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  •  We are at a 3/3 load for the most part (2+ / 0-)
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    pixxer, worldlotus

    sometimes more, plus the senior capstone on top of that.  Non tenure-track full time faculty (sometimes with years of employment) teach 4/4 as do those in some of the more pressured disciplines (comm is the main one, I think).  But there are other things one is expected to do with a 3/3 load -- service (both on-campus and to national organizations -- I am an incoming divisional chair for one of those), research, advising, etc..  But I generally love the job, so I whine, but don't really complain, if you get the difference.

    •  I definitely get the difference :) I love my job (2+ / 0-)
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      annetteboardman, worldlotus

      too. I look at the profs at Cal, where their teaching load is mainly "Biochem 500" or whatever number is made up to reflect their supervision of grad students, and I envy their freedom to do their research - or at least to supervise a lot of pretty fabulous grad students doing it. But then, I have the freedom to sit in my office for an hour listening to my advisee talk about how her best friend isn't speaking to her, or to write in support of a petition to help a student withdraw from a class she shouldn't have taken in the first place, and all that. I had an interesting experience when escorting a faculty candidate across campus one day. I said hi to a number of students en route, and when we arrived, the candidate turned to me with saucer-eyes and said "You greeted every one of those students by name!" Of course I cheated - we were walking from the Bio building to the Chem building; if we'd headed through Music to Art I wouldn't have been batting 1000 ;) But yes, I do love my job, even if I whine about it occasionally :)

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      Julian Castro, DNC 4 Sept 2012

      by pixxer on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:55:48 PM PST

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