February 15, 2005

The Passionate Professor

My newsletter is coming out on Thursday with an article on how NOT to get tenure. I thought I'd mention a couple of thoughts on the professoriate.

In order to be a successful professor, you should have a passion for your subject and a gift for giving selflessly to others. The professoriate is a way of life; you are contributing to the greater good of society with your research, teaching and outreach to the community.

The first couple of years of being an assistant professor are so harried that it's hard to remember this viewpoint.

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