sometimes i wonder if the general public expects maths professors to do scholarly research in the same frequency (or smaller) as literature teachers who are also authors. 
it would make sense that to teach the inner workings of a particular subject, it would be helpful to create or to know how to create such academic works.
i say "smaller" because the layperson can more likely imagine what literary work looks logs, but have probably never seen what a maths research article looks like ..
( possibly to be continued.. )
 far be it, of course, for me to expect society to bother thinking about academics and academia, unless it's an issue of budget cuts to education ..