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Subject: Re: WSJ: $10K College Degree Date: 10/8/2012 3:54 PM
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As an aside, personally, I bristle at the oft-slung accusation that professors have cushy lives and don't need to really work. I have worked at several other employers and i have never, ever worked harder than I do now

I know professors work hard. There are some in my family, and I know that they put an incredible amount of time and effort into their work, even when they're teaching on-line courses.

The Durham in Wonderland blog is written by KC Johnson, who has managed to find time to write several books. In fact, he has a long, long list of books and articles. And I know that there are other professors who have found the time to do extensive research, attend conferences, and write articles. Clearly you have a tougher schedule, and I'm not saying you should be able to write many books and so on. But some of the courses he mentions, and the lack of student interest, imply that some professors (and in some cases they're instructors and assistants, rather than tenured professors) are being kept on, at a private, top-tier university, without any real function.

http://durhamwonderland.blogspot.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KC_Johnson

It was Johnsons's comments on his blog that led to my comment about tenure being, supposedly, to give professors time to research and write, in addition to having the freedom to speak their mind about controversial subjects.

Nancy
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