Comments on: Welcome to Hard Times? http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Ann Bartow http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-128106 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 14:48:01 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-128106 Things are pretty bleak here at the U of South Carolina. Hiring freeze, salary freezes, no travel money at all, not one dollar, and no tech upgrades, even though we badly need a new server. Oh and an increase in the size of the student body, plus tuition increases.

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By: Sisyphus http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-127543 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 01:06:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-127543 I’m back and glad to be, as always, the chosen example of freakoutery! Unfortunately I overheard a most horrifying conversation between two full profs about TIAA-CREFs and how _nobody_ in the world was going to retire now unless the dean pried it out of their cold almost-dead hands, and how if the job market looked bad this year, we have barely seen anything yet. Oh, and our searches here may still get cancelled.

Needless to say I was hyperventilating by this point. I need a drink!

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By: Indyanna http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-120753 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 22:22:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-120753 Our search in public history is apparently back on. The provost caved on his slacker kinsman, Distance Ed. But now the advertisement is lost in the internal bureaucratic haze and can’t be run until it’s located and a couple of quibbles resolved. Also, re a recent thread on phone versus live interviews: the human resources dept.–which has taken over from a dedicated outside office the affirmative action functions–has ruled we can do all of one sort or all of another, but not a mixture–which is probably a reasonable rule. Looks like no AHA and probably phone interviews. I better go back and revisit that thread.

Wow, Notorious. We get 200 copies a month and think we’re being pinched! There are ways of getting them to let you run “your” stuff under the guise of grazing on the commons, though.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-120719 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:29:49 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-120719 Grant, I voted the same way for the same reasons. But, I felt a little guilty about it when I checked the box, because I was voting against funding for higher ed (and lord knows it’s not coming to us in Colorado through other means!) Well, a fat lot of difference our votes made, eh?

Rose, everything I see in the stores is all black and red, or deep purple, which are a combination and color (respectively) that are hard to pull off for most women. I admire Michelle Obama’s daring spirit–better to err once in a while than to dress like a slipcovered sofa for 4 years.

And ADM, notyettenured, and Notorious, I wish you luck with your searches. The good thing (maybe?) about hard times is that it means recruiting top people is easier if you’re not at a top-ranked university or geographical location. I was surprised (and pleased) to hear recently that one of our searches 2 years ago in a non-U.S. field was considered by the people in that field to be one of the best jobs going. (But, I’m sorry that it had more to do with the poverty of other opportunities in the field, and not with the Transformational Awesomeness of Historiann and her colleagues at Baa Ram U.!)

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By: Notorious Ph.D. http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-120712 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 21:07:45 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-120712 Our one planned search is still on, and we’re still interviewing in a suite. But the department has had to make cuts in other places to do it. One example: in late September, while preparing my tenure file and book manuscript (and copy of the book manuscript for the tenure file!), I ended up buying my own ream of paper because said paper was being rationed by the office staff.

Also, each faculty member is now limited to 500 photocopies per semester. Dept. budget folks advised putting exams on overhead projectors. So, not quite a flour-sack dress, but there you have it.

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By: grant http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-120613 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 19:38:02 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-120613 I did not vote for Casino cash. I have real issues with using gambling and state run lotteries to fund anything let alone education. Think regressive tax. I believe it passed not because it helps the CC’s with funding but because people want the chance to double down.

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By: Rose http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-120556 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:57:39 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-120556 Funny you should say that about M.O.’s election night dress, Historiann–part of the Post article was about exactly why it wasn’t a great choice. According to the writer, that same Narcisco Rodriguez dress looked a lot better both on the runway and in still photos than it did on TV…how it just didn’t translate on live television. Thank GOD I don’t have to worry about that in my own life! ;^)

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By: Another Damned Medievalist http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-120006 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 03:34:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-120006 AFAIK, all of the searches in my College (and there are at least 5 on right now) are still on. Granted, most are replacements and one is new, but for a department with over 60 majors and only one FT faculty, so accreditation comes into it. But other places I know had cut searches well before the crunch really started to hit. Of course SLAC did change our raise structure this year, so some of us ended up taking a cut.

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By: notyettenured http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-119950 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 02:44:18 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-119950 We were hiring two positions this year and lost one. frogprincess, you may be comforted to know that we lost the Americanist position but kept the “luxury” field.

Word is we’re not having a hiring “freeze,” but just a deep chill… (although in these northern climes people may define -25 as a chill).

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2008/11/12/welcome-to-hard-times/comment-page-1/#comment-119924 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 02:18:15 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=1852#comment-119924 Well, it all sounds like we’re in about the same place. (At least, the stories that Indyanna, Susan, and GayProf tell sound familiar.) My department didn’t get permission to run the one search we prioritized–but then, we got a brand-new line last year, and we ran two (successful) searches two years in a row, so we didn’t expect that we’d be permitted to hire our fifth new colleague this year anyway, regardless of was happening/has happened with the economy. Grant, I was a little surprised that the one ballot issue that succeeded this year in Colorado was the Casino Ca$h for Community Colleges issue. Congratulations–I guess!

For all of you who are graduate students–History Enthusiast, thefrogprincess, and others–I am sorry. But, try not to get too down about bad news that’s not really yours yet. Everyone I know who finished a diss. and did a national (and in some cases international) job search found a job eventually, although there were some years of full-time temping, even after completing the Ph.D.

Finally, on the fashion: Meg, the textile work revival is an interesting development, but I’ve thought the revival in knitting and sewing was about turning these skills and crafts into high-end hobbies rather than make-do-for-your-family strategies. (IOW, the cost of clothing would have to get really, really expensive again before sewing yourself made economic sense. After all, the Chinese economy is on the skids too, so they’ll be willing to drop their prices even lower in order to secure the American consumer dollar.)

And Rose, I think you’re right that M.O. would choose the middle dress–she’s funky and daring (although I didn’t love that Narcisco Rodriguez dress on election night, and I have loved just about everything that man has designed in the past.) I would go with the option on the far right, the two-piece dress, but then I usually go for the more tailored look (which is why I usually dig Narcisco.)

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