I am a new Instructor, started during the pandemic and am only going into my second year. I work for a smaller local college, full-time. The college is a located in the U.S. in the Mid-West (Ohio), it offers 2 and 4-year degrees.
When starting in 2020, I was hired with the understanding that I come into the college, teach, hold office hours and then I could go home. However, this year they have decided that all instructors must be on campus 40 hours per week, 8-5. I teach business courses, many times I have questions that come in after hours, plus I typically grade and do prep work after hours.
So my question is: is it normal to be required to sit at a desk (in this case a cubicle) 40 hours per week? Or, can one typically come and go as teaching requires, with scheduled office hours for students?
Being new to the industry I am trying to understand the norm.