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recent grad

Does anymore with a tenured or tenure-track position work a 40-hr week? Or at least a 40-hr week when averaged over, say, 50 weeks?

recent grad

Misuse of the slash. I mean a 40-hr week.

Marcus Arvan

I average around 50 hours per week during the academic year and 35-40 hours per week during summer and winter breaks (a few weeks of vacation aside).


Academics are certainly overworked contrary to popular opinion. I would find 50 plus hours a week to be exhausting. We all know academic work doesn't turn off when you're not at your desk. When I was doing my phd I thought and bled philosophy. I think I thought about philosophy almost ever waking hour, and I dreamed about it too sometimes. So if you're working in the narrow sense 50 plus hours, you'd have almost no time to relax and allow your mind to entertain other things. I'm not sure if that's mentally healthy or makes for good philosophy. I guess it depends on the person. I'd go mad for sure.

At any rate, if you don't luck out with a TT position just keep in mind what you avoided. Maybe you'll begin to think you were the lucky one.

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