jobs . . . hiring
John O'Brien (JOBRIEN@UCS.INDIANA.EDU)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 12:09:25 EST
Bonnie Blackwell pointed out in a private message that my `feelings' on
honoring the social contract and the encouragement of individuals into
the profession(s) of the social sciences . . . can be interpretted as
implying bad faith/dishonesty on the part of faculty . . .
That I would like to clear up . . . my post was meant to state how I felt
about a situation in which a social contract has been broken, primarily by
political groups outside of academic institutions, who have reduced funding
and otherwise limited economic growth . . . as Bonnie points out . . .
predictions are based on known knowledge at a given point . . .
I think Rick Wilks post on journal reviews shows the result . . . people
are being demanded to be overworked in the current economic situation, all
across the board . . . to the detriment of the ALL.
Anyway, two weeks is nothing to have an article sit on a desk . . . lightning
speed in reality . . . some cases go on for years, or articles are sent back
to editors because there just is no time to do them, etc.
Regardless, the jobs hiring post was simply a statement that we really cannot
allow administrative and legislative breaking of the `academic contract'
. . . it puts people (perfectly human with perfectly good intents) into
situations that are virtually intolerable. For example, faculty who fully
expected to see the `90's open positions (based on professional projections
of needs that were published in the 70's and 80's) . . . suddenly found
that those predictions were not accurate . . . thus, a social contract
broken by the `STATE' (in its broadest sense of the word) . . . forcing
people into situations they feel responsible for, but had no responsibility
Another reason for arguing for concerted efforts to reverse the economic
and employment situation . . . thank you Bonnie.