Summer Break?!?

My Summer I course is finito — the aforementioned graduate historical research methods. My students seemed to have had a good time with it, they turned in some solid work, and I really enjoyed myself, too. Now for the continuation of my summer “break.”

The summer break is a lie, by the way. Because work in the social sciences absolutely must have some kind of quantitative structure to be considered legitimate (can I get an “Amen,” qualitative types?), I can show this mathematically. I’ve devised the following formula:

Required Research + Mandatory Institutional Review Board Training + Summer Classes + Fall Course Prepping + New Syllabus Construction + Conference Travel + The Occasional Meeting + Work I Pushed to the Summer + Oh, Crap I Forgot About That = Summer Break

Please also note the following corresponding condition:

Summer Break Getting Paid to Do Nothing for Three Months

One Response to “Summer Break?!?”
  1. Denim says:

    Faculty get paid for nine months. We do not get paid for the summer unless we work "overtime". And, as you note so well, we are still working. As an example, we still advise students even though the stipend for teaching in summer is 80 percent of a regular class because "we do not have a service component."And of course, for many of us, that summer "off" time is when we do the majority of our research, paid for with our own money (in the humanities, anyway).

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