Saul Greenberg is an Emeritus Professor and Faculty Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary in Canada, where he led the GroupLab, doing research in the area of HCI/CSCW/Ubicomp. He discusses his experiences picking and supervising students, strategically building a research lab and community, taking control of our own work-life balance, publication strategies, remote working, and moving into retirement.
"Work will never end and it’s up to me to balance my life. [...] The question I would ask myself is: if I said yes, which I really want to do, what should I stop doing?”
He talks about (times approximate) ...
02:43 Being a supervisor, how you pick good students (or not) and still learning right to the end
07:05 Students finding their own topics or working on yours, growing a lab, nurturing promising students
12:50 The strategic things to think about when designing/creating a lab, creating a community and a culture, and what wasn’t so successful in setting up the lab
20:50 Choosing where he wanted to live to do the outdoor activities he loved, then choosing the job
23:00 Tele-commuting, partitioning work, walking the talk with remote working and lessons learnt
29:00 Realising work will never end, making choices, and his strategy for deciding whether to say yes or not
36:00 Sharing teaching materials as a by product of making teaching easier – “you can be both selfish and give things away”
38:00 How academic life has changed, increasing pressure to publish, and making hiring decisions
43:20 Making the decision to retire and move into emeritus status
45:30 Final tips (lots of pearls!) – no easy solutions, being strategic, scheduling time, not being driven by the next conference deadline, don’t let your work take over, don’t get into the vortex of more intense colleagues, and it’s a great job, we’re our own worst enemies
Saul’s Grad Tips: http://saul.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/pmwiki.php/GradTips/GradTips