As college students, we’re always focused on our school work and our social lives. We go to class, do the work that we are assigned, and go back to our dorms. We typically take for granted the generally easy commute to and from classes.
But if you’re a professor, you may not have the luxury to live near campus. Only an average of 20 percent of Ph.D’s searching for an academic job are successful by graduation, thus proving the difficulty of landing a job as a professor at any school. So we can see that getting a job as a professor is not only competitive but also won’t always conveniently come your way. But how far would a professor be willing to commute to get to their their teaching job?
This week we touched base with Professor Murphy who was able to tell us what her weekly calendar is like not only as a professor, but as well as there commute.
Dr. Murphy of the Philosophy department talks about her commute from Washington D.C. every week. She also gave us an insight into her living situation in Philadelphia, and the difficulties of juggling a life as a family member while trying to make a living.
Our interview with Professor Murphy gave us a deeper understanding to the sacrifices that no one see’s some professors go through in order to teach at a university. It’s important to understand that like everyone else, professors are here to make a living and some have to be away from family members for weeks at a time, or travel for hours in a day.