In response to the social discourse these days about how little faculty folks work, one of my colleagues has come up with a brilliant idea.
We have to put little calendar things on our door to show when we're in class and when our office hours are. We've done that for ages, though recently we've moved from a little index card sized form to using a regular sheet of paper with a weekly calendar filled in, so that it's way easier to see.
My colleague's innovation is to also give information about all the other work zie needs to do, whether every week or at various times. So, for example, zie shows committee meetings on the calendar, and grading and prep time, research time, and also has a list of stuff for advising and other "seasonal" sorts of tasks, with information about them. The list talks also about grading in evenings and weekends.
Zie shared the idea with the rest of us, and now our doors give students and anyone who passes by a much better sense of how we use our time.
Do you folks put up weekly calendars? What information do you include? Does your calendar tell the "whole story" of your work week?
I heard that one local chair is putting hir weekly work totals on the department facebook site, which students and others can see.
Get the story out there, beloved colleagues. We work more than six or nine or twelve hours a week, even if those are the times we spend in a classroom with students.