A modest proposal

wtfHow about humanities faculty and donors start crawling up the a$$es of engineering and business schools all over the United States and Canada about their recent hires? Let’s scrutinize their presence on social media–that’s easier than attempting to master whole fields we know nothing about.  We can just assert that we have all relevant knowledge about university policies and state and federal laws concerning employment, as well as a perfect knowledge of the state of engineering and business scholarship and public engagement?

Who wants to try to get a bunch of business and engineering faculty we don’t even know de-hired? Who’s with me? Wolverines!!!!

No? Well at least we can try to win the internets!  #whoaretheselosers #srsly

7 thoughts on “A modest proposal

  1. HA-ha. What a surprise!

    On the proffie-grad student involvement: I’ve given up. I’ve had it with the stories of dudes who’ve shucked their first wives for one of their own grad students. So many straight men who claim to be so-called feminists my age (and younger!) have taken up with their grad students. Maybe I should start a campaign focused on the students instead. Do people–mostly women–realize that sleeping with and/or falling for one of your grad proffies can really screw up if not totally derail their careers? It more than likely will mess you up rather than benefit the junior partner and (usually) the woman.


  2. UNDERGRADS not grads. So gross. (No offense to undergrads, I found you very attractive back when I was an undergrad, but ew ew ew ew these days.)

    Someone’s mother complained and tenure was denied at an upper admin level. I doubt the previous institution would have cared that much if it had been a grad student. No mother to complain.


  3. Swear to god, back in my STEM grad student days I gave precisely that advice to a classmate. Sure it makes you feel special when respected older researcher takes an interest in you, but from the point of the relationship on, the merits your work will be questioned no matter how brilliant you might be. And your labmates will resent you for perceived favoritism.

    And the situations I knew about where the couple went on to marry all involved her joining him in support of his work.


  4. Mandor: exactly. Just read Bonnie Smith’s The Gender of History and tell me that things have changed all that much since the 19th Century. She’s got a great chapter in there about how professional historians (all male) in the 19th Century were torn between rejecting the female/maternal domestic space, and yet many of them totally relied on the uncredited labors of wives and girlfriends and even children (or all three) in the production of their histories.

    And n&m: EEEEEeeewwwWWW!


  5. I knew a student at my SLAC (undergrad, no grad students) who married her advisor not long after graduating. He resigned from the college before she graduated. Was old enough to be her grandfather.


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