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  •  Not in Higher Ed either (8+ / 0-)

    The college/U method is to promote a bad prof away.

    "Say, Don, we need your experience and expertise in the dean's office. We'd like you to be the vice dean of student space. It'll be a huge plum on your vita."

    Don: (hatethisplace idiots won't let me work on my sabbatical research on dinosaurs in medieval paintings) "I'm pretty committed to teaching, you know."

    "Sure, but it'll be serving the students, and we'll increase your pay by five HUNDRED dollars."

    Don: (get plane ticket, no work, no teaching the little jerks) "Well, alright."

    So, Don accepts the promotion. Once he becomes administration, guess what happens? He's not tenured. Even if he is, he signs a new contract with new duties and termination for failure to perform.

    Kingsley Amis and Evelyn Waugh had the system sussed out. The real barnacles attach themselves to a desk and won't move.

    Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

    by The Geogre on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 05:20:43 AM PDT

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    •  What you've described... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...only happens to dumb people at bad universities.  You'd have to be dumb to give up your tenure protection in exchange for an administrative position.

      Romney '12: Bully for America!

      by Rich in PA on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 05:39:23 AM PDT

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      •  Dumb? No: vain (7+ / 0-)

        Look, the one quality most often found in lousy profs is vanity. Laziness comes next, but lazy usually doesn't result in a bad professor.  

        A lazy professor opts out of the upper level classes, teaches the lower order stuff, gives all A's, doesn't read the papers. Such a person is easy to accept for most academic bodies, so long as she or he attends the class and provides the lecture from ten years ago.

        A bad professor is usually arbitrary, sometimes there and sometimes not, rioting in all the meeting, spreading gossip, telling the students about the finances, etc. That sort of person usually thinks that Those Fools need to honor her or him more. It's easiest to shunt such a person off to a corner than to worry about a tenure fight, and such people are shockingly willing to accept promotions.

        However, suppose you believe they're "dumb." The other way, and it has gotten rid of more tenured professors than anything else, is to look through the expense reimbursements through the years. I don't know why they do it, but it seems like quite a few like to get reimbursed twice or reimbursed when they're been paid to attend things. That violates tenure.

        Every reductio ad absurdum will seem like a good idea to some fool or another.

        by The Geogre on Fri Jun 22, 2012 at 06:20:15 AM PDT

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    •  That only applies if you get tenure in the first (5+ / 0-)

      place. Tenure isn't bestowed on everyone.

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