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News: Talk about how to cope with chronic illness, disability, and other health issues in the academic workplace.
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 on: Yesterday at 07:52:39 pm 
Started by wet_blanket - Last post by mamselle
Ah. The gremlins got bored and began to feel forlorn and unloved and went elsewhere.

Gremlins do that.

Good move, you smoked 'em out.


 on: Yesterday at 07:49:11 pm 
Started by terpsichore - Last post by mamselle
It's reminding me of when Frenchdoctor would get going on a deconstructivist sentence that was Dickensian in length and brillant in content.


 on: Yesterday at 07:37:59 pm 
Started by AcademicNewbie - Last post by glowdart
Take one weekend day off from all work.
Eat your veggies.
Start a tenure box now. Put everything in it. File that in a folder in June and start accumulating again next year.
If you don't do written annual reports, then start doing that, too, and add it to your box. Open the file now and keep track of what you're doing.
Go to things when invited.
Go for walks around campus.
Keep your door open so that you are part of the hallway chatter, even if it's distracting.
Go out to coffee with colleagues.
Be good to the staff, always.


 on: Yesterday at 07:36:26 pm 
Started by mountainguy - Last post by vkw10
Selecting a book that you know has been out of print for a decade is marginally okay for a small graduate seminar. It's irresponsible when the course typically enrolls 300 lower division non-majors students every semester. Stop taking your frustration about having to teach the course again out on students.

 on: Yesterday at 07:35:10 pm 
Started by chron7 - Last post by glowdart
I agree. Shake it off and move on. People will have their opinions, and those may change, and you may not know who thought what for real and who was teaming with who because it was politically wise at that moment in time. We all have colleagues who regret voting to tenure or not to tenure someone. It was a moment in time and you emerged victorious.

Congrats on tenure. The first year after is hard, so know that going in. And really, mostly, kick your feet up, toast your success, and try to remember the a**hole behaviors you experienced when you're on a committee so that you don't replicate it for your junior colleagues by accident.

 on: Yesterday at 07:28:28 pm 
Started by glowdart - Last post by glowdart

 on: Yesterday at 07:13:41 pm 
Started by hayduke - Last post by RetiredOne
My reply starts by making the assumption that you are at a large institution, or an institution engulfed by a “system.”  I also reference the “leadership watch” thread in the “News and Opinions” section of this forum, and its original question about leadership turmoil in higher education. 

In my experience, given your allegations, no one above your Chair cares much about the evaluation he/she gave you; nor your opinion of the Chair.  Unfortunately, with today’s university or college systems, individuals in senior campus leadership positions couldn’t care less about you silly, little food fight with your Chair – they’ve got bigger troubles than managing the delivery of educational services.  They got issues of “real importance” with the bureaucrats in the system offices breathing down their communal necks and crawling up their communal colons about some make work report or meeting required by “The System.” (or the need for the system to increase revenues--whatever the new audience for their greed)  To survive, senior campus leaders must have a narrowly focused vision of “how do I get to the next rung on the ladder, at the next institution, before this place implodes?”

How would the various colleges, universities and systems I worked for handle your situation – for at least the last twenty-five years, exactly as your institution is handling it.

Unless you somehow factor into that system driven strategy for senior leadership survival, nobody in senior leadership cares about your inability to get along with others or whether the department chairs for the last twelve years have taken a dislike to you (I have to believe there has been more than one person?).   Want to be important?  Want to be heard?  (1) Raise incredible amounts of funding, find a patron inside the system offices, or better yet a whale in the alumni to adopt you; or (2) file a lawsuit or in some other way make your dispute public.  Either way, you’ll get quick resolution; only the outcomes will vary.

The reason the arguments in higher education are so protracted is because the stakes are so small.  Bring donuts for the department one morning each week (make sure the secretary knows it was you); sit in your office with your door open, in your socks and wearing an old sweater, a couple times a week and say hello to everyone who walks by; find out when and where your Dean eats, twice a month go there to eat, stopping by the Dean’s table to say hello.  Your troubles will go away.  In the end, it is always the little things that ruin us.

Best of luck.

 on: Yesterday at 07:04:48 pm 
Started by drsyn - Last post by vkw10
New tissue paper holders were installed in the restrooms on my floor today.

 on: Yesterday at 06:56:41 pm 
Started by chron7 - Last post by ruralguy

You were doing your job and so were they.

Nothing to see here, carry on.

Now if someone had specific suggestions on what you could do to improve, then think about it.
But don't start approaching those individuals with melodramatic overtures.

 on: Yesterday at 06:56:17 pm 
Started by jonesey - Last post by vkw10
My last university once pulled a batch of ads because someone realized that an old diversity statement had been used. They were re-posted two days later. I had just sent the posting for search I was chairing to email lists, so I was inundated with questions. It will probably be re-posted soon.

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