Professors on social media are getting extremely pissy when people think (or professors assume that people think) that they are choosing online teaching because it’s easier.
But of course it’s easier. For one, all of the service obligations are simply gone thanks to our move online. Service obligations mean academic self-governance and it’s completely gone.
Here’s one example. At this time of year, we always welcome prospective students and their parents to campus. It’s a big multi-day event where we meet the future students, talk to them about our programs, invite them to classes, answer questions, and explain how our programs work. It’s a big time investment but I used to love it because it really helps you get the information out and engage with future students in person.
Now it’s all gone. The admissions office is handling the online version of this activity. Professor’s were told we aren’t needed.
And it’s all like that.
All you need to do is hold your Zoom meetings for 9 hours a week, grade… and that’s it. It’s humanly impossible to spend more than 15 hours a week doing this stuff. With a full-time salary and great benefits, what’s not to like? It’s like a long sabbatical with no need to produce publications at the end.
It’s the truth and I’m not ashamed to say it.