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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: Today at 04:49:39 AM 
Started by larryc - Last post by spork
I bring you Vermillion Pleasure Night. You don't want to know how I got there.

One episode and your mind will be altered forever.

 on: Today at 03:58:53 AM 
Started by aandsdean - Last post by feye13gaurav
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 on: Today at 03:48:43 AM 
Started by telemachus - Last post by monsterx
The answer to whether you are safe signing that union card is "it depends".   In some situations, there is no real risk.  In others, it could mean management retaliation. 

Private universities are covered by Federal labor law, and at those, in theory, you are legally protected from retaliation if you are considered a non-management employee.  Who is a non-management employee and what "protected" really means in practice are the big questions.   Whether faculty are management is legally contested, and the protection offered by US law labor law is often not sufficient to keep you from getting fired. 

Public universities will be under state labor law,  and that varies greatly from place to place in terms of what it means for university faculty. 

Ask the organizers about this.  They should be able to explain to you what the situation with this is.  If they can't, they probably ought to bring in a union with expertise to back up their organizing drive; the union staff organizers should know the ins and outs of the local situation. 

If there is no legal protection for union activity, it does not mean it is illegal to organize a union, it just means the employer can fire you for it.     If the union has a lot of influence at the university, for example through other bargaining units being organized, it might be safe enough to sign the card even without legal protection, because the administration won't want to upset their relationship with the union.   But that's something that you can only know by talking to the organizers about it. 

 on: Today at 03:31:42 AM 
Started by larryc - Last post by larryc
That Paul Lynde special is a gem-perfect time capsule of the 70s, in all their glitzy horror.

 on: Today at 03:23:07 AM 
Started by t_folk - Last post by theblondeassassin
Trick or Treats will be on tomorrow
Disguised in what you've begged or borrowed

 on: Today at 03:21:19 AM 
Started by larryc - Last post by fiona
Oh, this is a great thread. I'm already being sucked in by the first postings.

I might surface in a few days.

The Fiona

 on: Today at 03:17:53 AM 
Started by larryc - Last post by larryc
I present you with the Paul Lynde 1976 Halloween special. Guests include Donny and Marie, Tim Conway, Florence Henderson (with a big musical number) and KISS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4psTeRpQ-1o

 on: Today at 02:39:09 AM 
Started by archman - Last post by hegemony
I see your point, but work expands to fill the time available, doesn't it?  You would have spent two months working on those syllabi.  Now they're done.  Two months free!  In the best of all possible worlds, though, we'd get a decent amount of lead time.

 on: Today at 02:09:47 AM 
Started by tortugaphd - Last post by tortugaphd
^Good luck to you, and keep on keeping on!

I agree that administrative posts are the way to go at this stage.  I just got an invitation to direct a small center once I come back from sabbatical.  It will come with 1 course release.  I was told by the current director who is stepping down that the work for running the center doesn't actually add up to a full course, so it's a pretty good deal.  Like you, I'm hoping that the administrative experience will give me mobility.

How many course releases does your administrative post come with?  If it comes with 2, is there the possibility of taking them both in the same semester so you can be on complete teaching release for part of the year?  I know a bunch of people here who do that: hold an administrative post with 2 course releases, and they teach a 0-2.  They say it really makes a difference.

Fingers crossed that you get the sabbatical!

 on: Today at 02:05:54 AM 
Started by discipleofdfw - Last post by kunsthistorikerin
Those are OK, but might not be great because they are along the lines of "so, how much work do I have to do, and how many carrots do I get in return?"

I tried to make these questions very specific to each interview -- I would scour the college and department website for information and ask questions about that.  "So, I noticed that your college has an Honors Basketweaving Program Abroad -- is that something junior faculty can get involved with?"  "I'm really impressed with the collection of Ancient Baskets in your college museum -- do you know if I could get special access to it for teaching an Advanced Basketweaving class?"  "On your website it says that all graduate students have to take a Methods of Weaving Seminar.  Can I ask how that course is taught?  I'm really interested to know which methods are emphasized in your department..."

OK, so these aren't all that great either, but you see my point...I tried to think of questions that came across as, "hey, I've done lots of research and I'm really interested in you!" as opposed to, "so...what can you do for me?"

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