I received a very tempting offer today: A friend of mine, who’s faculty at a major research university here in London, invited me to become a guest lecturer for the next spring term and take over a class in consumer behaviour. It would have been seven sessions, three hours each.
I always enjoyed teaching, and the study of consumer behavior (with all its ethical, cultural, and economic implications) was what got me interested in a career in academia in the first place. So I really struggled with myself before turning down the offer. The classes are scheduled to start in January, hence I would have had to begin preparing the lectures in November at the latest – and there was no way of doing that if I still wanted to submit my Ph.D. thesis this year and work on Mendeley at the same time.
Luxury problems, I guess, but I still feel a little sad over this missed opportunity. Well, maybe in the fall!