By this time next year, my department will have lost a third of its tenured faculty. Three people. (They retired, in case anyone starts worrying about their fate).
These three people cumulatively taught 18 courses per year.
What do you think happens when they retire? Do I hire untenured lecturers to teach these 18 courses?
Ha. Ha. Ha.
I don’t hire anybody because nobody gives me a crooked dime for that. I’m supposed to get those courses taught without any new people.
Nobody gives a bleep.
The administration tells me that if I can’t make the program work without these professors, they will eliminate the program.
I haven’t watched that new TV series The Chair but if it tells you that the biggest challenge of being department Chair is anything other than what I described, it’s stupid and very annoying.