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.
12:15-1:45 a.m. E-mail.
1:45-3:05 a.m. Class preparation work. I have a student coming in to take a retest of exam 2. So, I need to create a new test for him.
11:00 am.-12:30 p.m. E-mail. There are some very interesting developments. Look for my new essay, “Holy Grail is Unholy,” coming later tonight.
1:30-3:00 p.m. Miscellaneous activities on campus.
3:00-3:30 p.m. E-mail. Friend Ed Scribner (NMSU) sent out an AECM e-mail drawing attention to a New York Times article on “Accounting Avoidance.” I replied with the quip that accounting avoidance takes place anytime an accounting student is assigned HW. Ed is the funniest guy I know, and it is rare that he leaves anyone an opening for the punch-line.
3:30-5:00 p.m. Work on new essay, “Holy Grail is Unholy.”
5:00-8:00 p.m. Stupid computer broke down, am helpless. Talking with Dell tech support, a very frustrating experience because Dell phone systems dropped my call 4 times requiring my reentering queue each time. Machine is working a bit, now, but will require yet another on-site tech visit. Eventually this Dell Studio 1737 will be a really fine machine.
Like many professors, I use my own computer for almost all of my work. I carry it around with me every place. It is on 15 hours per day. I simply cannot function without it. I don’t use my office machine because it does not have the combination of software that I have grown accustomed to using. So, everything I use is purchased from personal funds.
9:30-10:00 p.m. E-mail.
10:00-11:59 p.m. Class preparation. Am writing new homework (HW) problems for inventory. I am much more big picture oriented in Intermediate Accounting. Since no textbook has HW reflecting my new emphasis, I must write my own HW problems. I wrote 61 this semester, along with solutions. This was a major investment of time. Students probably don’t realize how valuable this is.
Day really isn’t done, am going to be burning the midnight oil.
I am not satisfied with what I accomplished today. I didn’t get my new essay even 50% complete, a real shame given that important IFRS developments are occurring daily and I want to have an impact.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht