Ep 3:20 What Even Is Sick Leave For an Academic?

April 10, 2022 00:38:57
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The Professor Is In
Ep 3:20 What Even Is Sick Leave For an Academic?
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[Note: Karen and Kel were on vacation in NYC and recording from a hotel room! Please excuse the tinny sound today and next week; it goes back to normal after that!] A tweet went academic-viral recently asking whether academics use sick leave or even know what their sick leave policies are. Short answer: in the […]

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