What I Tell My Students: #AARSBL15 Mentoring Luncheon

What I Tell My Students: #AARSBL15 Mentoring Luncheon November 23, 2015

The SBL student advisory board put together a wonderful luncheon with great speakers who gave great advice. The funniest was when one speaker, who had become a dean, shared what a colleague told him: now that you are a dean, in two years you will stop writing; in four years you will stop reading; and in six years you will stop thinking. The rest of the session had faculty like myself sitting at a table with students and talking informally. We ranged across topics like pedagogy, religiously-affiliated vs. secular institutions, and work/life balance. It was a really worthwhile event, and I am disappointed to say that a number of students registered but did not show up, leading to wasted food and not just missed opportunity to learn, reflect, and discuss.

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  • arcseconds

    You presumably have heard the story about academics being like barnacles or tunicates, right?

    They start off life free-swimming and endowed with a capable brain, but eventually they adopt a benthic existence by settling on a rock/getting tenure, build themselves a little house, and as their brain is now surplus to requirements, they eat it!

    • I don’t remember ever hearing that!

      • arcseconds

        Perhaps you haven’t hung around general staff and cynical postdocs enough 🙂