The people around you may not be very good at making sure you don’t get asked to do to much teaching or administrative stuff. They may not be very good at providing mentorship to help you keep those other things in appropriate sized containers. They may even go so far as make you think that spending more time on teaching and administrative or service roles will be good for your career. While this may not be completely untrue, unless you finish your dissertation or complete the necessary research and publishing associated with your post-doctoral appointment, none of the rest of it will matter. You are, unfortunately, low in the hierarchy and yet required to be extra assertive about your academic freedom (and even the boundaries of your position).
I’m going to remix some of the Planning Your Semester and Planning Your Summer tracks to create a Planning class that might work better for you. Listen using the audio player, or Right/Ctrl click to download and save the file to an appropriate folder on your computer. I recommend creating a folder with a name that makes sense to you, and even possibly renaming the files as you save them. I’ve added a PDF file with the list in order to make it easier to reuse the recordings in future.
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