The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 26th, 2015
Over the course of my career, I’ve given
and received a lot of advice. Much of it was wrong. Sometimes it lacked
the perspective that comes with age and experience. So now, as an
official "oldster" at 65 (proof: thanks to my age, I just got $25 off
upon joining a botanical society), I offer the following advice, from
someone who has thought and written about academic careers for 40 years.
Put your family first. Academics often have trouble
doing that. I know I did. Starting out in academe at age 25, I had so
many career issues to worry about — getting hired, getting publications,
getting grants, getting promoted, getting tenured, getting promoted
again, getting (I hoped) awards. The crucial word there is "getting."