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Tenured profs spreading the hate

April 10, 2007

I like to read Dean Dad. He usually has something interesting to say. This post (More Full-Timers, or Smaller Classes?) in particular got me going. It has to do with using adjuncts to balance the budget at most schools.

What really got me going, though, was the snide posting of The Professor. Go ahead. Click the link. Here is his picture off of his blog. He is a PhD in Business Admin. That was enough for me to write him off.

He then went on to trot the whole merit-based idea that if only those dumb adjuncts would publish enough, or in the right places, they would get the tt-job they so whine about.

While he was taken to task admirably by the assembled, the whole discussion reminded me of my own back-and-forth with Unapologetically Tenured here.

My basic question: why you be hatin? Why are the tenured folk such assholes? They have the health insurance, 401k, and other such benefits. They teach the lighter loads, and they usually teach within their main interest (fewer comp courses for them). So, why the anger? Why the outrage? Why the f@#$%(^ bull@#@! about adjuncts not working?

Basic rule. If you don’t know what you are talking about, keep quiet.

  1. Inside the Philosophy Factory permalink
    April 14, 2007 7:00 am

    I really think that some of them believe that the academy is a pure meritocracy and thus, those with merit get tenure. They don’t want to admit that the hiring process that put them in their sweet job could have just as easily put one of 100 other qualified people into their job…

    I’ll never forget the ignorant comment made at a random faculty event about 5 years ago. Some t-t person was lamenting having to teach a J-term class (short course between fall and spring semester). She said, “if I’d known how little it pays, I’d have made an adjunct teach it” — This comment bothered me at the time because I was adjuncting both there and at other places, had considered trying to jam a J-term class into my schedule (money is necessary!) and realized that the 3-hours per day, 4-days per week schedule made it impossible to do that and adjunct at the other places.

    An adjunct friend of mine in NE had the guts to correct a table full of our college administration who thought she was waiting tables as a hobby… she told them the truth, that her adjunct job was the hobby because it paid so little. They left her a big tip but changed nothing on campus…

  2. Tim Lacy permalink
    April 17, 2007 5:51 pm

    BOA & Others,

    And if they don’t understand how money affects one’s professional (& personal) life, have them read this.

    – TL

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