Summer update

(I was away so long this time that I forgot my password…)

Yes, it’s that time of year to feel bad about not getting enough accomplished as time inexorably rushes towards the start of another academic year. This time, I really haven’t accomplished much over the summer. I’ve managed to help out a colleague on a project for which I’ll get no credit (not his fault; he probably won’t get much credit either). It may provide some nice student opportunities, if anyone cares. Continue reading


Not screwed up enough to get this paper revised

Nearly a month ago, I wrote the following:

Research-wise, I’m struggling to find the time and energy to revise the rare first-author paper I have in the journal queue.  There won’t be any problem satisfying the reviewer and getting the paper accepted – once I have some blocks of time to get the damn work done.  This paper needs to be in press relatively soon due to a grant-related deadline.

Continue reading

What a load

This is an idea I’ve been kicking around for a while.  It’s easy to say things like “I teach 3 courses” or whatever, but there is a wide range in effort depending on the level of the course, whether it is a new prep, whether it is lower- or upper-division, how many students, etc.  If everything breaks the right way, a “2 course” load can be worse than a “4 course” load.  For example, if the former involves new upper-division preps with lots of students and the latter involves two sections each of two intro courses you’ve taught before. Continue reading

Happy New Year…not

One of the odd things about academia is that January doesn’t really signify a “new year”.  It’s really the halfway point, and for the handful of schools who are on a trimester system and don’t start their second term until January, it’s only the one-third point.  College courses generally don’t stretch directly across semesters/terms, even if a course is part of a multi-term sequence.  At most schools, the winter break is “only” a few weeks, not really long enough to be a major break in activity. Continue reading