Faculty Work Expectations

Should faculty be expected to work more than 40 hours per week? Personally, I don’t think so. Currently, most faculty I know are working 60 hours per week, if not more. Some of them appear burnt out and I worry about the ones sending emails at 2 am. I think the unrealistic expectations that we have developed about productivity have bled into unrealistic expectations for faculty work schedules. To be truly effective at work, self-care and sufficient sleep is a necessity. We talk a lot about mental health among students but I think we should spend more time talking about mental health among faculty as well. Besides, they set the tone for what academia should look like and students look to them as an example of what their work style should be. There will inevitably be some weeks where working more than 40 or 50 hours is necessary, such as when grants are due, but generally, we need to have realistic expectations about productivity and work schedules. Such a fast-paced lifestyle is not sustainable.

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