I love academic life

There, I said it.

Koerner Library at UBC

Spending a Saturday morning at my UBC office reading academic journal articles, books and book chapters. Soaking again in the waters of full-fledged research. Conceptualizing new ideas and testing my thoughts. Writing conference papers and editing journal articles.

This is my idea of paradise, ladies and gentlemen.

I was born to an academic couple, and raised within an academic family. As my parents say, academia is the family business. And while none of my family members actually see academia as a business (we all know that we never will get rich being professors), we all (those of us who stayed in academia, my two brothers and my Mom and myself) absolutely adore what we do.

A few weeks ago, my good friend Arieanna Schweber asked me how my academic work was going. Arieanna has been a good friend of mine for a while, and she does know of my academic life and how I try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to balance it all with my social media life. When she mentioned this, I realized that I had done very little to promote my academic work.

That’s why I stopped to reflect on the future of my blog (thanks Arieanna for the gentle nudge, and Chris Parsons, Yule Heibel and Jo Van Every for good reflections on the topic as well).

While I have had a rather unorthodox academic life, and I may not be seen by some traditional, very orthodox academics as “the young, promising, up-and-coming” scholar, I have been able to stay on top of my field, and I continue to do rigorous research in areas that many scholars don’t even touch. Call me self-absorbed, but it’s true. I still contribute to my academic field. And I love doing it.

UBC Clock Tower

I now devote at the very least one full day (Friday) to research, and Mondays and Wednesdays are my academic days too (I teach those days). By spending 60% of my time on campus, I force myself to think only about my research (and teaching). I am devoting more than 60% of this long weekend to preparing a paper and submitting a few abstracts.

THAT, my friends, is what I call bliss…

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[...] Pacheco sticks to the school genre to let us know that he loves academic life. I graduated university five years ago, but I can certainly appreciate why he would love academia. [...]

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