Harris: The zero-sum game of faculty productivity

February 8, 2019

Productivity tips and tricks can be helpful, writes Michael S Harris, “[b]ut efficiency for efficiency’s sake or to free up time for administrivia is pointless.” To navigate the sometimes blurry line between productivity and busy-work, the author suggests approaching time as a “zero-sum game” such that saying “yes” to a project or task implicitly means saying “no” to another. Harris admits that the dynamic of this trade-off can be anxiety-inducing for junior faculty, who might be torn between two or more opportunities that appear equally vital for a tenure file. The author suggests that junior faculty seek out administrators or senior colleagues for advice if this is the case. Inside Higher Ed (International)