DAYS WITHOUT A CONTRACT: 411
DAYS UNTIL THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR: 6
I am back in town and ready to blog, albeit probably with less coherency than normal, until I actually get another twelve hours of sleep.
That said, I’m only going to link up two things today (expect more content tomorrow morning, honest):
Letters to the editor [The Southern]
Scroll down to the second letter, titled “Why not criticize faculty and ‘so-called research?'” from Marvin Kleinau. Basically the letter seems to be a criticism of faculty criticizing the administration and calling for the administration to criticize faculty teaching and research… (And the circuitous of that sentence calls to mind the song from the Lion King, Circle of Life.) The sort of irony of his argument is that I generally thought that was what administration did, through vehicles like — oh, annual faculty reviews. Still, anyone want to take a stab at answering that?
Central Michigan U. Faculty Give Union Representatives a Green Light to Call a Strike [Chronicle of Higher Education]
97 percent of faculty voting at Central Michigan University voted to strike. Good luck to them, if they do go on strike. Like those of us who are on “strike watch,” I’m sure the goal is simply to get a good contract. A strike is a tool to do so.