A. Nony Mouse wrote:Paul Campos wrote:A. Nony Mouse wrote:You can still condemn professordom as an unfairly cushy gig if you concede that the vast majority of profs actually do work during their summers, is all I'm saying.
I'm curious as to how you think you know this.
Because I worked as a professor for 9 years, and remain close friends with many many professors at a wide variety of schools. (Note: I said earlier that law professors may be an outlier. I'm not talking about law specifically, although I suspect a number of law profs do *something* work-related over the summer.)
Its hard to believe you were tenured faculty at a major university and left to go to law school. Assistant professors and fellowships are a different ballgame pre-tenure. Its a competitive field and you really have to publish as much as possible at the most prestigious presses (Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Hopkins) early on. So naturally you are working on your 2nd book all summer and it feels like a shitshow so you don't lose the one tenure position on your department in 4 yrs to an outside hire.
First, legal academic hiring is different and the jobs are cushier, and second, Im only talked about tenured faculty. The release from having near total job security is felt. "Purposefullness" aside, you really don't have to work summers or even teach a full courseload unless you're gunning for a chaired professorship at another university.