The academic system appears to reward only those mythical super heroes who are excellent researchers, passionate teachers, wonderful communicators, and money-making machines – as we illustrated in our magazine on recognition and rewards. But who is behind such a mythical super hero? In the Mythical Super Hero campaign, we take a look at the human stories behind concepts of excellence perpetuated in today’s academia.
Our perspective on being a mythical super hero is visualized by illustrator Merel Barends and printed on mugs, with which we are inviting academics to have candid and open conversations about being ‘excellent’. The coming months we’ll share stories in different places. Eventually we hope for a snowball effect where more academics spark conversations about the expectations and realities of academic life, just by noticing a coffee mug in their Zoom meetings.
If you’d like engage in a mythical super hero conversation (and get a mug!), send an email to email@example.com