Just when I thought things were moving forward in a positive direction, everything came screeching to a halt. At our faculty meeting yesterday, we learned that the terms of our contract were changing. Next year, we will work a traditional 7:30-3:30 workday, with weekly meetings on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 and 2.5 more hours of “value added” time. We can “add value” Tuesday and Thursday each week from 3:30-4:30 or we can contribute the equivalent of that time somewhere else in the day. This proposal seemed to come out of nowhere. In fact, it has been under consideration for only two weeks. I really liked my job and felt like I had made strides in not working too much and in moderating my dedication to my profession at the expense of my personal life. So much for that.

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