Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Do You Ever Get That Feeling...

that because you manage to accomplish things without institutional support that they now have decided that you don't "need" support because you manage "just fine" without?

I have that feeling right now. And my response is that I will not be doing so much grading in the fall, I'm eliminating my availability for student mentoring (for things like theses and such), I'm refusing any and all service requests (beyond those to which I am already committed) no matter how noble the cause. Because you know what? This is bullshit. Let some of the people who are getting help do the motherfucking work.

8 comments:

Rose said...

YES, this happens to me too. It makes me furious.

Auto Ethnographer said...

Yes, and I wish to god that I knew a single male faculty person who was "expected" to take on the amount of service that every single woman I know (below the full professor rank) is expected to carry. We are enablers of this gendered bullshit unless we start saying no, without any apologies.

Anastasia said...

Well, I'm not faculty but you sort of just described my whole graduate school experience right here: "that because you manage to accomplish things without institutional support that they now have decided that you don't "need" support because you manage "just fine" without?"

yup.

Rose said...

Oh that reminds me that it happened to me in graduate school too.

Janice said...

Oh, yeah. I'm back on thankless administrative task for the next academic year AND without the course release that I had negotiated would be linked to this position when I handed it off last year.

I am so furious, some days, that I could spit nails. Especially at other profs (all male) who get full releases for their admin duties and/or are too busy for service because of their important research agendas.

Ann said...

This is why the word NO is my new BFF. You should feel free to use my copy of NO any time!

I think it's reasonable to give people what they pay for, and no more. (For more on this, see my "Excellence without Money" series at historiann.com)

Bridgett said...

It appears that this is a crowded boat that we're all in. In light of the recent unilateral bump in my course caps that has given me an extra section's worth of students stuffed into my present sections, I'm cutting way back on grading and service too. On the class I'm forced to team-teach on an overload, I'm waiting for the male full prof (who just couldn't handle the class himself because he had summer plans) to take the lead on syllabus planning. If we show up on the first day and he blinks expectantly at me, oh well.

NO. And more NO. You get what you pay for.

Good Enough Woman said...

Preach, sister.