Soon we will be writing, and then reading, many letters of recommendation – for jobs, graduate school, and faculty positions. If you’ve attended a STRIDE Faculty Recruitment Workshop, you know that bias can creep into those letters. As a quick refresher, or if you are new to thinking about this, check out these resources:
About writing letters and avoiding bias:
You can even try out a gender bias calculator on your letters:
Here too are examples of the analyses that can be done on letters to better understand how bias creeps in, to keep in mind when you are the letter-reader:
- Trix and Psenka. Discourse & Society 14: 191-220 (2003).
- Dutt., et al. Nature Geoscience 9: 805-809 (2016).
You do not need to work 80 hours a week to succeed in academia
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by Meghan Duffy, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
There is a persistent myth (some might even call it a zombie idea) that getting tenure in academia requires working 80 hours a week. There's even a joke along the lines of "The great thing about academia is the flexibility. You can work whatever 80 hours a week you want!" The idea that you need to work 80 hours a week in order to publish or get grants or tenure is simply wrong...