- It’s always good to send concise written updates (a couple of paragraphs by email) in advance of a meeting and, for specific questions, to try to formulate them first instead of wandering in to office hours.
- Be prepared for me to tell you to drop things that you haven’t sold me on. I will either expect you to downgrade it or give a good argument for keeping going.
- Like other busy faculty (especially ones with small kids) I usually need advance time to review something.
- minimum 24 hours for a 1-2 paragraph update before a meeting
- 1-2 weeks for a longer paper or memo
- I only remember something if it’s written down, so send me an email if you need me to do something.
- If you don’t have a response in 48 hours for small things or 1-2 weeks for big things (such as “please read this paper”) then either I’ve been hit by a truck or I just forgot–in either case send me a reminder email.
Of course, there are those who don't appreciate Professor Blattman's approach for making clear what many students would otherwise have to figure out on their own. Some "feel" he's putting too much pressure on students. Others "feel" he's intimidating them. And yet others, thinking the professor's rules of decorum reasonable, "feel" the tone of the post is "inappropriate," according to an article in Inside Higher Education.
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