“We don’t do things for money”

… Andy and I had an interesting conversation the other day…

There’s a job opening in my state, but not in the metro area, that could be an interesting career move for me.  I’m very qualified, it’s in my research area, and it’s teaching philosophy.  Sounds great — right?  Here’s the gist of our conversation..

Andy:  Why would you want to take that job?

Me: — well, the work could be interesting, but I’m really unsure of the organization within the university that I’m supposed to lead… I don’t understand their mission or how it’s funded.

Andy:  So, it could dry up, change or fail?

Me:  Yep — and then I’d be down there without the main reason I’d take the job.

Andy:  Do you have other reasons to take it?  Is it more prestigious or something?

Me:  Not really, it is teaching at a 4-year college, which would be nice, but I like my school and my students so the teaching itself wouldn’t be better.

Andy:  How about the location?

Me:  Ummm… no, you’ve been there, do you want to live there?  I don’t necessarily — and living in between here and there sounds like a pain in the butt.  Besides, it’s the opposite direction from places we want to go.

Andy:  Is it more money?

Me — maybe, especially considering the lower cost of living down there — but I’m not so sure it would be all that much more.

Andy:  Well, since we don’t do things for the money, why apply?

Me:  I don’t know… so I won’t.

This is a similar line of reasoning that made me decide not to apply for the open dean jobs at Century.  I’d lose my freedom as a professor, work a lot more and not make all that much more money.  Doesn’t sound like something I want or need to do.  I have just enough administrative stuff to keep me occupied as department chair, I get to work with faculty I like, I don’t have to solve the problems that land on the dean’s desk, and I get to have a lot of freedom concerning what, when, and how I teach my students.

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2 Responses

  1. In my view of economics, money is only ONE factor, too.

  2. […] Andy and I were talking about the other opportunity.. it seems that the actual reason I’d leave Century has an […]

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