>*Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
As Bill and Ted would say, things are most bogus and non-triumphant at Rust Belt U these days, my friends. There is chaos at the top and it’s pretty much unbloggable, especially since my tenure file still sits in the Provost’s office, now weeks overdue for a decision. I’m actually thinking of alternative careers because the atmosphere here is so demoralizing.
This is partly why you haven’t had a substantive post from me in awhile. The other reason is Pippi, who is utterly time-consuming in the most wonderful ways. I could write more, but I’m pretty sure you don’t want more “why my dog rocks” posts, unless it’s Friday dog blogging. But I will say that those alternative careers I’ve been thinking about include animal-related ones, though I had thoughts about such things long before Pippi. Once upon a time I wanted to be a zoologist, but I got frustrated with basic level science, even though I was good at it, because I wanted to move on to the Big Questions, but you don’t really get to do that at the undergrad level very much in the sciences. And I wouldn’t even get to the zoology part until graduate school. But now I’m day-dreaming about doing those basic science classes so I can get into Vet school. The one in our state has a joint DVM-PhD program, and I’m thinking about the areas I was once interested in in zoology — animal behavior, in particular — but now in more pragmatic terms of the behavior and well-being of domestic and/or zoo animals. The joint program would allow me to be a practitioner-researcher, and open faculty positions as an option, too. Imagine having options! Imagine having a range of possible careers! I could even teach a class on medieval bestiaries and animal fables to DVM students — and I’d bring Karl in as a guest lecturer! (Well, I suppose I could do that now, except we don’t have a Vet school at RBU.)
But that’s all a daydream at the moment. And really, do I want many more years of school on top of the ones I’ve already spent? Really? (Though if I did it, I might start a new blog called Doctor Doctor Doctor Virago. Hee!)
But back to our most bogus adventures at RBU…I’m trying to work out ways to talk about it, because I want to do so in response to Tenured Radical‘s call to replace tenure with unionization. The long and short of it is, at our university at the moment, if we had only 5-year contracts and a union, instead of having a tenure system *and* a union, we’d be totally screwed. Well, those of us not in the applied sciences and professional schools would, anyway, and I’d already be working on my pre-vet pre-reqs because I probably wouldn’t have a job for next year. Seriously.
(Btw, Pippi proofread this post. She tried to get in my lap, stared intently at the screen, and then got down.)