I like the "On this day" app on facebook. I don't teach anymore but I'm reminded of things I taught or read and what I thought about them, it's good to reflect now that I'm an official "post-ac" (that's a former academic, mostly adjuncts, who got fed up with the b.s. and left academia for greener pastures). … Continue reading Me & Tony Talk About the Corporatization of Higher Ed on Facebook
What does it look like when academics are sacrificed to other priorities at the university? This is the main reason Chico State faculty have issued a “No Confidence vote about the President of Chico State, Paul Zingg. Let me take my own Department of Sociology at Chico State as an example. We have lost … Continue reading A Message to the Incoming President of Chico State: The Faculty are Unhappy.
For, if anything, if a university is not a community where truth-telling is paramount, it loses its soul and forfeits its purpose. -- Paul Zingg, Response to Resolution of No Confidence, December 9, 2015 On Thursday December 10th, the Academic Senate at Chico State discussed a Resolution of No Confidence in university President Paul Zingg, … Continue reading Chico State: We Have No Confidence
Last week, Tony Waters commented to me that something has changed in me this year. “You’re acting like an Assistant Professor,” he said to me late last week. “You’re not slinking through the shadows like all the other lecturers any more. After ten years you are starting to participat in faculty governance, and everyone was … Continue reading Temporary Lecturers Step From the Shadows at Chico State
Festering discontent at Chico State seems to have reached a point of boiling over in recent weeks following the abrupt resignations of two provosts since 2012, the loss of dozens of faculty across the campus in recent years, and a 2015 Campus Climate Survey which revealed significant dissatisfaction among the faculty and staff. The underlying … Continue reading Chico State and Shared Governance: Lecturers Lean In
One of the neighbor kids came to play at our house last week, playing and painting and hanging out with my 7 year old daughter, Evelyn, and almost 5 year old son, Cristopher. Kevin, the 5 year old neighbor, was painting with the kids, creating a landscape with people in it. Evelyn was teaching the … Continue reading Conversations with Cristopher: The Color of Skin