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I’m adding my voice to today’s Day of Higher Ed by detailing my work schedule for today. Add your voice too to let people know that the work of academics is rigorous, valuable, and just as time consuming as any other profession. Tweet it using the hashtag, #DayofHigherEd, and see what others have written, too.

7:30am: Coffee, take the dog out, Facebook time and news-checking time.
8:00am: Check and respond to work emails, read higher ed blogs in my Google Reader.
8:30am: Workout, breakfast, shower.
9:30am: Work on Campus Writing and Speaking Program handbook for future graduate assistants.
10:30am: Blog 🙂
11:00am: Read one article for tomorrow’s class and take notes.
12:00pm: Commute to school.
12:30pm: First admin meeting for First Year Writing Program. One on one with director; discussion of our ongoing assessment of the hybrid classes and final tasks for the school year.
1:30pm: Second admin meeting for First Year Writing Program, with the entire set of program administrators.
3:00pm: Admin meeting for the Campus Writing and Speaking Program. Focus on our ongoing research project on audio-visual feedback for writers, developing plan for workshop we’re giving next month and article we are co-authoring.
4:00pm: Read a second article for class tomorrow and take notes.
5:00pm: Read an article from my oral exam reading list on rhetorical genre studies, taking meticulous notes.  
6:00pm: Family time – dinner, walking the dog, drinks on the back deck, catching a show or two.
9:30pm: Create to-do list for the rest of the week.
9:45pm: Make revisions to poster for presentation that I’m giving with Ashley R. Kelly next week at the NCSU Global Engagement Expo. Send an email to arrange printing time.
10:15pm: Read second article from my oral exam reading list, taking meticulous notes.
11:15pm: Bedtime!

While my working time for the day isn’t perfectly linear, it’s easy to see that the work goes beyond a typical 8 hour work day – and my day doesn’t even include teaching or other responsibilities that faculty members have that graduate students don’t, like reviewing journal submissions, reading student applications, serving on university committees, etc. etc.

What does your #DayofHigherEd look like?

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