Re: hittin' the road

Bob King (kingbx@HAMLET.UNCG.EDU)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 08:20:26 -0400

Right now it seems to me that consulting occupies a chunk of ground
between corporate and academic structures. Non-profits occupy another
chunk of ground between, as do some gov. sponsored initiatives like
banding like-minded folks together to start a charter school. When I
think of hitting the road, these possibilities come to mind as
destinations -- anybody have additions?

RE: tenure and freedom of speech. The argument that tenure protects
academic freedom is, in practice, in many cases, specious! First of all,
a person gets hired as a tenure track faculty first of all because it's
likely they already "fit in" with the existing faculty mindset at an
institution. Then, if they prove otherwise in the next 6 or so years, they
don't get tenure anyway.

I think we have can look at the questions such as: who benefits from
tenure, what exactly are the benefits that aren't already guaranteed by
the constitution, what are the net effects of tenure in terms of morale,
etc. Personally, the idea of tenure is a disincentive for me to want to
work in academic institutions -- I'm not interested in proving myself to
anyone, not interested in any more grading rituals! :)