How stressful is your job as a full-time faculty member?

I recently finished my PhD and I'm looking for tenure-track faculty positions at small liberal arts colleges. I really enjoy teaching and I'm applying for Psychology jobs. I know every job has it's stresses, but I'd like to know what the stress level is like when you're teaching four or five courses a semester and particularly, how people dealt with it when they were new faculty members.

Asked By: PhD_Newbie - 1/11/2009
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First answer was good. Almost any professor is going to feel stressed if taking the job seriously -- especially if the tenure process is hanging over your head. But obviously a lot of us make it through that and continue to teach, so there are benefits to the job that balance the frustrations. Keep that in mind... More
Answered By: szivesen - 1/11/2009
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first off, if you are doing 5 a semester in a tenure track, you are WAY overburdened. As the departmental newbie, you get to do the large sections of intro, and have to do all that grading and dealing with freshmen who all had 4 grandmothers dies in horrible accidents on 4 consecutive weeks, just when papers were due... More
Answered By: derdaktari - 1/11/2009
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