ST. JOHN’S – A new professor of history at Memorial University of Newfoundland has made a bold vow to be in his office during his posted office hours.
“The university requires us to have 4 hours a week of office hours,” explained Richard Kimble, PhD. “Most professors make a least two of those hours during their classes, so they obviously can’t be there during that time, and the other two hours usually have an asterisk that says “*by appointment”. We know full well that no undergraduate and almost no graduate students actually make appointments.”
This move has caught the rest of the faculty by surprise and some are not happy about it.
“This is ridiculous. All tenured professors know that you don’t need to be in your office during office hours. It is pretty much just free time,” explained a university professor who spoke on condition of anonymity. “It won’t last, no one can be expected to be available 4 hours a week.”
Dr. Kimble has so far kept to his word, being in his office from 2-4pm on both Tuesday and Fridays. So far the only students who have come to see him are two overachieving and decidedly annoying graduate students.