How did those of you who are on the tenure track or have tenure deal with the stress of long hours (seriously long hours), teaching prep, service, and research demands - especially in the first year? I'm in my first year of a TT position and I feel like I'm both drowning and losing sight of what I love about the philosophy profession. Is this normal?
Marcus, it would be so very helpful if at some point there was a discussion about life during the first year of a TT job and this seemed like the most relevant thread...
Funnily enough, I've been trying to compose a post on this for over a week...but have been too overwhelmed with work to finish it up. While I still hope to get a post of my own up on the topic, I figured it might be helpful in the meantime for all of our tenure-track readers to weigh in. So, to our tenure-track readers, here are some questions for you:
- Is it normal to feel like you're drowning (i.e. feel overwhelmed) in a tenure-track job? Why?
- Do you ever feel like you're losing sight of what you love about the profession? Why?
- If you answered affirmatively to (1) and/or (2), do you have any tips for grappling with these things?
I'm very curious to hear what you all have to say, and hope we can provide some helpful advice to our reader!