Bright Side

I’m glad I became a Latin Americanist. It’s so much easier. Students are extremely motivated. Everybody is excited. Everybody has a lot to say. There are tons of questions. The classroom is loud because everybody is talking at the same time.

It’s great. Of course it would be even better if we didn’t destroy our tenure line and had a specialist teach this course. But I guess I’m the next best thing.

I’m honestly enjoying the course, so it’s not like I’m advocating on my own behalf. I’m fine, I’m great, I’ll have 7 publications this year (4 articles, one book chapter and 2 reviews), I love the classes I teach. But I can’t get over what happened with the tenure line. I wish I could develop the requisite degree of individualism and only care about what’s good for me but I just can’t. The destruction of the tenure line is good for me as an individual because I can wiggle out of a lot of language teaching and teach something fun. But I still can’t be as self-involved as some people who feel happy over this.

8 thoughts on “Bright Side”

    1. Same here. Courses taught include “Cultures of Spain,” “Spanish Art, Music, and Media,” “Survey of Spanish Literature,” and “Spanish Identities through Literature,” among others. Unlike you, however, when older Latin Americanists retire they will cut the program, and I will probably teach Elementary Spanish until 2045.

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      1. But that is what I think will in fact happen — I am waiting for news of program cutting now! I’m supposed to retire in 2032, though . . . I do wonder how all of it is going to pan out.

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    1. The dean said, “you only have 20 majors, so you don’t need this tenure line.” Thing is, this is an easily provable lie. We have 48 majors. Plus, an enormous number of minors. Plus, the university-wide language req.

      48 majors is not a lot, I agree. But it isn’t 20. So why didn’t our department chair just say so? Because that’s how he is. He’s very nice. Can’t say no to anybody. And here’s the result.

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      1. He is not actually nice, and he has just said no to quite a lot of people by not standing up for the program he is in charge of. Shame on him for putting his relationship with the dean ahead of academics, the field and the profession.

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