I entered the academy having inherited a particular view of higher education from my mentors. They informed me about what I would face if I were lucky enough to land a teaching position. Not surprisingly, what they shared with me was an accurate foretelling of what I have experienced, including the exhausting Retention, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT) process, with its focus on research, teaching, and service – and ranked in that order!
It was after a quarter century of being a professor that I was fortunate enough to stumble upon The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, a book that expresses much of what I have found wanting in academic life.
Rory J. Conces (2018) «Review of The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy», Högre utbildning, 8(2), 47–50. http://dx.doi.org/10.23865/hu.v8.1293