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PHILOSOPHY PROFESSOR: Finds Pleasure in Ideas

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Alva, a Professor of Philosophy, teaches classes, creates knowledge and helps administer the University where he works. He shares what a typical day is like for him, and his career path. Meeting students is a privilege for him because they come with lots of energy and enthusiasm; what Alva didn't know when he first started his job was how much he would get from his students,

Degree: Philosophy
Job Title: Professor of Philosophy
Employer: University of California Berkeley

Job Summary: Education Administrators, Postsecondary

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Postsecondary education administrators oversee student services, academics, and research at colleges and universities. Their job duties vary depending on the area of the college they manage, such as admissions, student life, or the office of the registrar.

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m='11700'>philosopher,</span> <span m='12360'>which</span> <span m='12560'>means</span> <span m='12830'>I have</span> <span m='13280'>to</span> <span m='13840'>make</span> <span m='14220'>information</span> <span m='14770'>and</span> <span m='14870'>knowledge</span> <span m='15230'>to</span> <span m='15340'>teach.</span> <span m='16100'>So</span> <span m='16260'>I</span> <span m='16350'>spent</span> <span m='16560'>a</span> <span m='16590'>lot</span> <span m='16760'>of</span> <span m='16810'>my</span> <span m='16920'>time</span> <span m='17170'>doing</span> <span m='17390'>that.</span> <span m='18030'>And</span> <span m='18240'>the</span> <span m='18310'>third</span> <span m='18550'>thing</span> <span m='18710'>I</span> <span m='18770'>do</span> <span m='19010'>is</span> <span m='19130'>I</span> <span m='19210'>help</span> <span m='19460'>run</span> <span m='19660'>my</span> <span m='19770'>university,</span> <span m='20370'>because</span> <span m='20620'>at</span> <span m='20730'>my</span> <span m='20860'>university,</span> <span m='21880'>there's</span> <span m='22070'>not</span> <span m='22340'>a</span> <span m='22410'>separate</span> <span m='22810'>group</span> <span m='22980'>of</span> <span m='23070'>people</span> <span m='23400'>called</span> <span m='23630'>administrators.</span> <span m='24280'>The</span> <span m='24350'>faculty</span> <span m='24780'>administrates the</span> <span m='25270'>university.</span> </p><p><span m='26330'>So</span> <span m='26630'>a</span> <span m='26730'>typical</span> <span m='27090'>day</span> <span m='27320'>might</span> <span m='27610'>be</span> <span m='28070'>I</span> <span m='28170'>go</span> <span m='28360'>to</span> <span m='28430'>my</span> <span m='28580'>office,</span> <span m='29120'>and</span> <span m='29360'>I</span> <span m='30080'>read</span> <span m='30410'>and</span> <span m='30500'>write</span> <span m='30800'>for</span> <span m='30910'>a</span> <span m='30950'>few</span> <span m='31140'>hours.</span> <span m='31960'>Then</span> <span m='32299'>I'd</span> <span m='32530'>go</span> <span m='32750'>into the</span> <span m='32990'>lecture</span> <span m='33340'>room</span> <span m='33775'>and</span> <span m='34210'>lecture</span> <span m='34580'>for</span> <span m='34740'>an</span> <span m='34830'>hour</span> <span m='34970'>and</span> <span m='35040'>a</span> <span m='35070'>half</span> <span m='35330'>or</span> <span m='35420'>so.</span> <span m='36020'>Then</span> <span m='36130'>I'd</span> <span m='36210'>meet</span> <span m='36460'>with</span> <span m='36550'>students</span> <span m='36950'>in</span> <span m='37020'>my</span> <span m='37160'>office</span> <span m='37480'>hours.</span> <span m='38170'>Then I'd</span> <span m='38400'>maybe</span> <span m='38630'>correct some</span> <span m='39060'>papers</span> <span m='39910'>or</span> <span m='40030'>going</span> <span m='40160'>meet</span> <span m='40300'>with</span> <span m='40470'>some of my</span> <span m='40730'>colleagues,</span> <span m='41710'>and</span> <span m='42050'>read</span> <span m='42390'>some</span> <span m='42560'>more,</span> <span m='42820'>write</span> <span m='43040'>some</span> <span m='43130'>more.</span> <span m='43470'>That's</span> <span m='43640'>basically</span> <span m='43970'>what</span> <span m='44110'>it</span> <span m='44170'>looks</span> <span m='44430'>like.</span> </p><p><span m='44950'>I'm</span> <span m='45140'>totally</span> <span m='45580'>untypical,</span> <span m='45965'>and</span> <span m='46350'>so</span> <span m='47120'>I</span> <span m='47250'>don't</span> <span m='47460'>really</span> <span m='47680'>know</span> <span m='47990'>if</span> <span m='48110'>I</span> <span m='48170'>can</span> <span m='48350'>be</span> <span m='48740'>much</span> <span m='48960'>of</span> <span m='49020'>a</span> <span m='49080'>model</span> <span m='49390'>for</span> <span m='49510'>all of you.</span> <span m='50830'>How</span> <span m='51020'>did</span> <span m='51150'>I</span> <span m='51200'>get</span> <span m='51460'>to</span> <span m='51530'>be</span> <span m='51690'>where</span> <span m='51890'>I</span> <span m='51920'>am?</span> <span m='52270'>It</span> <span m='52580'>just so</span> <span m='52800'>happens</span> <span m='53120'>that</span> <span m='53250'>when</span> <span m='53370'>I</span> <span m='53400'>was</span> <span m='53560'>really</span> <span m='53960'>young,</span> <span m='54720'>I</span> <span m='54810'>found</span> <span m='55180'>that I</span> <span m='55240'>had</span> <span m='55440'>this</span> <span m='55620'>aptitude,</span> <span m='56280'>this</span> <span m='56440'>pleasure,</span> <span m='56990'>in</span> <span m='57220'>ideas.</span> <span m='58130'>And</span> <span m='59570'>it</span> <span m='59640'>wasn't</span> <span m='59970'>that</span> <span m='60170'>I</span> <span m='60280'>even</span> <span m='60520'>knew</span> <span m='60720'>it</span> <span m='60810'>was</span> <span m='60950'>called.</span> <span m='61660'>I'm</span> <span m='61810'>a</span> <span m='61860'>philosopher</span> <span m='62205'>professor,</span> <span m='62550'>but</span> <span m='62720'>I</span> <span m='62900'>didn't</span> <span m='63070'>even know</span> <span m='63190'>it</span> <span m='63420'>was</span> <span m='63550'>called</span> <span m='63770'>philosophy.</span> <span m='64629'>I</span> <span m='64709'>just</span> <span m='64920'>knew</span> <span m='65080'>that</span> <span m='65239'>when</span> <span m='65820'>other</span> <span m='66000'>people</span> <span m='67040'>would</span> <span m='67230'>be</span> <span m='67370'>interested</span> <span m='67710'>in</span> <span m='67780'>this</span> <span m='68000'>or</span> <span m='68060'>that,</span> <span m='68470'>I</span> <span m='68650'>was</span> <span m='68830'>always</span> <span m='69030'>interested</span> <span m='69310'>in</span> <span m='69440'>the</span> <span m='69540'>kind</span> <span m='69730'>of</span> <span m='70120'>the</span> <span m='70190'>fundamental</span> <span m='70710'>questions</span> <span m='71290'>that</span> <span m='71810'>were</span> <span m='71920'>presupposed</span> <span m='72660'>by</span> <span m='72870'>everything.</span> </p><p><span m='74250'>And</span> <span m='74960'>so</span> <span m='75150'>I</span> <span m='75240'>studied</span> <span m='75580'>it.</span> <span m='76000'>I</span> <span m='76100'>started</span> <span m='76430'>thinking</span> <span m='76680'>about</span> <span m='76890'>in</span> <span m='77040'>high</span> <span m='77200'>school.</span> <span m='77455'>Then</span> <span m='77710'>I</span> <span m='77830'>majored</span> <span m='78210'>in it in</span> <span m='78680'>college.</span> <span m='79300'>And</span> <span m='79720'>then</span> <span m='79940'>I</span> <span m='79990'>got</span> <span m='80130'>a</span> <span m='80170'>fellowship</span> <span m='80455'>that</span> <span m='80740'>sent</span> <span m='80860'>me</span> <span m='81280'>abroad</span> <span m='81740'>to a</span> <span m='82200'>university,</span> <span m='82760'>and</span> <span m='82860'>I</span> <span m='82890'>studied</span> <span m='83120'>it some</span> <span m='83350'>more.</span> <span m='84210'>And</span> <span m='84440'>I</span> <span m='84480'>went</span> <span m='84650'>to</span> <span m='84750'>another</span> <span m='84970'>university.</span> <span m='86020'>And</span> <span m='86220'>then</span> <span m='86550'>I</span> <span m='86610'>got</span> <span m='86760'>a</span> <span m='86800'>job</span> <span m='87110'>doing</span> <span m='87400'>it.</span> <span m='87610'>So</span> <span m='87970'>it's</span> <span m='88160'>my</span> <span m='88300'>life.</span> <span m='88770'>It's</span> <span m='89310'>a</span> <span m='89590'>hard</span> <span m='89850'>path</span> <span m='90090'>to</span> <span m='90270'>describe.</span> </p><p><span m='91130'>What</span> <span m='91380'>do</span> <span m='91520'>I</span> <span m='91620'>know</span> <span m='91970'>about</span> <span m='92240'>my</span> <span m='92380'>career</span> <span m='93130'>and</span> <span m='93230'>the</span> <span m='93320'>path</span> <span m='93680'>I</span> <span m='93750'>chose</span> <span m='94240'>that</span> <span m='94350'>I</span> <span m='94410'>didn't</span> <span m='94750'>know</span> <span m='94950'>when</span> <span m='95100'>I</span> <span m='95160'>started?</span> <span m='100670'>I'm</span> <span m='100820'>almost</span> <span m='101100'>at</span> <span m='101370'>a</span> <span m='101450'>loss,</span> <span m='101810'>because</span> <span m='102240'>I</span> <span m='102310'>feel</span> <span m='103400'>so</span> <span m='103600'>challenged</span> <span m='104090'>by</span> <span m='104220'>that.</span> <span m='106050'>One</span> <span m='106250'>of</span> <span m='106290'>the</span> <span m='106360'>beautiful</span> <span m='106760'>things</span> <span m='107490'>about</span> <span m='107750'>being</span> <span m='107910'>a</span> <span m='107960'>teacher</span> <span m='109870'>is</span> <span m='110570'>what</span> <span m='111010'>a</span> <span m='111060'>privilege</span> <span m='111610'>it</span> <span m='111700'>is</span> <span m='112500'>to</span> <span m='113910'>meet</span> <span m='114660'>new</span> <span m='114810'>students</span> <span m='115230'>every</span> <span m='115440'>year.</span> <span m='115630'>You</span> <span m='115760'>know,</span> <span m='117420'>the</span> <span m='117620'>people</span> <span m='117880'>I</span> <span m='117950'>work</span> <span m='118200'>with</span> <span m='118360'>are</span> <span m='118430'>actually</span> <span m='118680'>the</span> <span m='118790'>students,</span> <span m='119150'>but</span> <span m='119230'>they're</span> <span m='119360'>grownups.</span> <span m='120330'>And</span> <span m='120460'>they're</span> <span m='120580'>there</span> <span m='120810'>because</span> <span m='121000'>they</span> <span m='121080'>want</span> <span m='121300'>to</span> <span m='121350'>be.</span> <span m='121500'>They're</span> <span m='121660'>not</span> <span m='121790'>there</span> <span m='121960'>because</span> <span m='122260'>they</span> <span m='122370'>have</span> <span m='122580'>to</span> <span m='122710'>be</span> <span m='122810'>in</span> <span m='122940'>school.</span> <span m='123310'>They're</span> <span m='123560'>there because</span> <span m='123800'>they</span> <span m='123930'>choose</span> <span m='124200'>to</span> <span m='124300'>be.</span> </p><p><span m='124890'>And</span> <span m='125080'>they</span> <span m='125210'>come</span> <span m='125600'>with</span> <span m='125720'>such an</span> <span m='126210'>energy</span> <span m='126500'>and</span> <span m='126790'>such an</span> <span m='127260'>enthusiasm</span> <span m='127710'>to</span> <span m='128229'>the</span> <span m='128340'>classroom.</span> <span m='129570'>And</span> <span m='129850'>my</span> <span m='130020'>job</span> <span m='130360'>is</span> <span m='130560'>to</span> <span m='131660'>show</span> <span m='131970'>them</span> <span m='132410'>what</span> <span m='132630'>this</span> <span m='132770'>world</span> <span m='133120'>is</span> <span m='133350'>that</span> <span m='133480'>I'm</span> <span m='133580'>a</span> <span m='133640'>part</span> <span m='133950'>of,</span> <span m='134100'>the</span> <span m='134480'>world</span> <span m='134780'>of</span> <span m='135470'>the</span> <span m='135550'>university</span> <span m='136210'>and</span> <span m='136320'>the</span> <span m='136390'>world</span> <span m='136780'>of</span> <span m='136880'>learning</span> <span m='137650'>and</span> <span m='137760'>the</span> <span m='137840'>world</span> <span m='138380'>of</span> <span m='138710'>creating</span> <span m='139140'>knowledge</span> <span m='139820'>and</span> <span m='139900'>the</span> <span m='139970'>world</span> <span m='140200'>of</span> <span m='140260'>philosophy.</span> </p><p><span m='141090'>And</span> <span m='141580'>I</span> <span m='141780'>guess</span> <span m='142050'>I</span> <span m='142150'>didn't</span> <span m='142610'>know</span> <span m='143180'>how</span> <span m='143400'>much</span> <span m='144160'>I</span> <span m='144290'>would</span> <span m='144490'>get</span> <span m='144730'>from</span> <span m='144870'>the</span> <span m='144940'>students</span> <span m='145370'>when</span> <span m='145510'>I</span> <span m='145560'>started.</span> <span m='145825'>.</span> <span m='146370'>I</span> <span m='146460'>think</span> <span m='146790'>I</span> <span m='146910'>thought</span> <span m='147850'>it</span> <span m='148090'>came</span> <span m='148360'>from</span> <span m='149620'>me</span> <span m='150020'>and</span> <span m='150140'>my</span> <span m='150290'>concerns</span> <span m='151010'>of</span> <span m='151120'>books,</span> <span m='151890'>but</span> <span m='152000'>actually</span> <span m='152380'>it's</span> <span m='152570'>a</span> <span m='152630'>real</span> 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