PhysioProf was just minding his own business, clicking around visiting some of his fellow ScienceBloggers, when he stumbled upon this scurrilous attack by Sciencewoman:
You're wrong. Here's why.
I am shocked, shocked, I tell you! The nerve of accusing me of being WRONG!
OK. Just kidding. Seriously, what Sciencewoman is talking about is a difference of opinion concerning how non-tenured tenure-track faculty should allocate their time, which originated in a comment I made to an earlier post of hers:
Getting completed work out the door should always be at the absolute top of the to-do list of junior tenure-track faculty, without exception. It should come before teaching, administrative, doing new studies, eating, sleeping, or even taking a fucking whizz.
She describes the essence of our difference of opinion as follows:
[L]et's talk about the real issue on which we seem to disagree. In the finite amount of research time available, how does a junior tenure-track faculty member prioritize their time? You suggest that writing the papers comes ahead of any other part of the process. I'd advocate for a more holistic approach that recognizes the importance of publishing completed work, but also respects the research pipeline.
My purpose here is basically to urge DrugMonkey's readers to head over there and read her excellent post, so I'm not going to steal her thunder. Go over there now and read what she has to say!
I do want to make one somewhat more general point, because I am so fucking pissed off at being accused of being WRONG!
Just kidding again. As a general principle, it's actually not particularly important to me that I be right. What's important to me is that I give people an impetus to think.
And I am exceedingly pleased that my original comment got Sciencewoman thinking about this issue, because effectively prioritizing one's efforts is absolutely essential to success as a junior PI.