many of my academia colleagues seem to dislike teaching. personally I much prefer teaching than the pressure to publish just because, the fetishization of ‘original research’. I'd be a happy girl teaching daily and publishing at will.

I think it does better for the world, too. if we put more energy into good teaching and less into article quantity we'd have more article quality.

@melissaboiko I agree. My advisor said it simply - you publish something in a top tier journal, maybe ten people will actually read it a hundred could cite it.
But when you teach a group of 100 kids three times a week, he gets letters and emails decades later about how much he changed their life.
Of course teaching isn't perfect, but if we're thinking about the impactful things we do - that is the one that either lights people up or can shut them down.

@melissaboiko My advisor and I talked about pedagogy before I started teaching.
He said - don't lecture if you don't want to. If you're better at getting people to talk, do a discussion class. I'm good at lecturing so I lecture.

I think people try to be A Professor and can ruin the experience of teaching


@melissaboiko I got an email from a student about Frantz Fanon changing the way they thought about riots and protesting during the George Flloyd protests.
That means so much more to me than any publication.

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