Book Review: ‘Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time’ by Filip Vostal

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2017 by steve

“Academics are reeling under authoritarian management, marketisation and audits. A rewarding occupation is situated in an institutional context that’s not so benign. Speed is a key pressure in a profession where deliberation and a measured pace are especially important. Filip Vostal asks questions about this scenario. His Accelerating Academia: The Changing Structure of Academic Time is an opportune intervention on a pressing issue, assessing the literature and making his own empirical contribution …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 27 August]


The In-Between Times

Posted in Life on December 10th, 2014 by steve

USA“The average day of a teacher-scholar without administrative responsibilities is largely unstructured. With the exceptions of teaching times, office hours, and a slate of irregular meetings, how and when a faculty member works is largely left up to the individual …” (more)

[Nate Kreuter, insidehighered, 10 December]

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Technology just makes us all busier

Posted in Life on November 7th, 2011 by steve

“There was great excitement the year I started lecturing in the philosophy department. Not, sadly, about me, but because we had obtained, for the first time, a usable computer in the department. It was placed in an attic room …” (more)

[Jonathan Wolff, Guardian, 7 November]

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Time is Our Most Precious Resource

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2011 by steve

“One of the things I have found most energising over the past weeks and months of discussion have been the conversations with colleagues about their research: how they approach research, their passion to discover new things, their willingness to communicate their research to others, their capacity to infuse their teaching with their own research; how their research connects with all of the other aspects of their work …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, 24 March]

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How long …

Posted in Life on May 29th, 2010 by steve

“How long your prof thinks it should take to do something vs How long it’ll actually take you to do it …” (more, graphic)

[Times Higher Education, 27 May]

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