Myth #2 Elitist Academics Don’t Bother to Work During the Summer
Why should we? The majority of us have nine-month contracts, which means, unless we opt to stretch out our paychecks over the year, three months out of the year we don’t get paid. Who works for free? I mean who would continue to direct undergraduate and graduate student projects, hold dissertation defenses, meet to discuss job materials, review reference letters and fellowship applications, conduct research, draft or complete a book and/or articles, plan courses, update existing course materials, review books, read new work to stay current in the field, serve on committees, and answer work-related email if they didn’t get paid?
Certainly, not me or any other elitist I know. So to clarify, lazy elitists do no work in the summer, in part because we don’t get paid to do so, but mostly because it would get in the way of our wine sipping and Mediterranean beach combing, and, oh yea, our summer teaching schedules.
Now, on to other business. Today marks the end of my first month of blogging. [Insert wild uncontrollable applause here.] I have tried to be diligent and stick to a schedule, posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, only flubbing once, as it happens, this week, which explains the double-post today. What I have discovered thus far is that I absolutely love being the elitistacademic, and there is no way that I can keep up this schedule because it is interfering with my devotion to sloth, the aversion to work, not the mammal. So I will dial back my posting, but try my best to keep at it; otherwise, how else is Entertainment Weekly going to find me so they can ask me to be their academic consultant and contributing writer? Hey, some people dream of leaving it all behind to stay home and make jam. This is kind of like that, but you know, better.