Time Savers: Scholarship

  • Write what you know

    Teaching a new course in Egyptology, based on your recent trip to Egypt? Write a paper about hieroglyphics for the Journal of Egyptology. Write an article for the alumnae magazine about your trip. Present a paper about your teaching experience at a conference. Write a teacher's guide to accompany your new textbook. Turn your inventive syllabus into a book outline.

  • Interact with your associations

    Renew your memberships in your field. Don't just pay your dues -- get something out of them. Join a new group. Sign up for their listserv. Read their newsletters/journals and get actively involved in current discussions in your field. Network to socialize your passion.

  • Return to the library regularly

    Set aside sacred time to think and keep up with current issues in your field. Surround yourself with the sanctuary of books and yearn to join the silent conversation they're having on the shelves.

  • Keep a journal

    Being in conversation with yourself will record and stimulate ideas your wouldn't otherwise be able to have (or remember).

  • Write daily

    If you dive into the water, you swim. Write daily and you'll get things done. I try to routinely work on a writing project of some kind for two hours every morning before I come to campus.

  • Keep a notepad or voce recorder handy

    Capture ideas like butterflies

  • Plan it

    Put writing sessions in your daily planner. You'll commit to it.

  • Invite deadline pressure

    Submit abstracts to conferences which commit you to finishing a writing project by a deadline.

  • Actively research calls for papers

    This may spark a paper topic or alert you to a publisher's need that you can easily meet.

  • Subscribe to journals or trade magazines

    These will keep you current, but also remind you that your scholarship is part of a national conversation.

  • Share with colleagues and students

    Help celebrate your accomplishments - and get feedback on works-in-progress.

  • Synthesize scholarship with teaching

    Run courses in your research area. Build research into course material or get student assistance/feedback on research tasks.

  • Synthesize scholarship with service

    Write for the community; publicize your findings through forums or performances; share your research with colleague's class.

  • Apply for grants or funding

    This may result in paid time releases or travel residencies.

  • Collaborate

    Share the burden of scholarship with a colleague to lighten both your loads.

  • Consult with colleagues

    Get editorial feedback from colleagues in your discipline. Offer to buy them lunch or to swap articles.

  • Participate in a reading group

    Create a scholarly book club or research sharing group or join a reading group at the community library/bookstore.

  • Get broadband at home

    If you write a lot at home, get online access that is equal to the campus'. It'll save you research time and you can get a jump on the e-mail.

Mike Arnzen, "Faculty Time Management: Secrets of Sanity," Teaching/Learning Forum