I’m so sad. My favorite Associate Dean who was carrying the whole college on his shoulders got promoted out of the college. This is a man who inspired me every day with his work ethic that always made it clear to me what made this country great.
I don’t even know if I want to be Chair anymore because it’s all going to be one sad mess without this guy. I’m happy for him, of course. He deserves the promotion. It’s all going to be a huge mess without him.
At the meeting where this was announced, I couldn’t even say anything nice to him because I was afraid I’d cry. Then I yelled at the Dean for 15 minutes, and that made me feel better.
The reason I yelled at the Dean is that the administration is creating terrible working conditions for our non-tenured workers, expecting them to work for free as they wait for a contract that might never be offered. The Dean said, “Many people don’t work for money but because they like teaching.” At that point, I completely lost it because that’s a guy who makes $140,000 a year and he thinks it’s cute to say that people who are paid $3,200 to teach a course should be happy to work for free. Thankfully, the Chair of Sociology hates this kind of thing even more than I do, so she joined in at an even higher pitch.
That’s what we are left with now that our Associate Dean is leaving. This cheap, vapid casuistry of “you are a loser Chair if you can’t get people to work for free.”