I have a dilemma. Before I hire anybody, I have to fill out a paper explaining what race they are and if it’s an undesirable race, I have to explain why I’m hiring a white person.
Since it’s COVID time, many of the people I hire are not local and I don’t meet them in person. I don’t do Zoom interviews either because life is too short and I’m overzoomed already.
So how am I supposed to know the applicants’ race? Seriously, what’s the strategy? Do a Zoom meeting just to ascertain their color? Investigate them online? Ask the area supervisor who does know them in person? “By the way, what color is Josh?” All of this feels deeply bizarre.
On the positive side, I think I finally found people to cover all our courses in the Fall. I now know that our biggest problem is finding people to teach the beginner language courses. Since full-time instructors are unionized, it’s impossible to hire them without getting something like a non-tenure line approved, and that’s extremely hard. So we have to scramble to find a bunch of mostly random people for these courses every semester. Departments with graduate programs use graduate students for this but we are screwed.
There is a way out. It consists of repealing the language requirement and not offering beginner level language courses at all.