Job burnout

I love teaching. I love research and writing (I vacillate between loving it and hating it, depending on how well my current project is progressing — since I’m just proofreading an article before sending it off for consideration, currently the love is strong). I even love a lot of academic administrative work.

But if I never have to worry about our graduate program again? It will be a good thing. I am simultaneously too close to the issues and too far removed from doing anything integral with the program (my research agenda is not their research agenda and never the twain shall meet I realize) to get a sense of perspective any longer.

I peeked at my C.V., did the math and suddenly realized that I am entering my tenth (non-consecutive) year as graduate coordinator at the same time I begin my sixteenth year of service at the university.

I swear, that will be my last! At least until I return from my next sabbatical.

3 Responses to “Job burnout”

  1. sm Says:

    Make somebody else do it. This year. Tell them your research agenda is being sabotaged and you want a fair chance at your next promotion. Tell them that there are now a number of other people who are as qualified or more than you were when you first became coordinator.

  2. Nettie Says:

    What triggered me off in walking away from half of my administrative responsibilities was hearing one of the less-busy members of the management team saying, “I’m not taking on anything that interferes with my getting out my one book a year for OUP”. He has since taken on half of the task I sloughed off that day. (He’s still getting out the one book a year.)

    If you wanted to do admin you’re not interested in you’d have got a corporate job ages ago and you’d be earning enough money to feel good about hating every minute you spend at work. You’re absolutely right to resolve to chuck it in.

  3. ancarett Says:

    Thanks, you two. I will finish up this year but I will begin transitioning to a replacement this fall. I can only dream of a yearly book at OUP, but yearly articles and the occasional book should be back within my reach.