Academic life: a balancing act

Today, I realized that the life of a researcher/professor is really a balancing act. A professor…

  • has a rich personal life;
  • gives great courses;
  • gets a lot of funding;
  • has many students;
  • publishes a lot papers each year;
  • consults on industrial/governmental projects;
  • manages something (departement, project, program).

It is no surprise that many professors end up being overworked. I think you simply cannot pull all these things at once. Maybe 2 or 3 from the list. You have to choose or life will choose for you.

Daniel Lemire, "Academic life: a balancing act," in Daniel Lemire's blog, September 19, 2004.

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Daniel Lemire

A computer science professor at the University of Quebec (TELUQ).

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