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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

I Found My New Rauner

The administration is now saying that we will not get cost-of-living increases unless we recognize that departmental Chairs are not faculty members. This is deranged because they clearly are but that’s not even the point. If we do agree they aren’t faculty, the next thing he will want is that we agree on the meaning of life, the importance of space travel, and minutiae of religious doctrine before getting those puny little salary increases. It’s all a ruse.

But the worst part is that there are already some colleagues who are buying into it and saying, “Well, maybe it is our fault. Maybe we somehow caused the Chancellor trying to give a raise to himself and denying one to us.” 

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2 thoughts on “I Found My New Rauner

  1. “The administration is now saying that we will not get cost-of-living increases unless we recognize that departmental Chairs are not faculty members. ”

    IIRC this is not a question for the universities but rather a question of state statue (IIRC someone provided a link). Has someone publicly asked why he wants people to say the law is not the law?

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    • Our law professors just forwarded a letter to him asking precisely this question. He is not in the habit of answering, so I’m not expecting anything but more pouting from him.

      I now feel nostalgic for the previous Chancellor who was shocked that people in China spoke “a completely different language.”

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