May 30, 2024

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International Student Club UK

With tenure under attack, professors join forces with a powerful union

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On paper, Asia Leeds had the perfect career. An assistant professor at Spelman College in Atlanta, she could focus on her passion of studying Afro-Latin American culture.

In reality, she felt like she was doing at least seven jobs while getting paid for one: teaching, research, writing, applying for grants, advising students, running a minor, serving on committees.

Asia Leeds left her job as a professor at Spelman College after teaching during the pandemic “took the last bit of energy I had.” She says the stereotype of the highly paid professor who shows up to deliver an occasional lecture is a fantasy. Credit: Asia Leeds

The stereotype of the highly paid professor who shows up to deliver an occasional lecture and spends the rest of the time reading books “is an idea that for 90 percent of people doesn’t exist,” Leeds said. “It’s this fantasy you’re sold because it was what your professors were doing when you went to college.”

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