Busy day–we’re still teaching classes here, with our dogforsaken 16-week semesters. But then, as Dr. Crazy noted yesterday, they end. (Finally!) And then, we begin all over again.
Don’t miss Dr. Crazy’s thoughts about teaching, and the myth that college professing is all about b!tching about teaching and cutting corners:
People act like professors are a bunch of slackers who don’t want to teach. Look: I teach four courses a semester. And I don’t hate teaching, and I don’t actually want to teach less. I want the time to teach the way that I’m capable of teaching – I want time to really reflect on the work that I do as a teacher, to design new assignments, to think about the texts that I teach and to connect those ideas to the ways in which I present those texts to my students. I want time to do my best by my students. And that is the thing that is lost in the current structure of higher education, for tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty alike. For those of us on the tenure-track, we’re so burdened with the work of running the university that teaching gets short shrift, regardless of how many courses per semester we teach. For those off the tenure-track, they are so burdened with their contingent status (lack of office space, lack of job security, lack of resources to do their jobs well – like computers, photocopying privileges, etc. – and while these issues are tougher for part-timers, they affect full-time non-t-t faculty as well).
Discuss. Or just make fun of Gaston, a prime example of an anti-intellectual, abusive creep.