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Friday, August 19, 2005

Eating an Elephant

I saw this quote atEating an Elephant, the blog of a History Grad student working through a dissertation. This is a pretty good view of what teaching is like.

"If a doctor, lawyer, or dentist had 40 (0r 400) people in his office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there or were causing trouble, and the doctor, lawyer, or dentist, without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months, then he/she might have some conception of the classroom teacher's job." Donald Quinn


At 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Careful with all that. Most docs I know see all manner of people in a day, most with different needs, nearly all not wanting to be there, and in many instances, causing trouble. You can also add in the joy of possible sudden death or medical emergency, legal exposure, and ensuring that all the bills get paid, all your bills go out, and all the associated paperwork gets done so you can open up and do the same thing again tomorrow. There is also the small matter of working through the summer as well.

I'm just say'n

Huggs and Kisses


At 9:45 PM, Blogger Not Scott said...

Shoot, we got legal exposure, we got death (though usually the student's grandmother).  Factor in the pay, and I'd say we're even. And hey, it ain't our fault you docs aren't smart enough to get a job where you only are on call 9 months a year.  Remind me again how much vacation time you get.

But I think we can all agree that lawyers suck.

Shouldn't you be sleeping out there on the eastern seaboard?

At 9:47 AM, Blogger academic coach said...

I too like "Eating an Elephant". Thanks for your sage advice in response to my search for advice to aspiring faculty. Great point about poor - and small - universities (though the two are not one and the same.)

Always glad to discover new blogging academics (but where'd you get these snarky annonymous commenters?)

At 9:53 AM, Blogger academic coach said...

anonymous commenters, that is.

Although I do think that physicians have a rough time under managed care and that academic physicians with clinical appointments have it REALLY tough -they're expected to do research, and write papers and grants, when they haven't been trained to do so -- and need to keep publishing even though they are exhausted from being on call. In my experience, medical departments are about the most difficult places possible to be a tenure track academic.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Not Scott said...

A Coach,

Most people on this slightly read blog know me in real life. The snarky ones are probably related to me.


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