TWILAP, Two Weeks in the Life of an Accounting Professor. Most people think I only work a few hours per week, just the time spent in the classroom. They aren’t aware of all the behind the scenes activity. In this series, I’ll journalize on what it’s like to be a professor.
It’s a very big day today. The following must get done today:
- Finish grading
- Send off proposal for on-line teaching/learning conference
- Send off proposal for summer convention for accounting professors
- Prepare for interview
- Be interviewed
- Listen to BGSU women’s basketball via Internet. What can I say, am still a fan.
- Decide what to do next: learner-centered paper or IFRS paper.
- Work on writing a research proposal for above (more on this later)
- Respond to Edith Orenstein’s fine essay on why accounting matters over at FEI blog.
12:00-12:15 a.m. 5 to go. Will I last? No, am tired and going home.
12:15-12:40 A.M. In transit back home. I must get some sleep.
11:00-12:59 a.m. E’mail.
1:30-2:00 p.m. In transit.
2:00-3:00 p.m. Various interactions with staff and faculty at school. One professor is helping design a new curriculum for the School of Business and his views about the importance of financial accounting differ quite a bit from mine. He doesn’t teach financial accounting, but I do. Differences of opinion are to be expected. It just occurred to me, Edith Orenstein has a fine essay Why Accounting Matters over at the FEI blog.
4:00-5:30 p.m. E-mail.
5:30-6:00 p.m. Sent proposals off to two conference. The proposals deal with conducting a continuing education workshop on advanced teaching. As I’m about to write several essays on advanced instruction for accounting courses, I’ll defer a description until later.
7:00-9:30 p.m. Interview and preparation for it. With students of Professor Mark Holtzblatt of Roosevelt University (Chicago/Schaumburg, IL) and their class project. I think the interview went well. I must admit, though, to having anxiety about being recorded. Does that seem strange that I’d be worried about the taping? After all, my job is all about making presentations to people (i.e., teaching classes). I was worried because a camera seems so unforgiving. When I write blog essays I can edit until happy with the final product. A taped interview is one and done. I think the interview went well.
9:30-9:55 p.m. Return home.
9:55-10:55 p.m. E-mail.
10:55-11:59 p.m. Grading. Almost done. I’ve sometimes been asked why I assign papers and projects when it takes me so long to grade them and I get so stressed over it. It is because students learn so much better when they write and when they do.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht