Comments on: Who let the dogs out? The importance of a diverse faculty. http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:23:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: M.S. http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-966630 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 08:01:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-966630 In fairness, the prof in question (Prof X) is actually not a white guy. But the point still stands about the lack of diversity of the faculty at said Big Grad School.

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By: Big Boss Lady http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-961104 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 04:37:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-961104 I love how a post about racial diversity in higher ed and dogs gets 40 comments about…the dogs. Talk about missing the point!

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By: Tigs http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960948 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 22:11:03 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960948 “But the least you can do is to be upfront about the fact that you are focused on your own environment and mental health to such a large degree that you deeply discount the comfort of others.”

Yeah, that’s probably true.

“Therefore, having it there means that one prefers the dog’s company to the comfort and full attention of one’s guests.”
And given that my dog is pretty much my favorite person, that’s definitely so. ;)

Note: I rarely actually bring my dog to campus–fewer than 20 times in the past 6 years, and mostly during summer session. But damn, it is great to have her around–and on those days, I have definitely been more interested in my comfort and mental health than the minimal discomfort that was potentially experienced by others during those times (my dog doesn’t bark, lick people, make sudden moves or indoor messes–she is generally invisible except when I’m walking her through the halls). Fair enough.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960895 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 20:11:21 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960895 This is just an observation about office life, but no one will ever tell you directly that either your 1) child/ren or 2) dog bothers them when you bring them to your office.

They may complain about you behind your back, though.

(I’m not endorsing this status quo. I’m just describing it.)

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By: M.K. http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960880 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 19:11:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960880 I really like Anonymous’s analogy of a minimalist who refuses to put a chair in the office.

And Tigs, about fears (irrational or otherwise) . . .

I am in fact afraid of dogs. I can deal with service dogs, because they are invariably extremely well trained, and because I recognize that they allow other people to function more fully in society. (I still keep my distance, but I don’t run screaming from them.) You might say I need to get over my irrational fear of dogs, but I say “Why?”

I don’t work for a vet or the humane society. I’m an American historian. If I was afraid of books, or nineteen-year-olds, or boring committee meetings, I would say “Yeah, I’ve got to get over that fear so that I can do my job.” But dogs? I see no reason to think that as an academic, I can’t expect a reasonably dog-free work environment.

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By: Anonymous http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960846 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:43:14 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960846 http://www.islamicconcern.com/dogs.asp

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By: Anonymous http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960845 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:41:55 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960845 A great many Muslims, by the way, have religious and cultural rules against indoor dogs, another reason that exercising this kind of privilege tends to be a white thing.

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By: Anonymous http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960842 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:35:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960842 “I know I’m a crazy dog person, but is having a dog lying at my feet really mean that I’m inflicting the dog on another person?”

The answer is clear enough. Yes. There are a million ways to rationalize it away, of course, as you just did. But at some point one must admit that by having a dog in the office, one inflicts the dog on those who must visit. Therefore, having it there means that one prefers the dog’s company to the comfort and full attention of one’s guests. Another analogy might be: what if a minimalist workspace helps you to think, so you don’t put a visitor’s chair in your office? So it doesn’t break any rules, fine. If you want all of your students/visitors to have to stand before you, shifting from foot to foot (and some impaired guests to perhaps not be able to visit you at all), you could probably do that too.

But the least you can do is to be upfront about the fact that you are focused on your own environment and mental health to such a large degree that you deeply discount the comfort of others. (This last sentence helps me to understand why dogs in faculty offices are an East Coast phenomenon. I’ll bet they’re prevalent in California schools too.)

However, this is definitely the most horrible thing I’ve read in the thread:

“There was a (married? I think?) pair of poli sci professors who had a very small black dog that spent every day in their shared office.

Ick.

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By: other side of the pond http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960752 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:40:52 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960752 And Simon Schama used to have a mongoose when he was at Oxford. Dogs are so last century.

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By: Sniffing the Past http://www.historiann.com/2012/02/07/who-let-the-dogs-out-the-importance-of-a-diverse-faculty/comment-page-1/#comment-960742 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:10:52 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18000#comment-960742 Great post. A former university I worked in put up a ‘No Pets’ sign in one of the meeting rooms to stop academics bringing their dogs to meetings.

And have you read Mark Rowland’s The Philosopher and the Wolf (2009)? He used to take a wolf into his lectures…

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