122 visits. 74 hours. Office Hours.

I’ve always had busy office hours as discussed here. Invisible Labor is pervasive in our world. People labor in ways that are often unseen, unacknowledged, and/or even unpaid. In order to help counter this, I tracked visits this semester. The results follow. 

I had 135 students this semester across 5 classes (plus one independent study course). 28 of these students took me for at least one (if not two, three, four, or five) course(s) in a previous semester.

There were 122 office hours visits during the Spring 2019 totaling 4,480 minutes (about 74.5 hours)

The average visit lasted 37 minutes.

  • 38 visits lasted 15 minutes or less
  • 23 visits lasted 15-30 minutes
  • 34 visits lasted 30-60 minutes           
  • 27 visits lasted 60 minutes or longer

Visitors came from a variety of groups.

  • 11 – Former students (who are not taking a class this semester)
  • 31 – Queer Theory class
  • 35 – Intro to Queer Studies classes 
  • 11 – Comparative Creation Myths class 
  • 31 – Intro to Women’s Studies class 
  • 3 – other 

There were 61 unique visits but lots of repeats.

  • 43 – 1 visit
  • 7 – 2 visits
  • 3 – 3 visits
  • 5 – 4 visits
  • 1 – 5 visits
  • 1 – 6 visits
  • 1 – 10 visits
  • 1 – 16 visits

Visits occurred across the semester, mostly in April.

  • January – 15 visits
  • February – 34 visits
  • March – 30 visits
  • April – 43 visits   

Visits occurred for the following reasons. 

  • 64 – general visiting
  • 31 – class questions
  • 27 – discussing paper draft 


Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda 

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10 replies

  1. Again, you are an inspiration. I’m going to track in the fall semester!! I’ll let you know the results. Invisible labor, indeed. Bravo for being there–so constantly and continuously–for your students.

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  2. I have to wonder if a higher education scholarly journal would be interested in these data.

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  3. Love the idea, too. In fact, it should be listed as one of your accomplishments on the annual professional self-evaluation form. The legislature notoriously thinks that faculty members only work 40 hours a week. I know of no lowly faculty member (not admin position) in Texas who can get by without working 60-80 hrs per week.

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    • Dr. Hyde! How are you? I was worried! I haven’t “seen” you in a little over a year. Great to hear from you.

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    • Sorry to take so long, I am struggling to earn money and help a friend who is facing a medical system (Medicare) built for efficiency for doctors but not health for the patient. The Medicare For All advocates need to face some realities about how it works today. Yes, it means that many people will have access to health care when they do not now. But it also means that true “health care” will be very elusive. My friend has been suffering from gut pain for the past 3 months and starving because she can’t eat without feeling pain afterward. Doctors keep saying she will get better, so check back in a month (her gastroenterologist said 8 months). You can’t say that to someone who has suffered from childhood sex abuse and who has had thoughts of suicide at least 3 times in the past 3 months when the pain was unbearable. Everyone knows that there is a mind-body connection today, but doctors serving Medicare patients completely ignore it.


  4. A mark of a great professor.

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  1. 239 visits. 180 hours. Office Hours. – Without Ritual, Autonomous Negotiations
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