Re: Tenure at Minnesota (fwd)

Marcy Bauman (marcyb@UMD.UMICH.EDU)
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 16:50:33 -0400

On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, Jeffrey R Galin wrote:

That statement scared me, too, Jeff.

> What an exciting time to be entering the rank and file of
> never-to-be-tenured faculty.

I think there are two things to be learned from what's happening
at Minnesota. The first is, that if this profession is moving in the
direction of hiring people and giving them very little job security and
low pay and long hours with no hope of reward (as is the case with nearly
all comp instruction), then it may not be worth entering or staying in.
We all ought to be thinking about what else we could do that might be
fun. (And I mean that to sound sort of flip.)

Second, it seems clear to me that the people who _do_ manage to stay
in this field in decent positions will be people who have been able to
tell which way the wind's blowing, and exploit that. Technology is on
our side. But also clearly, we have to be able to position ourselves . . .


Marcy Bauman
Writing Program
University of Michigan-Dearborn
4901 Evergreen Rd.
Dearborn, MI 48128

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