Very true, although I didn’t have to get to death’s door to see it.
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.
Definitions of success in academia need to be as varied as the hypotheses we pose. To some, being in a tenure-track or tenured is success.
— Dr Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco) April 17, 2014
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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