Friday, July 29, 2005
These People Have Tenure
I got a call from a tenured professor who was upset that she was being charged for destroying her college-issued laptop. She destroyed it by running it over with her car.
She. ran. it. over. with. her. car.
In what context would this even happen? Under what circumstances, other than sheer malice, would you actually run over your laptop with your car? How would the laptop get under the wheels in the first place? Did the car drive itself into the dining room, hop up onto the table, and accelerate?
I’ve spend the last few weeks going over this in my mind, again and again.
Did the laptop have a death wish? Was it struck with the ‘Darwin’ virus, causing it to grow legs? Maybe the laptop lost its will to live after a particularly insipid email?
The tenured professor insists that it is grossly unfair that she be charged. After all, the laptop was relatively old.
She has tenure, and I don’t. And I’m supposed to manage her.
I’ll just avoid her in the parking lot.
I managed to ruin a suitcase like this once. I thought the other person had put it in the car. They hadn't. It was behind the car. It got run over. It's now rather squashed.
I think she should take responsibility though, accident or not, the college shouldn't have to pay for her mistake.
Hey, it could happen, right?
I'd like to know dept. granted her tenure. I mean, that seems to me to have everything to do with it.
But I have a colleague who can't work the microwave or photocopier. And another who make the secretaries print out all of his emails because he refuses to learn.
But to fully run it over takes some doing.
Kudos for her to giving in to abandon and then being victimized enough by it to shirk responsibility. She's a 21st century hero!
I had a colleague in the past for whom the university got a new computer because he dropped his down the stairs. (At least it was a laptop!) Actually, I think the U paid for 3/4 of it - he did have to pay a little. I suggested to the admin. asst. that perhaps the U would find it a little suspicious if I dropped my big desktop down the stairs, otherwise I'd try for a nice new laptop too!