Darla invited us to dream. The AAUP is urging us to consider "multiple ways to [tenured] salvation." And the Coalition on the Academic Workforce is surveying contingent faculty in an attempt "to develop institution- and discipline-specific information as the basis for a more textured, differentiated, and realistic picture of contingent faculty members’ working lives and working conditions."
Current attempts to reform the university may well come to naught, as similar efforts have in the past. But, if you had your druthers, what would the majority of academic jobs look like? Would all of them offer at least the possibility of tenure? Would all of them include -- and reward -- teaching, research and service? Would some faculty members specialize in just one or two of the three? Would such specialization last for a whole career, or would there be an opportunity to switch focus from time to time? Is it possible to offer such an option without making teaching the "booby prize" for those whose attempts at research and/or department-level administrative posts don't cut it?
If you ran the university, what would our jobs look like? Please answer below.