Thursday, November 6, 2014

This Fucking Profession, Man.

Q: What are you going to do about it?


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  1. I'm going to take up pipe bombs as a new research direction.

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  2. Do you mean, besides commenting on Twitter? As if that wern't enough.

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    1. Do we have a like button? We should. LIKE!

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  3. I'm going to continue to eat their shit until I feel I can stop. I don't feel like that yet. My chair is absolutely the worst administrator I've ever come across. And I've witnessed some faculty get horrific and subtle punishments for not playing the game. So until someone else is chair - or I am - I'm going to smile and move along. I play with my baby and count my blessings to be fully employed, if not fully engaged.

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  4. I'm going to be a better me, lose 10 lbs., brush and floss with alacrity and precision. I'm going to teach MY classes to the best of my ability, and continue to not give a damn what YOU do in YOURS.

    Or maybe the weight loss thing is silly.

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  5. Try to get a job to continue the misery for another 20 - 30 years...and drink beer and wine. Lots of beer and wine.

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  6. Private sector. I get paid about as much as I would if I were adjuncting but get lots more respect.

    I get to 86 people who waste my and my other clients time and if they don't like it then tough. I'm both the dean and college president around here.

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  7. Heya, EMH. Glad to see you survived with bio-gel packs intact.

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  8. I don't know. I just don't know. But Hiram's idea sounds pretty good (the keep-on-keeping-on part, not the losing-10 lbs.-will-make-life-better part. I'm increasingly thinking that the Health At Every Size folks are right -- or as right as anyone is -- on that subject. Or maybe I just like trying to make time for moving more and eating healthy, tasty food much more than I do traditional dieting).

    Some adjuncts are planning a walkout in February. I might find a way to support that effort (despite being in a right-to-work state).

    Or maybe EMH has a job for me?

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  9. I think Hiram has it about right. I'm thinking more and more than having a long view in this profession can be an emotional danger. So I'll teach the students in front of me the stuff that matters, and let the dead bury the dead.

    Of course, I live in a state that, to judge from Tuesday's results, may not have a profession of higher eduction in four years. So maybe I'll move. Somewhere with sun. And a beach, I think.

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  10. I will try to:
    * model effective and professional behavior in the classroom and the meeting room.
    * project a sense of optimism that we can work for the betterment of our institution and our roles within it, as well as our personal satisfaction.
    * remain helpful to colleagues by being a resource for them, their sounding board, and their advocate, particularly the newest ones.

    I will try not to:
    * let the misdeeds of silverbacks, who should know better, goad me into acting less mature than I should be.
    * vent my occasional sense of hopelessness to any but my closest colleagues who I know won't also be brought down by it; I will especially try not to piss in the well in front of our newset colleagues.
    * empty more bottles of beer and booze than can reasonably be held in the recycle bin between weekly pick-ups.

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