Have you ever noticed that when you argue with administrators, you have to do it on two entirely separate levels? On one level, you want to fight every last single assumption they make. Why do we have to accept permanent austerity? What if higher education isn’t really like a business? Maybe tradition has survived so long for a reason!
At the same time, you probably also want to argue with their smaller points too. If we are in permanent austerity, maybe we shouldn’t hire more associate deans. If we have to go online, perhaps the faculty should be the ones calling the shots in their own classes? I think you know what I mean.
This essay falls into that second category. Just because I’m making it, doesn’t mean that I’m abandoning all arguments in the first category. It just means that I’d really, really like to secure more research time and I’m trying to think outside the box so that me and others like me might secure it.