You: Hey professor, I need your help. Professor: I’m on summer break!

I am in the process of applying for professorships, and I keep coming across adverts that state that the job is a 9, 11 or 12-month tenure track position. I haven’t put much thought into how professors spend their summers and I have been sloppy about contacting them during “off season”. I assumed that they all were being paid during the summer break. Well, apparently not. If a professor is tied to a 9-month contract/agreement with the university…they are not obligated to work over the summer. There are many versions of this, but that’s what I have gathered from the adverts. I welcome insight from others, and I would love to cover this topic in class.

So look, the next time you decide to email your professor over the summer…put some thought into their relationship with the program. Are they a year-round kinda professor, or are they only obligated to respond to your inconsiderate emails for 9 months out of the year?

This is me, learning as I go…and I may have to apologize to a few people.

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One Response to You: Hey professor, I need your help. Professor: I’m on summer break!

  1. hanhle

    Besides summer, you also should double check if the professor is on sabbatical before contacting him/her.

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