Thursday, August 07, 2014
And yes, we’re big supporters of the movement to recruit Weird Al to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. You can find the petition here. Get Weird, America!
The big news to me is that Weird Al must have been quite young when he became well known.
1) Both the faculty jobs and alt-ac jobs are a result of baby boomers retiring. The past focus on university retirement replacements was misplaced because those people have little incentive to retire at a normal age. The same is not true at the HS or CC level, where the teaching load is high and budgets have been balanced with larger classes. Regional 4-year or MA campuses are also not a sinecure for older faculty whose research has ended or is winding down. I know lots of boomers with target dates from 65 to 67, either recently retired or soon to be.
2) I doubt if anyone keeps stats on "difficulty of staffing", so it has to all be anecdotes. There do seem to be more classes uncovered than usual this year at this point in the pre-semester. I also know that we have had really robust application pools for job openings in the last year, indicating a lot of supply (no surprise), but I have also observed some lateral moves (from t-t to t-t) happen easily enough that we are not the only ones hiring f-t t-t faculty.
On the flipside, women need to reward men who own their share of parenting. A lot of men who attempt to do this are punished or appear to be punished for it.
I'd take that with a large truckload of salt, unless you have reason to trust your admin.
We saw class sizes go up 25% because of 'a shortage of qualified instructors', meanwhile HR wasn't accepting resumes because 'we have all the instructors we need'.