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Post by Rachel August on Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:25 pm

School started this week - Tuesday was our first day and it’s really good to be back into the swing of things. The library is packed with students already busy with classes and catching up with each other – we have a new college president who “tweets” and who just yesterday invited the entire student body to his on-campus residence last night for cookies and lemonade (it’s a small school)

And the provost stopped by today to see how I was doing….. it went something like this:

“Hi Rachel – good to see you, how are you feeling? Everything okay? You’re still healthy right? No problems?”

“Hi Provost Ray – it’s great to be back, thanks for asking. I’m doing well – looking forward to another semester. Signed up to run in the 10 mile GR Bridge Run – feel great, thanks. How are you?”

“That’s great Rachel – good to hear, I’m fine too.”

He’s a nice guy – all the people who work here are nice - and it is really great to be here…. but I can’t for the life of me remember if the provost ever asked me if I was “healthy” pre-OHS – and I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean anything like: “Oh, I sure hope that librarian with the heart condition doesn’t croak on me” but that’s what’s on my mind…..

BTW – (and really do LOVE my job) – Next week is my first week in the classroom (teaching research methods - no grading involved) and I’ve got to work eleven hours straight on Labor day Twisted Evil – yup 10:00am-9:00pm – So I’m thinking about going for that doctorate – the professors here don’t seem to have to do stuff like that – still long hours but not needing to be here when not teaching sounds good to me - I wouldn't even mind grading - I could do that from home too  Very Happy (any thoughts about that Russ)????

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Post by Sumorunner on Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:57 am

My daughter started this week as a History Prof. at Binghamton U., a large state school. Her lecture has 110 students. She has 2 TAs, but it's so big that she will never get to know any of the students the way she did as a TA herself.

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Post by Marc Thayer on Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:34 am

As long as it improves your real career...that would be as a runner....then of course. 'Fudd' has such a nice cache to the end of any name.

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Post by Rachel August on Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:19 pm

Sumorunner wrote:My daughter started this week as a History Prof. at Binghamton U., a large state school. Her lecture has 110 students. She has 2 TAs, but it's so big that she will never get to know any of the students the way she did as a TA herself.
That's pretty cool and a huge accomplishment - I think she's got a very bright future!


Marc Thayer wrote:As long as it improves your real career...that would be as a runner....then of course.  'Fudd' has such a nice cache to the end of any name.
Yes, finding more time to run - more time to myself - this is my thinking....I do know how hard the professors work but I also know (at least where I work) that they have tons of freedom - my job is fairly flexible - but their jobs....well let's just say I know that a lot of them don't physically come into work everyday like I have to - a lot work from home when they can - the Internet makes that real easy to do. Then of course there's the summer's off thing.....
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Post by russwyd on Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:53 am

Great news good luck with it all Rachel.

I'm officially starting my new job role today - I'm now a Reader in Graphic Design, rather than a Principal Lecturer (which would be something like Senior Prof in the US?).

This will give me even more 'freedom' hopefully - I can largely plan my own timetable and my teaching hours are heavily reduced to largely PhD supervision and some bigger keynote lectures - and I can work a lot from home (yes the internet is a great help there too).

This does bring its own pressures - I have much higher targets to reach in publishing and disseminating my research, and it can be hard to balance home demands with work deadlines - or to actually stop working on some days since there is no clock to watch and no colleagues to meet or follow to the lunch queue etc. But generally it seems like a great opportunity. It'll also save me from the 5 hour round trip daily commute I've been doing for the past 15 years Very Happy :

I know what you mean about the profs/lecturers and flexible time, though - some of my colleagues do seem to get a LOT of time away from the workplace, and they aren't called to account for their research either...

Best of luck and keep us posted!

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Post by Rachel August on Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:19 am

Russ,

Thanks for responding!

Best of luck in your new role!!! I think it’s always exciting to start at something new and different.

You’ve worked so hard to get where you are – you deserve to get rid of that commute at least!

I can relate to the part about it being hard to stop working – I was granted a sabbatical for a semester (which just happened to fall 6 months after my OHS) – and it was great being on my own schedule…. but wow did I work!!! When I was deep in my research without distractions or cues from others, the days really just flew by! I liked it, although I did have to provide report after report to many different people to account for my activities - and coming back to a schedule was super hard – it was still all worth it.

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Post by russwyd on Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:37 am

What is your subject specialism by the way? I teach research methods but focussed on design/graphic communication.
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Post by Rachel August on Mon Sep 02, 2013 11:55 am

I’m fortunate that our school has excellent faculty – librarian relationships and as librarians we’re considered faculty (it’s a small school). I don’t teach my own class but I do collaborate with faculty primarily in the disciplines of Psychology, Social Work, Business, and English and teach research methods in their classes. Those are my subject specializations – before I became a librarian, I worked in human resources in the auto industry for a number of years and after that I earned my masters in clinical psychology and was a counselor for a couple years. That background is what I draw on when I work with my departments. If I do go back for the doctorate it will probably be in psychology.

My own research during my sabbatical was library-related.

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Post by kodi30 on Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:03 pm

Wow, we not only have a tremendous number of excellent cardiacs here but a heck of a lot of brain-power.. Wonder if there is a connection.
I'm impressed. Like Sumo...I spent my career as a software engineer dating back and starting in 1964....ancient times in the computer world.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:52 pm

kodi30 wrote:Wow, we not only have a tremendous number of excellent cardiacs here but a heck of a lot of brain-power..  
Impressive brain power all around... Go for that Doctorate Rachel! More money AND more time off are great reasons!

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Post by Gary E on Mon Sep 02, 2013 9:38 pm

Personally, I think Rachel's focus should be on psychology...because this group would provide her plenty of cases to try and decipher.
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Post by twal on Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:21 am

Russ, I think you'll like the freedom of working from a home office. It's great in that you can control which times you want to run. I've been doing this in engineering software (yes, another Ph.D. guy) for the past 13 years and I love it.

You sound like a workaholic like me. Your productivity should increase now that you have cut down your commute. As I tell people, I have a great deal of freedom; I can work any 80 hours a week that I want.

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Post by Rachel August on Tue Sep 03, 2013 1:46 pm

There is a ton of brain power in this group! Although, you know - I might be more in the “crazy” category for even thinking about doing this at such a late stage in my working career.

My heart has been pulling me to do something different for a while now – we’ll see if it even happens – should be interesting!

Gary – you know what they say about people who become psychologists – (it’s an old joke) they enter the field to study themselves! So I think I have plenty of material already! lol! 

You guys are the best!!!

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