The kind of proposal I make after being forced to teach four courses for a semester.

My latest for Vitae is here. Since I’ve already gotten some Twitter pushback for this essay, let me offer up some additional explanation.

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.

Posted by Jonathan Rees

Professor of History, Colorado State University - Pueblo.

1 comment

Yes! I think this would be great! It could be similar to the model that some R-1s pursue where research scientists who bring in large grants and run big multi-scholar collaborative research projects can use their grant money to buy out part of their teaching load.

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