Professors Are Healing

Here is how people voted regarding the NeMLA conference in March:

  • Out of 296 respondents, about 84 percent will travel to Philadelphia to attend NeMLA in person so long as all precautions set by the CDC as of March 2021 are complied with.
  • Out of 294 respondents, about 86 percent will travel to participate in the convention in person if stronger COVID-19 treatment options are in place.
  • Out of 292 respondents, about 28 percent will travel to Philadelphia to participate in the convention in person only if there is a vaccine.
  • Out of 299 respondents, about 94 percent will participate in the convention virtually if circumstances necessitate.
  • Out of 295 respondents, about 38 percent would prefer a virtual conference in 2021.
  • Out of 295 respondents, if the convention occurs in person, about 90 percent would provide their own computer if they were chairing and had to host remote presenters via online conferencing.
  • Out of 295 respondents, about 72 percent would be willing to livestream with their own technology if they were chairing and if the convention was taking place in person.
  • Out of 237 respondents, about 91 percent would be comfortable working with panel members to coordinate livestreams.
  • Out of 296 respondents, about 28 percent have funding restrictions from their institutions that may affect participation in the 2021 convention.
  • Out of 293 respondents, about 19 percent have travel restrictions from their institutions that may affect participation in the 2021 convention.
  • Out of 293 respondents, about 76 percent will participate in the 2021 convention whether or not they receive travel funding.

Only 28% are total idiots and only 38% are partial idiots. This is an unusually good result for academia.

Based on the vote, the organizing committee is planning to do a normal, in-person conference.

We don’t completely suck, we don’t completely suck, we don’t completely suck!

9 thoughts on “Professors Are Healing”

  1. “a normal, in-person conference.”

    Meanwhile I’m stuck on the organizing committee of a remote conference (in a couple of months but… blech).

    Apparently one major Polish university is going all remote next year….. mine is debating (one idea is for a mix of in person classes and video lectures…. which is better than nothing, but….

    Meanwhile the daily fatality rate (over the last 7 days ) has been 7 (technically 7.2) …. (in a country of 38 million….)

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  2. Only 28% are total idiots…
    So who are the total idiots? The ones who will only travel if there is a vaccine or the ones with funding restrictions?

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  3. I wouldn’t be worried about the conference, but I would be nervous about taking a flight, especially if it were full or almost full.

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    1. I’d support canceling altogether for a year. But there needs to be a way to make sure that it’s just for a year irrespective of what happens vaccine-wise next.

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