Is academic identity institutionally driven? (Short answer: um, yes!)

I’m directing you to Dame Eleanor’s recent post on different attitudes towards/expectations of academia depending on one’s institution type because I could have written parts of it. Though Dame E and I have different personality types, RBU is very much like Dame E’s LRU — a strange mix of research-orientation and teaching-intensity.  And like Dame E, I’m often struck by the assumptions that come with institution type, particularly from those profs who’ve always been at one kind of institution, or whose jobs have always been at one type of institution.  Honestly, I find such assumptions an extreme failure of imagination, and get a little impatient with them. Dame E is much more patient than I, so go read her post and enter the discussion there!

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