We owe each other more.”
And what is this, but yet another call for “special” academics — the young, women, and people of color — to work for free? To sacrifice themselves, without compensation, in the service of some higher moral imperative of academia? More exploitation in the service of the myth.
Will this never change? Has this myth not done enough damage? Do people never learn? Learn that academia will never love you back? That individual effort CANNOT alter structural failure?
Lol, that Kelsky grifter being salty about not getting free publicity
Karen Kelsky says
I did get free publicity? I’m in the Chronicle? Did you not notice? (But you Grifterguys (TM) are not really known for your logic skills – or reading skill – after all).
Melissa Baird says
Brilliant. I was just in a “faculty retreat” – A five hour meeting on our supposed break in the semester, on campus- and the subject of service burdens and pay equity came up. And the highest paid associate professor in the department, said “ we’re clearly not in it for the money.”
Well, I am. This is my job, not my life calling. I bought into the myth, the religious calling -and was fortunate to get it tenure-track job. But how fortunate is it that I’m underpaid, overworked, and that we keep losing more and more administrative assistance. Meanwhile, the stars, rise, through nepotistic networks, and extract more and more of the limited resources that we do have. Does it sound bleak? sure. Are other academics and colleagues talking about this? No. They largely perpetuating the myth- or if they do talk about it it’s in hushed tones.
Thank you Karen (and ignore the haters). it takes courage to say these things out loud, thank you
Karen Kelsky says
Thank you, Melissa! <3
Yes, thanks for this post, Karen!
I’m chairing a search committee as an untenured, second-year assistant professor (!!) in a tiny department with no admin support. I still need to send emails letting applicants know they are no longer under consideration. I’m also swamped with my 4/4 teaching load, running an academic support center, and trying to keep momentum going on 3 separate DEI research projects that are supposed to lead into curriculum changes for next academic year.
I hate that I haven’t had a chance to send out the hundred-ish emails yet, but it unfortunately keeps getting bumped to the bottom of my to-do list and most likely won’t be resolved until spring break. It absolutely takes more funding and infrastructural support to change the culture around academic hiring.