The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 10th, 2015
Who wouldn’t like more salary and higher
status? Understandably, then, it is tempting for academics to bid for
promotion as soon as the opportunity seems to arise. Associate
professors who have been at that rank for a few years are often eager to
become full members of the academic guild. How nice it would be to
reach the top of the career ladder soon.
The problem is that human beings tend to overestimate their
capabilities and accomplishments. That’s why large majorities of survey
respondents rate themselves as above-average drivers, spouses, and
parents. Academics are not exempt from that tendency: We often have
exaggerated views of our own qualities and contributions.