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在中国当大学老师轻松么?

 

经常有朋友无比羡慕地对我说,你们大学老师好轻松呀,每周就上那几次课,还有寒暑假,又没有中学老师的升学率压力。可是在大学已经工作三年的我,却丝毫没感到轻松。你一定会觉得我身在福中不知福,来,听我吐槽下大学老师一点都不轻松的工作和生活。

我是国内一所大学英语专业的老师,我的工作压力来自教学、科研和专业提升三方面。

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和中学老师不同,大学老师的教学压力跟升学无关。首先,备课压力大。大学生见识和阅历都要丰富很多,单纯的课本内容已经不能满足他们对知识的需求。所以我在备课的时候要搜集很多相关的知识,按照不同的主题,整理相关词汇、近期热点新闻、文化差异等等,然后再和课本内容相结合,梳理出条理,寻找合适的PPT模板,最后制作成课件。这一个过程通常要持续好几天的时间,所花费的精力比上一节课要大很多,一点也不轻松。其次,上课压力大。精心准备了一节课,上课怎么会有压力?当然有!除了要面对学生课堂上的各种提问,学院和学校还有一轮又一轮的听课和督导。不同教研室老师之间互相听课,不同学院老师之间互相听课,学校教学督导组听课,一轮又一轮,经受各种考验,一点也不轻松。

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除了教学压力,大学老师还有很重的科研压力。学校对老师的考核,既有教学质量评估,还有科研能力,所以除了备课、上课,我们还要写论文、做科研。就拿我来说,我的研究方向是文化与翻译,所以上课之外,我要读很多跟翻译或者文化相关书籍、查阅大量文献,然后结合近期的学术热点,找到自己做论文的方向,列提纲,写初稿,一遍遍修改,最后定稿。一篇论文从前期准备到最后刊登在期刊杂志上,我已经使出了洪荒之力。这还只是发论文,做科研项目更加繁琐。申请材料就要一大摞,然后还要层层审批。年轻老师还需要联系有经验的教授、博导参加你的科研团队,推荐、支持你的研究项目,共同申请。而项目申请最后的通过率非常低,想做好科研,真是一点都不轻松。

一日在学校,终身要学习。大学老师在教授知识给学生的同时,也要与时俱进,不断学习新的知识、不断提高自己的专业能力。平时,每天早上6点半起床,8点上课,中间要花半个小时读一读China Daily的热点新闻,并将有价值、有意义的部分记录下来,做到日积月累。翻译理论、翻译经典、中西方文化对比、中西方经典著作,要读的书太多太多,时间太有限。抓住不用备课、不用上课、不用写论文的时间,读书、听英语、做翻译、了解文化,一点都不轻松。

在中国当大学老师轻松么?每位大学老师都会回答你,一点都不轻松。可是我们都很爱这个职业,因为一年一年,我们面对的是有理想、有追求,可爱又青春的学生们,倾尽我们所学所有,帮助他们成长成才,累并快乐着,忙碌并欣慰着。

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Is the Life of a Chinese University Professor Everything It's Cracked Up To Be?

 

I'm used to the envious comment my friends always make: you university professors, your lives are so relaxed...every week you only have to attend a few classes...you get summer vacation...you don't have to stress over your students' admission rates like high-school teachers do. But even after three years as a university professor, I don't feel relaxed in the slightest.

You might think I'm simply not recognizing happiness despite it being right in front of my face, but read on, and you'll realize that the work and life of a professor is far from easy.

I'm an English professor at a Chinese university. The stresses of my job come in three forms: teaching, research, and professional development.

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Whereas high school teachers spend a great deal of time worrying about their students' university admission rates, the stress of being a university professor is much different. First, preparing lesson plans is extremely stressful. University students want in-depth knowledge and experience. Simply teaching from the textbook cannot give them the knowledge they need. Thus, when I put together my lesson plans, I need to gather a variety of information that relates to the class and covers a variety of different topics.

When preparing for lessons, I'll put together a vocabulary list, find recent headline news, and make a list of cultural differences, among other things. After doing this, I combine it with the textbook content in an organized and well thought out manner, find an appropriate slideshow template, and finally fuse it all into a class. This process usually takes quite a few days, and so I have to spend more effort on each class than the previous one. It's anything but a breeze.

The second stressful part of being a professor is teaching class. Is teaching still difficult if you've already carefully prepared for class, you may wonder? Of course! In addition to answering various questions from my students, I have to deal with other faculty members sitting in on my classes, and I'm also subject to supervisor reviews. Professors from different teaching and research sections and even different universities alternate sitting in on one another's classes. The university's teaching supervision group also takes part. As a professor, I'm subject to round after round of tests like these, and none of it is easy.

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In addition to the stress of teaching, professors are also under intense pressure to conduct research. Universities evaluate professors based on the quality of their instruction as well as on their research capabilities. This means that in addition to preparing and delivering excellent classes, we also have to write papers and conduct research. Take me, for example. My research interests are culture and translation, so in addition to the classes I teach, I also need to read a plethora of literature about translation and culture, and then based on recent popular topics in academia I must find my own own angle, make an outline, write a rough draft, edit repeatedly, and complete a final draft. The entire process of publishing a paper—from the preliminary planning stages to when I finally see it in print—requires an exorbitant amount of energy and dedication.

But these are only the steps for writing a paper. Conducting research is even more involved. There is a pile of application materials I have to deal with, followed by many requisite stamps of approval. Younger professors need to contact veteran professors. Doctorate holders must be a part of your research group, and they must recommend and support your research project in a joint application. The acceptance rate for research proposals is pitifully low. If you want to do research, it's no picnic.

A single day at school should inspire lifelong learning. While university professors are imparting their knowledge to students, they must also keep up with the times by constantly absorbing new knowledge and improving their professional skills. Normally, I get up at six o'clock every day and teach my first class at eight. In between I spend half an hour reading the headline news in the China Daily, making sure to jot down notes on anything that looks relevant or meaningful. The longer I persist in this habit, the more I reap its benefits. There are stacks and stacks of books I want to read, and on countless subjects—translation theory, classic translations, cultural differences between China and the West, Chinese and Western classics—but my time is limited. Whenever I'm not preparing for lessons, teaching, or writing a paper, I read, listen to English recordings, translate, and learn about culture. It's anything but easy.

So is the life of a university professor a relaxing one? Ask any professor, and they'll give you the same answer: not one bit! But we all love our profession. Year after year we interact with hopeful, ambitious, lovely young students, and we give them everything we can to help them grow to realize their full potential. We may be tired, but we're happy. We're busy, yet content.
 

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