I was supposed to get one this year. We only get one per division and our two departments are supposed to split them evenly and this year it was my department’s turn. Only one person from each department applied. But they gave it to the other person who applied from the other department. Then he got a job at another university and quit so nobody gets a sabbatical this year. I am free to apply for next year. But I have competition.
So much is happening right now. I have so much work to do. So many ideas, so many projects, so many revise and resubmits (!), so many conferences, so many referee reports, so many opportunities that I keep saying yes to. I’m going to be traveling constantly this year and on top of that I have to apply for things… like sabbatical.
And I’m teaching a full load and I’m doing a ton of service. And my classes have to be updated, except the new course which has to be created.
I think this year I will have to go back to working 6 days a week and sometimes after 5pm. (I get to work before 8am.)
I hope I don’t pass out from nervous exhaustion! And I really hope my RAs are good this year, because I need great RAs this year. Luckily I have enough money to pay for RAs this year. Unfortunately I didn’t get that grant in on time to get a chance of being able to pay for RAs next year!
Do you need a sabbatical? What would you do with a sabbatical?