Why Are Associate Professors So Unhappy?

June 3, 2012

Lisa DeJong for The Chronicle

Three associate professors at the College of Wooster (from left, Amy Jo Stavnezer, Judith Amburgey-Peters, and Susan Lehman) have formed a support group to help guide one another through the difficult midcareer years.

By Robin Wilson

Seven years after earning tenure at the College of Wooster, Judith C. Amburgey-Peters is still working a “nonstop, crazy schedule on 6,000 different things.” But she is not sure whether the 80 hours a week she spends leading the chemistry department, advising students, and trying to squeeze in time for research will ultimately qualify her for promotion to full professor.

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