Thursday, March 10, 2005

Why I can't wait to get tenure

Yesterday, a colleague (tenured) came into my office to chat. Most of the conversation revolved around how much this colleague hates the textbook for one of our intro-level courses. (For consistency, we use the same textbook across all sections of the intro courses.) Tenured Colleague did most of the talking; I spent most of the conversation smiling and nodding.

What I wanted to say, but could not: "Well, if you HATE the textbook so much, then where the HELL were you when we were SELECTING THE DAMN TEXTBOOK last summer?????"

Rule #106 of academia: Those who complain the loudest about any decision are those who cannot be bothered to be a part of the decision-making process.


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