The Most Tedious Bit About Being New Faculty?

Right now, it's got to be writing bios of myself. Honestly, we're like a third of the way through the first term, and I just had to write another one. It's been a bio a week for this or that publication. Sum yourself up in two sentences. Now expand that two 500 words. Can you write a 500 word, two sentence bio? Which Ring of Hell is this, Dante? What did I do to get here?

But notice how positive I'm being, after being told that the one piece of equipment I need for the one course I'm teaching didn't actually make the purchase list last summer. But no problem, right? It's only central to the last eight weeks of the course. That should be easy to adjust, right?

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layoder said...

Ahaha... aww... things I have to look forward to once I actually get my PhD and get a job.

I still think you're better off than a grad student (especially in terms of the equipment list thing!).
:)

Hang in there!

October 1, 2009 at 6:24 PM
Dr. Curmudgeon said...

Oh, to be sure, I'm better off than the average graduate student. And this is from someone who views his grad school experience like a Norman Rockwell painting.

I'm thinking about attempting fake bios in a variety of forms though as a series. We'll see if office hours get that boring.

October 1, 2009 at 10:16 PM