My new department chair emailed last week with photos of my new lab space ... it's awesome incidentally ... MUCH bigger and with more standard equipment than I had requested (YAY!!).
In the midst of our emailing back and forth, she asked how training was going for my (relatively) brutal contact sport and I had brought her up to date with our recent wins and about nearly getting crushed by a teammate during a practice game last weekend.
Her response was to jokingly ask me not to take up any more extreme sports, such as rockclimbing, before I move to New City. Obviously, she wasn't aware that I'm already an avid climber (seriously).
I'm already the oddity/freakshow not simply by virtue of age and experience, but also by being single, childless and non-American, so when you add in my sporting interests, my score on the Unusual Faculty scale goes off the charts.
So the question is: how will my penchant for unusual and marginally dangerous sports/activities be perceived by a faculty consisting mostly of conservative, middle-aged, tenured women?
I know that PhysioProf is going to say "it doesn't fucking matter what they fucking think of you it only fucking matters what your fucking productivity is fucking like", but these are people with whom I'll have to interact and collaborate and ultimately, they will play a role in decisions about tenure and promotion.
Don't get me wrong, I'm fully aware that my recreational pursuits have absolutely no bearing on my professional capabilities or success.
I'm just curious as to whether your perceptions of colleagues are altered if they have atypical non-work interests.
Ok, here's an extreme, ridiculous example ... if one of your colleagues was a brilliant teacher and well funded and respected researcher but you found out they had a penchant for Barbie dolls (male colleague) or monster truck rallies (female colleague), would you see them in a different light?
On a roll!
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