Originally Posted by Riou
Most of my professors in my science classes seemed to barely wanted to be there. We were just wasting their precious time from all the research they were required to do for the university.
It depends on the institution and the department who made the professors appointment.
My advisor for example, his contract is 60/30/10.
60% of his time is for teaching activities
30% of his tome for research/scholarly activity
10% of his time is for service
Now for a 40hr, 5 day a week job (which his really is not). That means that 24hrs is teaching, 12hrs doing research activity, and 4 hours a weeks doing service. Finding teaching work to do to meet those rough quotas is easy. Finding service activities is easy to overbook yourself with... finding time to do meaningful research can be quite hard.
All three areas need attention and progress made to gain promotion in rank and pay.