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Weird thing

There are people who got too good at academia, and now their job is mostly to manage a sports brand

✅ You got your PhD hooray!
✅ You got a postdoc hooray!
✅ You got a professorship hooray!
✅ You got tenure hooray!
✅ You were promoted to department chair hooray!
✅ You were promoted to dean of your faculty hooray!
✅ You were promoted to chancellor oh no now you spend your whole day talking and writing about your university's football team in order to bring in alumni donations; you lost by winning

@bgcarlisle some people, i swear, they're such social climbers, so hyperfocused on goal achievement, that they can through all of that, somehow not learn anything, and do it just to write about sports and be rich.

@bgcarlisle I think it starts way earlier. Around the time you get a professorship your most important task becomes bringing in new money, then maybe teaching, and if you have some time, possibly research.

@bgcarlisle I'm not sure I'd count HoD or dean as winning... more like, 'everyone else had better excuses to get out of doing this'.

@mplouffe Yeah, to be real, I've had a bunch of "you lost by winning" experiences all through my academic path so far

@bgcarlisle
NGL, it really weirds me out how US universities are so obsessed with their football teams. Like, isn't your institution supposed to be about learning stuff and not chasing a ball around a field while wearing spandex?

@bgcarlisle

there are two reasonable points at which to dwell:

bachelor degree

associate prof (with tenure)

masters or full prof are acceptable stretch goals

@bgcarlisle

Sounds like it's time to delegate that toto a secratary and get back to winning by suggesting impactful priorities!

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