Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Question to readers re going to a Conference
Next Fall I have to present my papers to go up for tenure. While everything is under control as far as I can tell, of course I am anxious about it. A few days ago, somebody sent me an invitation to present a paper at a Conference in one of my very specific fields. The Conference is next Fall. At this point, unless I get something out of my dissertation that got left behind because it is not the direction my research went, I would have to start from zero to present something. Moreover, the Conference is not in a particularly attractive place (it is not exactly one of those places where you go more to visit the location than to attend a conference). On the other hand, going to the Conference might be a good opportunity to get in touch with people with similar research interest. However, because I am up for tenure next semester, I feel that if I accept I will be adding to myself some extra stress that I don't need. Do you think I am overreacting? Or should I decline the offer to focus only on my tenure file (going to the Conference would make no difference in my tenure case)? What do you think?