It was one of those gloomy days when even a cup of coffee had no warming effect. Edward and Gretchen were chatting in one of the collegeâ€™s cafÃ©s. Fitting the melancholy tone of the day, Gretchen was morose about Edwardâ€™s impending retirement and move to a warmer climate. He had been a mentor to her â€“ guiding her through the various minefields of being a new faculty member. Now she was tenured and becoming the mentor to a bunch of new faces in the department.
After a long silence, Gretchen asked, â€œAny regrets?â€
Edward took a sip from his cup, looked up, and said, â€œYou know, Iâ€™ve had my gripesâ€“we get paid too little, and we are disrespected by the media. Besides, nobody reads what we publish. There are too many students; there are too many committees; there are too many people with MBAs trying to tell faculty what to do. But regrets? No, I have no regrets. I feel blessed that for 35 years Iâ€™ve been able to wake up each morning and want to get to work.â€ [Read more…] about What I Wish I’d Known about Faculty Life: Any Regrets?