Thursday, September 15, 2005
In a Nutshell
Visiting Big Shot: Do you carry academic rank?
VBS: So do you have tenure?
VBS: But the faculty you supervise have tenure?
VBS: So they can just tell you to jump in a lake, and you have to take it?
VBS: So how the hell do you manage them?
Let me tell you how I lost 6 weeks of my life last year, as an untenured member trying to work collegially with tenured members who think that tenure means they can abuse the rules, push people around, and ignore the needs of curriculum, campus etc.
No, actually, I won't tell you because it's a private matter, but being junior and untenured can be a BIG problem when trying to work with the big fish (who don't even realise they are in really small pond).
"I hate group work."