Saturday, May 7, 2011
An Academic Problem
The Chronicle of Higher Education has some great columns week by the collective known as ProfHacker. I already posted about the review of one book, and this post has a list of books new profs should read. What I find ironic is that while these books might be really, really useful, such a list ignores the reality that new profs have very little time to read books that are not related to their research agenda or that one is using to teach a course. New profs, that is former grad students, have no clue about how to handle the chore of multi-tasking. Sure, the books might help in teaching someone how to multi-task, but it is very hard to focus on the long-term benefits of reading such books when one is focused on the short-term effort not to drown. Anyhow, I thought I wold note this irony while still promoting this list of books of that I have not read.