9 month salaries and summer service

Tenure, She Wrote

Like many professors in the US, I am paid a 9 month salary. In the past week, I’ve received several emails that have prompted me to think about my institutional responsibilities during the summer: one that requested feedback on revising our Biology curriculum, one that requested comments on the research statement of a spousal hire, and one (from our Provost!) expressing concern that many faculty in my small department were unavailable to meet with some upcoming candidates for an external position (a position where the person would be affiliated with my department, but where no attempts were made to consult faculty in our department about preferred weeks/dates for scheduling interviews).

I fully expect that these requests and many others will be the norm rather than the exception- students will want to meet with committee members and perhaps defend their thesis or take their qualifying exams, there will be administrative positions…

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