Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Anna R. Bosch, March 27, 1992

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:03 - Early life and higher education

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Partial Transcript: --any of it--probably not going to get very far today and we'll just have one more and it probably won't take an hour for the second one.

Segment Synopsis: Anna Bosch describes her career as an undergraduate student and her time studying abroad. She also discusses the opportunities she found while in college, including studying abroad, researching, being a junior fellow, and working as a teacher's aide.

Keywords: English departments; Fluency; France; French; German; Honors; Junior fellows; Multilingual; Research funding; University of Connecticut

Subjects: English language--Research; English language--Study and teaching (Higher); English language--Study and teaching--United States.; Foreign study.; Linguistics.; Undergraduates; Universities and colleges--Graduate work.; University of Chicago

00:04:22 - The value and effects of education

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Partial Transcript: Um, how important was education in your family?

Segment Synopsis: Bosch discusses her reasons for pursuing a career as a linguistics professor, the limitations of her chosen career path, and influences that led her to linguistics. She also talks about her work as a professor and researcher at the University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Employment; Lecturers; Linguists; Media; Morals; Parents; Professors; Researchers; Soccer; Students; Teachers; Teaching assistants; Values

Subjects: Childhood; English language--Study and teaching (Higher); English language--Study and teaching--United States.; Linguistics.; University of Kentucky

00:14:50 - Teaching career--A typical day for a linguistics professor

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Partial Transcript: What are your day-to-day responsibilities?

Segment Synopsis: Bosch discusses what she does daily in her job as a professor as well as the joys and challenges of her job as a University of Kentucky professor. She says that other than teaching, her job includes grading papers, keeping office hours, and reading the latest research. Bosch also discusses her home and work life and how the two intermingle, as well as how she tries to keep time to herself during the weekend.

Keywords: Computers; English departments; First-year professors; Grading; Office hours; Offices; Privacy; Reading; Teaching; Time management; Writing

Subjects: College teachers--Employment--United States.; College teachers--United States; Linguistics teachers

00:22:04 - Teaching career--Challenges and rewards of teaching linguistics

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Partial Transcript: How would you describe your work to someone who is interested in your field?

Segment Synopsis: Bosch describes linguistics and the study of language in her own words and discusses the fascination she has with language. She also discusses what she would do if she was not a professor and the challenges and rewards of her job. She also describes the traveling she does for her research and the amount of time she spends with colleagues and students. Bosch talks about her definition of work and how that includes enjoyment and not working solely for money.

Keywords: Colleagues; French; Languages; Linguistics clubs; Moods; Office hours; Offices; Professors; Reading; Research; Scottish Gaelic; Student-teacher relations; Students; Translators; Traveling; Weather; Work; Writing

Subjects: College teachers--Job satisfaction; College teachers--United States; Linguistics teachers; Linguistics.; Travel; University of Kentucky

00:30:20 - Teaching career--Working at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Okay, what is the greatest achievement of this university, do you feel?

Segment Synopsis: Bosch describes the best and worst parts of working at the University of Kentucky that she discovered in her first year. She also gives her thoughts on the gender and racial wage gaps and tenure disparities between men and women professors. Bosch discusses the funding of public universities and the lack of funding in the University in general. She speaks about her position in the Linguistics Department as well as the quality and availability of teaching materials. Bosch talks about her salary and benefits and her ideas for how her position might evolve in the future. Bosch details the ways in which her gender has influenced her career up to this point, including how and why she chose her career path. She talks about her social life with colleagues and students as well as the advantages and disadvantages of her schedule, both socially and professionally. Bosch describes professional and departmental communication patterns among faculty at UK, focusing on how communication happens and the ways in which it has changed. She talks about the level of supervision she has on a day to day basis as well as how her performance is graded at the end of the semester.

Keywords: Budget cuts; Departmental meetings; Diversity; Electronic bulletin boards; English departments; Genders; Graduate students; Higher education funding; Kentucky Kernel; Linguistics departments; Nationalities; Policy changes; Private universities; Public universities; Racial tensions; Staff diversity; Staff meetings; Student diversity; Universities

Subjects: College students--United States.; College teachers--Job satisfaction; College teachers--Salaries, etc.; Diversity in higher education; Sexism in higher education.; Universities and colleges--United States--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--United States.; University of Kentucky

00:53:03 - Teaching career--Personal life and relationships / Work-life balance

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Partial Transcript: How does your--how does your family affect your work, even long-distance?

Segment Synopsis: Bosch describes how she believes it is advantageous that she is single, her relationship with her family, as well as her social life with friends outside of work. She talks about her hobbies and her love of being outdoors and she also laments the many hardships for couples in academia due to the scarcity of jobs and their locations. Bosch discusses the hardships of balancing the teaching and researching aspects of her job, and she details how she is working to balance the two. She also talks about how she is working to find more value in her work.

Keywords: Crafting; Exercise; Extracurriculars; Family; Friends; Hobbies; Horseback riding; Job stresses; Long-distance relationships; Outdoors; Publishing; Researchers; Singleness; Spring Break

Subjects: College teachers--Job satisfaction; College teachers--United States; University of Kentucky; Work and family--United States; Work-life balance.

01:03:11 - Teaching career--Achievements and future plans

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Partial Transcript: What is your own personal greatest achievement, professionally?

Segment Synopsis: Bosch describes her biggest personal achievement and her sadness over not having PhD students to advise. She discusses how different students have met, exceeded, or underwhelmed her expectations, and she goes on to discuss her plans for the future, both personal and professional.

Keywords: Doctorate degrees; Graduate programs; Graduate schools; Job security; PhDs; Professors; Professorship; Publishing; Research

Subjects: College teachers--United States; Linguistics teachers; Linguistics--Research.; Linguistics.; Undergraduates; Universities and colleges--Graduate work.; Universities and colleges--United States.; University of Kentucky

01:08:34 - Teaching career--Research, time management, and Scottish Gaelic

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Partial Transcript: How many hours a week--we're going into the distribution of effort right now--of effort--how many hours a week do you actually spend on research, would you say?

Segment Synopsis: Bosch discusses her time spent between researching, teaching, advising, and administrative work as well as how she is pushed to focus more time on research than teaching. She also goes in depth about her research about how the Gaelic language uses syllables differently than any other language. Bosch details how she conducts her research and how she works through language barriers. She also talks about the classes she is teaching, her philosophy about lecturing versus fostering discussions, using small groups to help make the learning more personal, and how much time she spends preparing for class.

Keywords: "Distribution of effort"; Advising; External funding; Gaelic languages; Gaelic sounds; Gaelic syllables; Hobbies; Horseback riding; Internal funding; Publishing; Research funding; Researchers; Scotland; Seminars; Sleep schedules; Small groups; Student teachers; Summer vacations; Syllables; Teacher's aides; Teaching; Time management; Transcribing; Word stresses

Subjects: College teachers--United States; Linguistics teachers; Linguistics--Research.; Linguistics.; Scottish Gaelic language.; Universities and colleges--United States.; University of Kentucky