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  •  absolutely, and I have to say (5+ / 0-)

    having had the opportunity to see both sides of the equation in my niece, who became a tenured professor very young and pretty amazingly unexpected and having a partner who is also a tenured professor that they enjoy unimaginable freedoms timewise as to how they structure their work days, the freedom to move for projects and work very much on a freely chosen time schedule, a privilege few people have.

    •  Eh. Cuts both ways. (12+ / 0-)

      I went from academic work to non-academic work. On the one hand, as an academic I had the freedom to take off for a couple hours in the middle of the day and choose when I worked. On the other hand, I always felt like I should be working. There was never a point where my work day was decisively over. Just the concept of vacation days without feeling guilty that I should be working on my research was a massive adjustment to non-academic work.

      •  that's true - she always felt pressured (2+ / 0-)
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        to perform and work, but to the outsider it looks as if she had lots of freedoms though in her mind she certainly didn't feel that way.

      •  exactly (2+ / 0-)
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        for all that so-called flexibility in one's schedule, as a academic there's a sense that one is ALWAYS working.  You have to constantly design new projects, do research, write and write better, write more (usually of the same thing) and figure out even more places to disseminate your brilliance just to justify your existence and your salary to not only your supervisors, but also your peers and even the people you teach.  I don't think there is any position (even politician) for which one is so thoroughly evaluated  and for which one must constantly demonstrate one's value to the entire community of professionals.

        Academia is one of the few professions for which you constantly being judged, evaluated, measured and for which you have to constantly sing for your supper.  Even demonstrating your worth is work.  A single professor's tenure file is more work than most evaluation departments at non-profits produce.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 06:49:05 PM PDT

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    •  You are almost never not working. (5+ / 0-)

      ...and that is what is expected. You need to broing in grant money and have a lteachng load.

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