What did you do differently after tenure to make your job better/more fun and renew yourself for the next several years, in terms of research, teaching, and/or service? Asking for a friend. :)
#1: Here’s some links we collected back in 2011 back when we were … asking for a friend. Here’s some of the stuff we thought we wanted and should revisit to see if they happened. Here’s a post on what motivates us after tenure.
Really though, I have just been too busy doing stuff to think about better/fun/renewing.
Hm, now I’m curious about that list (answering for both of us)…
- an entirely new kitchen NOT YET
- a raise EVENTUALLY
- developing an online course PARTNER MOVED INSTEAD
- a vacation that doesn’t correspond with a conference WE TRIED THIS YEAR, IT KIND OF SUCKED
- a top tier journal publication NOT YET :(
- lower tier journal publications that are just fun even if not actually important from a theoretical or practical standpoint YEAH, BUT NOT ACTUALLY AS FUN AS HOPED–HOWEVER TOP FIELD STUFF CAN BE FUN!
- a raise SORT OF
- a sabbatical YES! OR LEAVE ANYWAY.
- another cat YEP
- a house NOPE, MOVED INSTEAD
- boots YES AND THEY WERE AWESOME
- freedom to tell students to step off NOPE
- fair grading HAHAHA TOO MUCH EFFORT THEN I QUIT
- more time with partner YES!
- publishing fiction? at least writing more of it NOT YET
- hair dyed a cool color THIS HAPPENED IMMEDIATELY
- a different research culture AFTER QUITTING….
- a wider driveway NO, SEEMS LIKE THERE’S PIPES OR SOMETHING
- a raise MEH STILL UNDERPAID
- the ability to wear something other than suits to teach in YES, THOUGH I HAD TO GET OLD FIRST
- figure out whether to do laser or electrolysis and do it I STARTED LASER AND DIDN’T FINISH
#2: I quit!
Our academic readers should stop by and give better answers. I’ll try to signal boost at other places to see if more folks can stop by.