[Marxism] Response from CU Chancellor's OfficereChurchillWitchHunt

Louis R Godena louisgodena at ids.net
Thu Aug 3 18:14:23 MDT 2006

Do any of you know of a single instance where a university teaching job --  
even one without "tenure track"-- went begging for lack of applicants?   I 
don't; in fact, I have trouble imagining such a situation.   More likely 
that a carpenter or other skilled craftsman would refuse work with a 
contractor of ill repute in the expectation that another job would come 
along sooner or later.   That's not the case with academia.   The supply of 
willing workers there far, far exceeds the demand.   Just a simple fact of 
economics which the fact of tenure tends to obscure.

Louis G

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "La Sainte" <lasainte at earthlink.net>
To: "Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition" 
<marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Thursday, August 03, 2006 4:05 PM
Subject: RE: [Marxism] Response from CU Chancellor's 

> Yes, Michael, the firing of Ward Churchill would scare the mainstream 
> types. I'm an ABMT in Psychology. What makes the concept of tenure so 
> attractive is that with tenure one is (supposed to be) less likely to 
> become a victim of the vagaries of a university administration. A 
> hypothetical example: if I had a Ph.D. and been devoting all my time to 
> research in, say, psychopathic personality disorder, but the 
> administration of the university where I teach and work has decided that 
> my field of research is no longer sexy enough and decide to find some way 
> to fire me and hire someone whose field is much more attractive to them. 
> They find a benign error or two in my work to justify their getting rid of 
> me even though I am tenured. The result is my colleagues are not going to 
> want to apply to my university knowing they just might get the shaft 
> because the administration doesn't like the field of research they're 
> doing. No matter how desperate these colleagues may be they would be very 
> reluctant to apply to that university.

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