People over 50 (often with serious health conditions) are all eager to teach in person. The healthy 30 to 50 cohort is almost invariably too terrified. Next semester is going to be all gray-haired professors teaching on campus and all the young faculty uploading PowerPoints from home.
I also found that nobody under the age of 50 has any interest in what will happen to our enrollments if we move 75% of teaching online or whether the students want this. For some weird reason, the only professors who ask “but is this what the students want? Has anybody asked the students?” are over the age of 70.
I have been asking students. It’s obviously all anecdotal but 100% of the students I asked are desperate to come back to campus. They all start with, “no offense, profe, and I really liked your course*, but online learning sucks.” They are getting into debt for this education. Shouldn’t somebody at least ask them? We are going 100% on what professors choose but how fair is it to ask the young people to pay for your neuroses?
And before you mention that many professors are older and are at risk, it’s the older ones I can’t keep off campus!
* They are being polite. My teaching sucked something fierce. The worst teaching I’ve ever done.