Humiliation and Longing: Part II of my discussion with Tenured Radical of Terry Castle's The Professor

If you recall, when Tenured Radical and I broke off yesterday in Part I of our discussion of Terry Castle’s The Professor and Other Writings, we were talking about the odd attraction and revulsion that characterizes relationships between academics and public intellectuals.  At least, it’s why I’ve always forgiven Gore Vidal for his nasty swipes at the … Continue reading Humiliation and Longing: Part II of my discussion with Tenured Radical of Terry Castle's The Professor

DePaul tenure process takes a turn for the. . .

WTF, dudes?  First, DePaul denies tenure to Norman Finklestein, then five out of its seven tenure denials this year were women.  But they’re now rushing to tenure two adjuncts who have never been granted tenure-track positions or been through the annual review process for probational faculty?  As one Associate Professor called it, DePaul apparently has … Continue reading DePaul tenure process takes a turn for the. . .

Tenured Radical on norming, not-normals, and justice

Tenured Radical has a boffo deuce of posts this week:  First, in “More Annals of the Great Depression:  What Divides Us, and Why,” she writes about the fact that the budget-crisis hill some of her colleagues want to die on is the (astonishingly generous!) tuition benefit at her university, although it is only for children of … Continue reading Tenured Radical on norming, not-normals, and justice

Teaching and tenure: what counts (and what's good?)

Well, if you teach in a Ph.D.-granting institution, what counts is research, and if you teach in a bachelor’s degree-only institution, it’s teaching.  With apologies to Depeche Mode, not “Everything Counts, in Large Amounts.”  This unsurprising result is brought to you by a national survey of Political Science departments, published in the most recent edition of … Continue reading Teaching and tenure: what counts (and what's good?)

Just in case you thought that tenure at Harvard and a prominent role in government oversight would mean that you were taken seriously…

Think again!  (That is, if you think that the U.S. government and publicly subsidized banking system should work for the little people instead of for the banksters.  I’m sure Larry Summers is taken to be a very serious person.)  Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand–not so much.  Lambert at Corrente was all over this last … Continue reading Just in case you thought that tenure at Harvard and a prominent role in government oversight would mean that you were taken seriously…

Women's History Month book club: Judith Bennett's "History Matters" Part III at Tenured Radical

Tenured Radical has posted her essay for Part III of our discussion of Judith Bennett’s History Matters, where she discusses premodern history, the academic job market’s bias towards the modern, and Bennett’s call for women’s historians to write more “lesbian-like” history.  The conversation is happening there now, so come on over and join in the fun!  (If you … Continue reading Women's History Month book club: Judith Bennett's "History Matters" Part III at Tenured Radical

Major League cool: John Waters! Plus a "Tenure" update.

Well, everyone’s a “citizen journalist” now, aren’t we?  Historiann has some more movie news to report!  While she and her entire family were visiting this city (pictured at right) a member of her family, who was in this neighborhood (pictured at left) happened to see one morning that a movie was being filmed there.  Last Sunday morning, … Continue reading Major League cool: John Waters! Plus a "Tenure" update.