Friday, April 08, 2016

You Say You Want a Revolution

Well we've got one and seems like now no one much wants a revolution. This revolution is unlike others. Those that were in power would hardly see it that way but they exercised their power  through a Dean who was paralyzed when it came to what made sense for those paying the bills. So for ten years the tyrants ruled. In that time there were many activities that seemed unreasonable except that someone wanted them. Like:

1. Hire your buddy as a adjunct.
2. Start a Center and Certificate so I can get time off from teaching to be a director even though neither helps students become more employable.
3. Fly me and my pals to South America every other year to make 10 minute talks and then chill out.
4. Teach a class with 5 students or fewer in it.
5. The side deal -- record a course and run it as summer teaching while also on a summer research grant.
6. Teach American law to Polish students in Poland because two or three whiners will be oh so sad if you do not.
7. Pimp out the students by paying faculty to find the students unpaid summer jobs for which the get law school credit and pay full tuition although no one is teaching anyone. 
8. Be of counsel for a law firm and but appear as an amicus brief writer and organizer for the issue the firm favors, 
9. Take 15 years off to raise your kids.
10. Teach your regular load which is supposed to constitute a full time job when joined with research but then add about 5 more hours for a  nice bump in salary and them brag about how many hours you teach. 
11. Badger your colleagues for contributions to establish a foundation or endowment and then pass out the money to rich kids.

I doubt this will appear in any Panama papers or that the President of Brazil had a hand in the corruption and oppression but it was the Law School equivalent.

And then the revolution came in the form of a 5 foot 6, 120 pound dean with great insight into who the generals should be. Kind of a Trojan horse of a dean because no one expected what was really inside. A sweet move; some refer to the dean as a stealth dean.  Think of Castro landing quietly in Cuba in the 1950s. There is resistance but all the former established has is a sense of entitlement, secret efforts to rile up students and alums (all of whom will be better off after the revolution), and office to office campaigning. 

I love a good revolution.


Anonymous said...

Why on earth are this dean's physical measurements relevant?

NBA said...

There's a bit of confusion about what constitutes a revolution per se.

"Membership in, alliance with, or support of any organization, group, or party advocating or dedicated to the overthrow of the government by violence" is a violation of Florida Bar Rule 3-4.7.

Any sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people work won't happen.

What's most likely to happen is the moving around in a path similar to a circle with bit of increased momentum in a forward direction. And that's less of a revolution and more akin to evolution, which is also known as "progress." 👊

Jeffrey Harrison said...

Dear anon. Thanks for your question. In a word - everything. Our new dean is no victim in any sense of the word but resistance is, I believe, motivated by sexism and ageism. Plus when I ask myself whether not being 6'2" makes a difference I think so. There a fair amount of literature on how height helps overcome variable barriers to success. I hasten to add that I can only speak for planet earth. A