set in exotic places in summer and during the January break, invariably offering a specialized course of study that the faculty member has no competence to teach--and, indeed, would never be teaching if there were not a trip attached to the course. These courses receive three hours credit and involve little more than blogging of the "Wow, Paris is really cool. And old, too" variety. Why the returning faculty member encourages us to read these blogs, I'm not sure. As far as I know, there is no attempt to affiliate with competent faculty abroad and share the so-called teaching responsibilities.
I am not envious because the thought of being responsible for my students' physical safety on a foreign continent 24/7 makes me ill. Still, I wonder where is the shame at this naked show of self-aggrandizement?