My institutional elders informed me that my credentials do not help the process. According to them, my academic background (I’m a Hamsterologist in a Lizard College), research, and even my ongoing professional activities (as a Rodent-Reptile relations consultant) count for diddly-squat on the accreditation scorecard. (The scorecard has been a matter of concern, as very few of us have been given a clear idea of what counts as a score.) As a term proffie, I was strongly advised that if I went for renewal, I would not receive it. So, I didn’t.
The courses I taught begin with basics but eventually work through sophisticated ideas that challenge students to view their studies and goals in a broader perspective, to think critically about the work they will be doing. My colleague and I have devoted a lot of time and energy developing the course and the materials that will engage and challenge students to think about the impact of Lizard activities and their responsibilities as Lizards in a world full of other species.
So, I’m not coming back; neither is my teaching colleague. In our place, the elders have hired people who, while possessing Lizard credentials that will please the process, do not have ghost of a scent of a hint of a clue about the course material and concepts, much less how to deliver it.
We have already met with the replacement faculty (at their request) to discuss the courses. I discovered that they did not feel comfortable with some of the most basic concepts covered in the course. I suggested resources and readings for them to cover before the start of fall term. We have also shared our teaching materials with them. They have requested more meetings.
I’m really ambivalent about this relationship. On the one hand, I should be thinking about future students. On the other hand, I want to back off and show the silverbacks what they’re getting.
Q: Do I hang the newbies out to dry? Do I continure to hand over everything my partner and I worked so hard to create? Do I have a responsibility to help them be effective replacements?