Ten Reflections on What We Do with Our Time

ACADEME BLOG

I have been thinking a great deal about John Ziker and his coleagues’ detailed study of the work that we, as faculty members, do, and I think that their study supports, directly or at least conceptually, most of the following observations:

1. We work very hard—much harder than most people realize and, in most cases, than even we ourselves realize.

2. More than most Americans, we truly enjoy our work. Indeed, our obvious enjoyment of our work may contribute a great deal to the perception that we are not working very hard.

3. More than most Americans, we are rewarded for what we do. Sometimes these rewards are formal recognitions, but more often they are informal acknowledgements of the significance of our contributions. These kinds of reinforcements are a very important factor in our remaining productive or becoming increasingly productive over the course of our long careers.

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