What Would Your Advisor Do? I went to a faculty meeting recently, knowing in advance that one of my colleagues was going to say, as he tends to do: "X says that.." or "X thinks that.." (X = his former advisor at a distant university). To him, X's opinions are profound and definitive and should guide discussions and planning in our department.
Before the meeting, a different colleague and I had discussed whether, on the occasion of hearing these magic words, we would say something like:
"Well, MY advisor thinks.." (even if we hadn't spoken to our former advisors in ages and were making it all up),
or possibly: "Hey, let's all go around the table and say what we think our former advisors would say about this topic!"
But that would be mean. In any case, we were thwarted because our advisor-worshiping colleague said, instead, "I talked to someone about this, and he or she told me ...". We all knew he was talking about his former advisor, but I guess he figured out that he'd better place a bit more distance between himself and The Great One.
9 years ago