To start, they are not “office hours.” Now, I know that at Columbia some words come to have counterintuitive meanings. We can’t take the word midterm too literally when we can get three in a semester in some classes and only one in others. But office hours is a term that I’ve been taught to trust. Whenever I get a syllabus at the start of a class, I feel confident plotting the two hours or so a week on my calendar as a repeating event. Continue Reading..