July 21, 2024

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  • Minor Morning Rant

    It never ceases to amaze me that administrative types on a university campus can be surprised when faculty aren't hanging out in their offices in the summer. Given that most faculty are on 10-month contracts, why in Heaven's name would they be on campus? Indeed, isn't one of the things that is the hallmark of the professoriate is that we are often hard to locate? Along with absent-mindedness, isn't being difficult to find one of the key stereotypical traits of professors? It ain't like one gets a ton of writing done in one's university office.

    The summer thing truly floors me, however, such as when someone will try to schedule a meeting once classes are over with, and then be surprised that no one shows up. (That happened this year in late May. I warned the Chair that no one (myself included) would come to a committee meeting after classes were done. He thought we should try, but eventually decided to postpone until the Fall).

    What further amazes me is that in this day and age that someone will leave one a voicemail, but not just send an e-mail. Or, if one really needs to talk to someone, surely a phone call to the person's home would be in order.

    Posted by Steven Taylor at July 21, 2024 10:29 AM | TrackBack

    10-month? I thought it was 9-month. but yes, college life grinds to a halt in the summer.

    Posted by: bryan at July 21, 2024 10:36 AM

    What about summer classes? Are those typically handled with a separate contract? Or is one's summer load usually predetermined, and included in a year-round contract up front?

    Just curious. I MAY be interested in a career in academia in the future.

    Posted by: Tom at July 21, 2024 02:50 PM

    Never, and I mean NEVER teach a summer class. Yes, the money is good but the work!!

    By virtue of just being around the office I was put on no less than FOUR search committees. FOUR!!!!!!


    Posted by: Rusty Shackleford at July 21, 2024 02:59 PM


    It varies by institution--but mostly it is a separate contract.

    Posted by: Steven at July 21, 2024 03:11 PM

    Maybe at old Troy State they were more OK with summer off-campus living, but at the new and improved Troy University (where football and movie rentals go hand-in-hand), they must want you to be on a Scrushy-sponsored leash. Oh well. At least there are 341 campuses all over the world....

    Posted by: Stephen at July 21, 2024 09:16 PM
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