A few days ago, an esteemed College Misery blogger lamented that the site has been miserable so far. I read that post and immediately knew what the appropriate response should be: I, Dr. Nicolas Nothaughty, should make my inimitable presence known on this site so as to steer things in the right direction--because, unlike someone we all know, I can achieve victory all on my own.
Don't remember me from Rate Your Students, you say.
I don't believe you, I say.
Eventually, though, the old moderators of that site will sober up enough to establish the archive that will allow you to peruse my brilliant posts from the fall of '08. In the meantime, I call everyone's attention to this recent article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, which, I do not believe, has been discussed up here. And even it has been discussed, I, of course, will do it better than everyone else.
As some of the commenters have already noted, the article is a mess, rife with contradictions and illogical silliness. Nevertheless, the bit about people not wanting to be on the tenure/publication fast track seemed to be at least close to the mark. Whuddya y'all think?
Many of my colleagues have expressed increasing frustration with the research demands of TT jobs because 1) the labor involved in that work really doesn't pay any kind of meaningful dividends, even if tenure comes along eventually; and 2) the kind of research that is getting published, largely in the humanities, is increasingly meaningless. See what they mean? (And this "research" is happening at a time when funding is being cut to "irrelevant" humanities departments all over. Could this "research" be the last desperate gasps of intellectuals to demonstrate their worth to a world that cares more about Lady Gaga than them? Hmmm . . .)
So again, what's the pulse of the people up here? Is this article at all meaningful, or is it not worth of our time--not even worthy of Dr. Nothaughty's inaugural post?