Adjusting to Summer, Professor Style

Room with Chair and Desk

This is my first summer “off” as a professor. So far I’ve learned: it’s definitely not “off.” I’ve also learned it’s very difficult to respond briefly when someone asks, “So, what are you up to this summer?” I’m up to a great deal (I think — I mean, I’ve never done this before, so I have no real measure, but it feels like a lot), and it’s exciting stuff…

Some of my plans this summer:

Between and betwixt these events, I’ll be tackling a large stack of “must read” books that have somehow piled up in my office. (If you have any others to recommend, please let me know!)

On the one hand, this seems like a lot of work, and not much actual vacation. And, well, that’s true. On the other hand, I really do enjoy it and I’m thrilled for every opportunity on that list. (I’m also looking forward to pizza and beer on the roof of Rhombus Guys.)

While the amount of work to do this summer is similar to that during the year, the pacing is very different. I can travel to Nicaragua, for instance, and not have to worry about checking email and responding to students’ questions about paper assignments. I can read books without having to put them down to prep for the next department meeting. In short, I hope to focus my thoughts on one project at a time!

One of the first of these “projects” is vacation, one on which I’m really going to enjoy being away and not checking email, and unless a writing bug hits, not writing a blog post. So…until I post again: happy summer!

image by stephan fleet


  1. davidacreech says

    Not sure if your itinerary for the Nicaragua trip is already planned, but there is a great org that hosted an ELCA World Hunger trip in 2009 — CIEETS (an acronym in Spanish for The Inter-church Center for Theological and Social Studies). I can put you in touch with people at the churchwide offices if you are interested.

    Oh, and do find some time for yourself :)

  2. Elaine says

    I trust at least some of this time is spent with your lovely wife, Megan. It must be hard to be living apart. Keep that marriage strong.

  3. Anne Gunn says

    Adam, what a wonderful summer for you! Good luck with all your plans and “look” for God in the midst of it all!

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