At the risk of blogging too much and upsetting certain readers, I'm going to do the unthinkable and post twice in one day.
I asked the following question this afternoon on the Tweets (Twits?) and promptly got the following answers:
I then followed up with Gerty on how many conferences she presented at:
Then the following discussion ensued about whether or not attending/presenting at conferences was really considered service:
Lots of helpful input here, but I'm still on the fence about a couple of conferences on the horizon. There is at least one big meeting in my field that I WILL attend, no matter what. Another two that would be good to attend, since they'll have a lot of the big players, but not so much a requirement, per se. In at least one of those cases, I won't even have time to put an abstract in for a poster because of timing, and it would be rushed with the move and all.
So my questions for the wider audience here are:
1. How many conferences is too many / too few for a first year TT prof?
2. Must you present at all the conferences you attend, or is attendance purely for the sake of networking a good enough reason to go? What is a good balance? And is it silly to submit a poster abstract just for the sake of presenting something?
3. How much of a *requirement* is conference attendance for tenure? In other words, if I haven't been invited to give any talks at this point (since I haven't even arrived at my new job yet), and don't end up getting invited to any this first year, should I really be planning on going to more than 1 or 2 of the most *important* conferences in my field and sub-field?
Maybe this shouldn't be an issue until I arrive at TTU, but Hubby travels for his job, too. So I'm trying to get the probable meetings I'll attend on the calendar now. Part of the two-body lifestyle, I guess.