Dr. Dirk Johnson, Professor of Sociology at a regional university in the Midwest of the United States, reports that he’s really struggling to come up with new and innovative ways to flatter reviewers in his author’s note. “I mean, let’s face it. Reviewers only care about one thing: leveraging power in the peer review process.Continue reading “Professor Struggles to Find New Ways to Flatter Reviewers”
The Nobel Prizes were announced last week. Winning one is widely thought to be the “end all, be all” of academic achievement. Nothing is more impressive than a Nobel. I have no chance of winning a Nobel prize because, alas, they don’t offer one in the field of management. But I still hold out hopeContinue reading “Should the Nobel Prize Have Gender or Ethnicity Quotas?”
Work meetings are universally loathed, but none more so than the dreaded faculty meeting. When I was a PhD student at Cambridge, I heard rumors that the markings on the walls were from repair work following the odd angry fist that that broke through the plaster during a heating meeting. I very much doubt thatContinue reading “Why We Hate Meetings and How to Make Them Better”
Something wild and out-of-control has taken place in the Timming household. I never imagined it was possible, but here I am. Against every fiber of my being, we caved in and bought a Nintendo Switch Lite, a handheld console for playing next generation video games. I say this is “wild and out-of-control” because I’ve notContinue reading “The Key to Productivity: No TV, No Video Games at Home”
Inter-disciplinary research is all the rage these days. Investigating a research problem through the lens of a single discipline is simply not enough to get a full understanding of “what’s going on,” or so we are told. Funding bodies want to see cross-disciplinary collaborations to solve complex problems before committing cash to a project. JournalsContinue reading “Why Inter-Disciplinary Research is Cursed”
To anyone who’s ever been rejected, ignored, or excluded by someone more “popular” than you are, this article’s for you. I am not an important man, although importance is a relative concept. I’ve written books and published articles. My research has been reported in international media outlets like The Economist, the Financial Times, and BBCContinue reading “Coping with Social Rejection”
Academia is entering uncharted territory, and many of us will find ourselves wholly unprepared for it. Working in a university is not like it used to be, and I doubt it will ever be the same again. Fifty years ago, virtually all professors were either tenure-track or tenured. This was the “golden age” of academia.Continue reading “Should All Academics Have a “Side Hustle?””
Here is my premise: the harder it is to get accepted into a university, the less value it will add to your life. Another way of stating this premise is: the easier it is to get accepted into a university, the more value it will add to your life. This may sound counterintuitive, but bearContinue reading “Elite Universities Add Little to No Value to Students’ Lives”
I am distressed by the images coming out of Afghanistan. One could, of course, make the argument that the U.S. military and its allies never should have gone into the country in the first place (a position with which I sympathize), but once in, that triggered a solemn obligation to the people of Afghanistan toContinue reading “Imagine Being a Professor or Student at the American University of Afghanistan”
A new series has recently dropped on Netflix: The Chair. It chronicles the trials and tribulations of a Korean-American female professor as she assumes leadership of the Department of English at “Pembroke College,” a small, teaching-focused liberal arts school in rural America. It’s about time a university was featured as a setting in a televisionContinue reading “Netflix’s “The Chair”: Is the Show Any Good?”
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