prestigious, internationally-recognized institution, I have a low teaching load, have successfully raised extramural grant money to execute projects, I have brilliant students, both undergraduate and graduate. I absolutely love my research and have fantastic collaborators worldwide and wonderful colleagues at my institution’s campuses.

Yet, I can’t help but remind myself that definitions of success vary. I’m not a fan of “publish-or-perish”, and sometimes I defy the old canon by refusing to engage in it. Yet other times, I just can’t stop myself from writing about a…

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