My friend has landed a (TT, I think) professorship position for the fall, and her birthday will be here soon. I’d love to get her a gift that somehow gives a nod to her new job (which she is understandably excited about), or will at least, be helpful.She’s already purchased [NAME OF SCHOOL] clothing for herself, and I hesitate to purchase any more school paraphernalia, since I don’t know what she already has. I’m also not sure if she is going to be doing mostly teaching or mostly research, or a roughly equal amount of both (if it makes a difference).Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
Hm… let us think… what are things we have found useful…
A clock. Boice’s Advice for New Faculty Members. Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion. A french press and ground coffee (or beans an electric grinder). Chocolate. Hand towels.
My MIL has a lot of precious memories stuff specific to the discipline she teaches. You probably don’t want to go down that route. However, depending on her discipline, discipline-specific earrings or funky t-shirts etc. would not be a terrible idea.
#2 notes Ferule and Fescue’s recent post about unexpected expenses and delays in payment and suggests money. #1 thinks that money’s probably not a good idea because it’s a friend and not a relative, but maybe a gift certificate instead of money. But a gift card to where? Someplace to buy work clothing? Places in town to get take-out? #2 suggests for a maid service or for massage. (But only if your friend likes such things.)