Comments on: “Something broke, and it seemed irreparable.” http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 21 Sep 2014 12:24:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Suzanne http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1961773 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 08:04:12 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1961773 One other thing, the higher education system as we know it is a dinosaur, it’s over people. All you are doing is training more professor’s who are going to want your jobs and tenure. Seriously it’s hard to believe education as we know it is still going, or is it? All of you are in a dream land. Funnist part of all you the the ones with these empty jobs and crap loads of education don’t even get it???

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By: Suzanne http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1961764 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:53:57 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1961764 I am not even near what any of you have accomplished educationally speaking, but just have to say something, as I have 4 Phd’s in the school of hard knocks. I had tenure in a way, I suppose as it took me ten years to get my Bachelors Degree from the University of Hawaii. I don’t think there is a job on the face of the Earth where there is not someone or a group of someones that are just so miserable with their lives that they take great sadistic joy in torturing their fellow coworkers. See article on the defination of Evil people. From my perspective most highly educated people are pompous rear ends anyway it’s a wonder any of you can get along at all, as in my experience you all think you are right.
Why don’t you just get a simple job for awhile, cut back on the way you live, walk on the beach, play mud pie with your kids. I just got through watching my beloved mother die of pancreatic cancer she was a 7th grade math teacher for almost 60 years and had to deal with a group of people like you big fat over degreed, giant egoed whiners who in the pecking order of education consistantly made my Mom’s life a living Hell on an off for years. She’s gone now just like the Last Lecture Guy do you think anyone really cares anymore? I doubt it. Stop complaining, count your simple Blessings every day, hot shower, clean sheets, a door that locks behind you, ice cream in the freezer. Good God use all that education you have to find a way to Peace in your Hearts. And P.S. to Mr. 80 page CV get the heck over yourself, you need to open a shell stand in the Bahamas and get a bit of sun as well as perspective, no one in their right mind wants to read 80 pages of a freaking resume. I’m only sort of sorry if I ruffled feathers, you people need to wash off the whole high horse thing and live in the every day world for at least five minutes…I dare you.

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By: A matter of fit http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1655167 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 03:21:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1655167 […]  There’s been a lot of bloggy soul-searching recently–even more than usual, it seems–about how the dysfunctions of academia, and […]

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1638000 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:51:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1638000 That sounds like a blow for mental heath in our lifetime, wini. I’m sorry that your chair and dean were so unresponsive to your critique, but alas, I’m also unsurprised. It’s a buyers market, and we’re the sellers.

I too once left a crummy, abusive job. I left it for another TT job, but if I had not been successful in getting another academic job, I would have left the profession. Life is too short to be unhappy, even for the dubious prize of lifetime job security.

Back when I started blogging, I blogged a lot about the ways in which tenure distorts the academic job market. I believe that we still need it–nothing like being called a “5th columnist” and a key part of the “hate America first brigade,” ca. 2001-2004, to make one appreciate academic freedom!–but I resent the way that it frequently becomes a pretext that sustains an abusive work environment. Then the Great Recession happened, and all Americans who work for their daily bread came to know precarity as capital-intensive institutions used their leverage to squeeze more work out of those of us who weren’t laid off, and things only continued to get worse.

I need to remember once again the great lesson of the George W. Bush presidency: things can always get worse! And of course, they have.

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By: wini http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1637882 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 13:02:23 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1637882 I came across these posts late, probably because I quit my TT job this summer and I’m disengaging from academia all together.

However, I agree with undine’s summary and also want to add: increasingly the terms of employment for tenure-stream people also lacks respect and support, both monetary and collegial.

One day I will be ready to write something longer, but in short, I went to my chair and dean and said “I need these working conditions addressed” and they didn’t listen and didn’t believe me. When I pushed on it, they implied and then told me that I should feel lucky to have a TT job at all. And, when I quit because they refused to address my problems, they were surprised.

Why someone would pursue further employment at a school that treated their faculty the way I was treated made no sense to me. My decision to leave academia altogether is a much longer story, but I live in a fabulous, affordable, booming city an I’m not dragging my family around for a tenure-track job at another miserable school in a horrible market.

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By: Rewrite Women's History? I Think Not (And Other Fun From Around The Web) - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1635021 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:31:04 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1635021 [...] quitting her job as a contingent faculty member and gracing herself with a sabbatical; Historiann picked up the ball and ran with it, generating a great comments thread on when enough is enough; and Madwoman With a Laptop hit the [...]

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By: undine http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1635016 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 14:23:31 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1635016 I find myself agreeing with so many of these comments, especially Susan’s. We may or may not be able to change the terms of employment for NTT faculty (though we can try), but we can support a culture of respect and support, monetary as well as collegial.

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By: Ellie http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1634929 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 12:15:05 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1634929 Was this the article that Flavia and Perpetua were thinking of: http://utotherescue.blogspot.fr/2013/05/when-tenure-track-faculty-take-on.html

One of the great things about this article was the specificity with which it outlined the tactics the group used to push for more TT lines. As well as the list of enemies, some expected and some not, they acquired along the way.

That non-TT faculty were among those enemies highlights one of the most painful catch-22′s of this new structural situation, namely they way it sets different groups of faculty against each other. One only has to read the Chronicle forums or the jobs wiki to see, on the one hand, job applicants outraged about a non-TT faculty member they see as an unjustly privileged “internal” candidate, and on the other, non-TT faculty outraged that conversion of an adjunct or lecturer position to the TT means reapplying for and likely losing their own job to a shiny new PhD.

But the PSU project gives some hope that there is something TT faculty can do to begin changing institutional culture and practice locally.

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By: Lance http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1634853 Sun, 01 Sep 2013 10:30:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1634853 To emphasize what so many have said already, this doesn’t just give me a bad case of survivor’s guilt, it also underscores that luck and not skill makes the difference. As does institutional culture, Nikki reminds me. Some places try harder and maybe the effort has an impact.

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By: Take This Job and Shove It – The Madwoman with a Laptop http://www.historiann.com/2013/08/29/something-broke-and-it-seemed-irreparable/comment-page-1/#comment-1634341 Sat, 31 Aug 2013 19:57:06 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=21780#comment-1634341 [...] People are leaving academia, and they are talking about why. (H/T to Historiann for the first of those links.) Those of us who haven’t left had damn well ought to be [...]

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