4 years ago
A blog about life after academia via multiple tenure denials.
I got through the process successfully at the new job, but I still can't look closely at the process. I can't read anyone else's dossier, for example.This is a statement I can very much agree with. Even though I did not make it through my second tenure application, I could see that if I had made it, it would have been very difficult to serve on a P&T committee. I imagine I'd be overly generous by way of compensation, knowing the living hell that awaits those flushed out of the system. But--therein lies the problem. There is a self-selection effect for college tenure committees. Those people who have actual human emotions and sympathy tend to select themselves out of the process. Or they are selected out by their peers. This then leads to a preponderance of assholes on the college committee. I don't think it happens as much at the department level. At that level there is a enough forced sharing around of responsibilities that there is at least a chance that you might get someone with actual humanity involved occasionally. At the college level, it is usually an elected position. Someone has to say to themselves "Ya, I WANT to do that."