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 on: Today at 01:52:49 am 
Started by whistle_nut - Last post by leobloom
Well, since you mentioned, I must add that since I am also on one-year contracts, I would look favorably to schools where NTT faculty are given longer contracts. The one potential caveat is that there usually is an initial period of annual contracts before the first multiple-year contract is made.

 on: Today at 01:36:23 am 
Started by no1capybara - Last post by leobloom
OP, you are famous. The Chronicle article about this thread was linked on FB by TheProfessorISIn

 on: Today at 01:32:42 am 
Started by fiona - Last post by betty_p
Respect, Fiona, for taking your circus (and, by extension, your monkeys) seriously.

I'm still learning how to do that.

Lesson one: Abandon Plausible Deniability mode. I've been too plausibly deniable for too long.

 on: Today at 01:22:12 am 
Started by whistle_nut - Last post by mountainguy
I've been NTT for the last five years and just made a lateral (slightly upward) move a year ago. Several factors played into my decision:

1) Salary. I make $10K more pee year at CurrentU than I did at OldU. CurrentU has a much higher cost-of-living area, so my monthly housing budget isn't much different percentage-wise than it was before. But it does make a positive difference in terms of other revolving expenses.

2) Courses taught. OldU had a teaching load of 4-4 that consisted entirely of 100-level general education courses taught to nonmajors in their first year of college (translation: students were often  academically underprepared and bratty). At CurrentU, I teach a much broader range of classes that range from freshman to senior level that are populated mostly by majors and minors who are interested in the material (at least in theory). It's still not all rainbows and sunshine, but the upshot is that at this job, I don't get students crying or yelling in my office.

3) Promotion Potential. Even though I'm on a year-to-year contract at NewU, I can apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer if im still here in a few years. which carries an increase in salary and a few other professional development opportunities. No such promotion potential existed at my previous job.
4) Goegraphic Location. CurrentU has much better weather than OldU and is closer my family than OldU.

Leobloom is right to advise looking at financial stability, although this can be hard to judge at some public universities where state funding can be variable from year to year.

 on: Today at 01:10:13 am 
Started by mickeymantle - Last post by protoplasm

    • Nobody is rubbing her/his hands with evil glee and then belly flopping into a big pile of money

    I never said this. Like they go around telling each other 'let's screw the faculty. It's fun!'  ??? seriously?
    Don't respond to me if you don't want to, but I'm setting the record straight. I never said that. If anything, what these folks do is throw money around and make each other into good samaritans. There was one woman president who turned down a $200K raise or bonus. She had found you can actually survive on $400K a year if you live sensibly, without the extra 200 grand. The board of trustees was beside themselves talking about how frugal she was. Another president actually said 'this money sounds like a lot, but it's not for me. I have children.'
    Here's another good samaritan.     http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/24/news/companies/university-cincinnati-president-bonus/

    They're not 'evil.' They're full of themselves. They justify their pay by what others are paying. Same as they do ours.

    • The academy has allowed a bad, demoralizing, unethical system to develop through no one's fault but through all our inaction, everyone from the adjuncts who feed the system with their bodies up to the presidents who bring in big gifts for building buildings but not for paying personnel (I'm sure someone will disagree with this one)
    • Etc.

    This would be a good thing for the forum to agree on, but remember, they give Polly_Mer an extremely  wide berth, so don't get your hopes up.

     on: Today at 01:01:07 am 
    Started by aristotelian - Last post by history_grrrl
    Hi, all. This was the year of The Great Yard Transformation. The SO came to visit for a few weeks and acted as "project manager." The goal was to get rid of the weedy grass in my side yard and in front of the house (I don't have a backyard, so there's a little deck back there now) and put in (mostly) low-maintenance perennials. So far, so good. Almost everything is blooming except the irises.

    So here's the problem. I have some raised beds: one for strawberries (the squirrels have gotten most of them, but blood meal seems to be working right now); one for tomatoes and cucumbers; and one for other stuff (radishes, onions, carrots, lettuce, etc.). I'm having trouble with the veggies. We planted everything from seed (except the strawberries and tomatoes) in late May. The tomatoes are doing great (as are the strawberries, so I think we see the pattern here), and the radishes have been fair-to-middling. But everything else is kind of meh. The cukes are just a few pathetic sets of leaves (one level only). I've had them before, but it's been so long that I can't remember the growth stages. It seems to me that things aren't really growing.

    I suspect the main problem is not enough water. In the past, I only had a smallish veggie patch and was able to spend a lot of time with it. Now there's so much in the yard that I'm afraid I've been negligent. It's been mostly hot and dry with very little rain. I usually tend to overwater, but think I've erred too far in the opposite direction.

    Any thoughts on whether I can salvage any of this or whether I should plan to start over? Is it too late now for this year?

     on: Today at 12:51:54 am 
    Started by betterslac - Last post by terpsichore
    I think the Chronicle just told us "My circus, my monkeys"

    Indeed. Everything interesting got buried.

     on: Today at 12:36:40 am 
    Started by voxprincipalis - Last post by leobloom
    Where's my banana?

     on: Today at 12:35:34 am 
    Started by whistle_nut - Last post by leobloom
    As for pros and cons, I would mostly look into the financial stability of the institution, the institutional support, and the quality of students.

    Financial stability: I was worried at the time I applied, because my state has made budget cuts across the board. After the campus visit, however, it became evident that higher education will not be negatively affected - in fact one of the changes in the budget was to increase the funds for higher education. On the other hand, my spouse, as manager of a public institution, had to start letting people go due to the cuts.

    Institutional support: I am looking whether there would be available mentoring and support for professional development. Also, if the chair would have my back.

    Quality of students is self-explanatory, I believe. I cannot do much worse as far as public schools go, given the poor quality of the K-12 education locally. My current students are polite (with a slight tendency for backstabbing), but don't react well when they see that there are other problems on the test than those we did in class. I am coming to terms with this, and am even planning for an overhaul of the way I teach, but I would prefer not to have this problem.

     on: Today at 12:31:32 am 
    Started by _touchedbyanoodle_ - Last post by canyonwren3
    Epi - I have a DNF too - my local marathon a number of years ago, started it with a known stress fracture, got to the 2mile point where a side road led to my house, and I went home.  Still a little niggle of disappointment in myself.  Heat (esp. 105!) is no joke - there were people without your health conditions dying out there  these past few weeks.  I think race directors should pull the plug at 100deg., and it was not worth risking it to keep going.  But I know it still stings.  BUT: dnfs in trail running are more common than in road running, and many many people have these.  Look at the DNFs at WS100, including the women's favorite at mile 16.   For we mortals, it isn't like we're not keeping up with the front runners and we'll look bad for our sponsors, so drop rather than coming in slower than we'd planned.  It is being a smart and successful trail runner to not go out there and endanger your health to drop.  You will be careful in training through the summer and build up to your magnificent and fun crossing of the 55k finish line in the fall.  No sense in blowing it now with heat stroke or the like.

    Hrrumph, the Sunday a.m.yoga instructor - been there, and that is why I was so relieved to find the accepting pilates class with lots of old gimpy folk in it who have to modify.  That instructor you encountered shouldn't be teaching yoga. 

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