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Confessions of an Unwilling (Academic) Manager

21 May 2014, 16:10 UTC
Confessions of an Unwilling (Academic) Manager
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This semi-rant goes out to academics PIs. I’m soft money faculty. This means my salary comes mostly from grants, sometimes from random writing/performing gigs, and then my university pays a small percent that gets used to cover the time I spend fundraising/writing grants and being on university committees. When I write grants, I’m competing with […]

This semi-rant goes out to academics PIs.
I’m soft money faculty. This means my salary comes mostly from grants, sometimes from random writing/performing gigs, and then my university pays a small percent that gets used to cover the time I spend fundraising/writing grants and being on university committees.
When I write grants, I’m competing with teaching faculty who nominally have 9 months/year of their salary paid for by their universities. This creates a culture where I’ve sat on grant review committees and heard, “This person is asking for 20% time just to manage the grant – it’s just a couple students and a postdoc – that seems very excessive”. I’ve heard that kind of comment enough that I budget only 10% of my time as management *at most*. In a normal academic setting that works – in grad school I’d sometimes go a couple ...

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