But because so many of us are also gearing up to return to campus...
And while doing so, we're coming across articles like "Female academics: don't power dress, forget heels – and no flowing hair allowed" ...
I need to share something about what I'll be wearing my first semester as a tenured professor.
But to get us there, I'll need to pose a string of rhetorical questions:
- Tired of students rating your course according to what you wear?
- Can't find a way to make the professional looks that you prefer pair with flats or sneakers or anything other than torturous high heels or other dressy shoes?
- Tired of spending precious time and money on work clothes that you change out of the second you get home?
- Tired of choosing between this garment made in a sweat shop and that garment made by children?
- Hate suits?
- Work clothes feel like a costume? Especially out-of-style ones that are too expensive to replace as trends change?
- Tired of spending money on dry-cleaning and all those chemicals?
- Hate the unfair fact that some faculty (like those with white hair, white privilege, or beards) can get away with comfortable and often inexpensive t-shirts, jeans, and flip-flops but others cannot or cannot take the risk to find out if they can?
If you answered yes to even one of those questions (or to related questions that didn't dawn on me to ask) then may I suggest you try wearing an academic gown to teach?
If your profession comes with its very own costume, why not take advantage of it? It's what I'm going to do starting this semester. I bought a cheap academic gown on-line and I've even started decorating it:
|Kind of makes my chair look professorial, doesn't it?|