The most surprising thing about being an academic has been how much of the job is evaluating other people’s work. This week’s work has involved

  • grading for an undergraduate class,
  • reading two minor field exams for graduate students,
  • editing/reviewing nine essays for one of our publications,
  • peer reviewing a journal article,
  • evaluating 50+ proposals for a special issue of a journal, and
  • writing a book review.

An unusual week, to be sure, but I imagine that evaluating other people’s work only takes up more time the longer one stays in the business.

That sounds like a complaint, but the redeeming feature is helping other people get their work out into the world.

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