Thursday, March 08, 2012

What does our job as academics consist of?

At this time of the year, my university produces its annual magazine. For good or for worse, typically I cannot resist the temptation to put pen to paper and to contribute one or two pieces to that publication. This year has been no exception, and I ended up writing a piece, aimed at students and the general public, that tries to explain what our jobs consist of. The reason for offering this specific contribution to the university magazine is that I have been feeling for a while that our students do not know what we do. And if they do not, what are the chances that anyone else will?

The result is Unveiling the Ivory Tower: The academic's art of work, just in case it may be of interest to any of my readers. 


Anonymous said...

Really nice article, written concisely and creatively

Anonymous said...

Hi Luca,

Thank you for writing down so clearly why I both hate and love my job so much! I may use this piece to explain interested students, relatives and friends what the hell I spent my time on, since they indeed have no clue.

Michel Reniers

Xana said...

Hi Luca,

Beautiful text! I will link it, I think it is really revealing :-)

Best wishes,