I have, however, discovered something even more delightful: My teaching can actually help my research. And a semester like the one I've got coming up is a perfect test case. here's how it goes:
- Monday: Graduate research seminar (3 hrs): 20-25-page paper
- Wednesday: Undergraduate research methodology/intro to the discipline (4 hrs): 10-12-page paper
- Thursday: Graduate capstone research seminar (4 hrs): 18-20-page paper
Coincidentally, I have to write two things this semester: a conference paper (10-12 pages), and a presentation for the department research seminar (about 20 pages). Also, I am a person who does best with concrete deadlines: only fear of looking like an ass in front of other people really motivates me to actually getting something done.
So here's the deal: I write these papers right along with my students -- and I let them know I'm doing it. When they have to write a preliminary proposal, I make sure that I've written my conference abstract. When they have to do an outline, they get to look at mine. We keep each other honest, and keep each other working. At least, that's the plan.
Wish me luck!
**There is actually a reason why I don't use the same topic for all three, having to do with available sources and what the students are prepared to do at a particular level, but that's a whole 'nother post.
***image lifted from the "Hyperbole and a Half" store. Perfect gifts for the reluctant academic.