With Winter Break coming, professors, you have some time—maybe a month or so—to kick back and just relax. And let’s not forget those three months during summer when you don’t have to work. And don’t you get a fall break and a spring break, too? Sweet.
In the time between terms, the likelihood of academics having a conversation with a family member or acquaintance that includes something like the foregoing goes up. And so, too, may the usefulness of the following graphic, created by Susan Wardell, a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of Otago:
Dr. Wardell publicly shared this on Twitter earlier in the year, noting, “my undergrads often have no idea about what I do, other than pop up to gives lectures once a week. My postgrads, who want to get into academia, aren’t always well informed about what that means either.”
As she says, the chart aims to summarize the responsibilities of a “standard full-time lecturer position at a New Zealand tertiary institution. Specific tasks may vary depending on institution, academic discipline, and career level.” It’s something that has gone through several iterations (below is the initial white board draft).
What, if anything, needs to be added to it or altered?