In an article for Inside Higher Ed, Dr Deborah J Cohen explains the importance of creativity in academic life. Cohen describes the struggle of attempting to be creative in academia, where formulaic expressions are privileged over creative ones. Creativity — the passion for innovation and trying something different – has particular benefits for academics, who need to interpret, make meaning, and forge connections in their work. Cohen offers examples such as conducting office hours in fresh air, creating new events for students, and incorporating creativity into scholarly work. This, argues Cohen, is not something academics should wait until retirement to do, but something they should start practicing now in both their scholarly and personal lives. Inside Higher Ed Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.