17407Re: [mythsoc] Some Interesting Issues: (Was: Re: J. Chance / Marquette)
- Dec 5, 2006Hi!
I am reminded here of Michael D.C. Drout's blog, which talks (in
places) about "Civility in Academia"-- the context is the hiring
process that academic departments go through when hiring academics.
No academic, it seems upon reflection, should want to be an academic.
Check his site: http://acunix.wheatonma.edu/mdrout/
On 12/4/06, Lezlie <lezlie1@...> wrote:
> Just my 2 cents:
> It is also true that academics are required to publish & present at
> conferences as a part of their employment. They get right testy in
> guarding their research and frustrated in obtaining access to private
> collections -- especially if that collection is some distance away
> from home & the research is not supported in some really grounded way.
> You may have witnessed this phenomenon in action.
> They also often have to purchase copy from their publishers for review
> by their departments or for other reasons. In the US, because the job
> market is so very tight, some fields are full of "independent
> scholars" who write, publish, present, and teach either part time
> (because they can't do otherwise) at several institutions, or work in
> the private sector. It is much harder to gain access to libraries or
> to conduct studies in -- say -- psychology without a recognized IRB to
> review the proposals, or to grant write -- but, that seems to be the
> way things are going.
> If you are a new Ph.D. the publishing & presentation part will a)
> leave you broke b) cause your friends and relations to counsel you to
> find a different occupation and c) is **also** required in order to
> land that job somewhere that might get you tenure. Maybe. If you are
> very lucky.
> Some universities insist that Profs. also do a lot of grant writing
> and are reviewed on how much they've contributed to their departments
> in terms of $$ in order to remain employed. Personally, I don't
> begrudge the extra $$ Ph.Ds, Profs. & other teaching faculty make off
> the occasional paying publication, be it about Tolkien or otherwise.
> The sad part is that scholars do all of these things and still don't
> get appointments and start believing that they are somehow deficit in
> either education or something else and go out and get more educated or
> leave their respective fields to teach K-12, work in the private
> sector, or even sling hash. In one case that I know of, she became a
> lawyer. It isn't a pretty picture for the state of original research
> being done in a supported way in **anyone's** field. Lezlie <in the
> middle of it all>
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