Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Academic lives

Chad Thornton says: One of the challenges of being a grad student is that professors are overwhelmed with a teaching schedule, research agenda, papers and grants to write, students to advise, and more. Advancing your own career appears to be more important in academia than business (at least with the designers and researchers I've met), and while collaboration occurs, there seems to be a stronger focus on self-advancement. As willing as professors may be work with you, they often simply don't have the time unless your work is important to their work.

Hmm. That's been my experience as well, but unlike Chad, I'm going to come right out and say how disappointing I find it. Then again, I'm in for teaching, or as I prefer, the facilitation of learning.

Alex Halavais says: Though I have had a number of different jobs, some of them more interesting than others, when people ask what I do, I feel comfortable answering that I am a teacher ... I know of no other way of changing the world so profoundly.

I also greatly admire his learning philosophy and willingness to post student comments, "the good, the bad, and the ugly".


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