I just got back from a senate meeting where the new procedure for getting travel expenses reimbursed for conference presentations was given to us as a non-voting information item. In other words, we were not asked to approve it, just to recognize that it was now the way things were.
We now have to explain to our dean in writing how the research we intend to present will be used in our classrooms. I teach mostly freshman classes. I research an obscure corner of my field. My dean has no background in my field, and to explain to him what I do, I'd have to give him a sixteen week seminar just to bring him up to speed. Essentially, my travel expenses will never again be funded by the
university, even though I'm simultaneously expected to attend
This amounts to a pay cut for anyone whose research isn't pedagogical. When asked, in the very brief time carved out for discussion, we were told that "the university just wants to know what it's getting for its money."
Does anyone else have such a stupid, stupid policy in place, or is it just us? Where the hell do administrators get such idiotic ideas!