The brief moment of tenure in American universities

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Befitting the title and the subject of this post, I’ll try to be brief. Stanley Aronowitz, in his 1998 essay on faculty working conditions called “The last good job in America,” tells us the following: “Organizations such as the American Association of University Professors originally fought for tenure because, contrary to popular, even academic, belief, […]

Testimonials of precarity in American academia

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I’m about to post a few things about precarious jobs and political responses to precarious jobs in French higher education, but before I do that, I wanted to call a bit of attention to this fragment of a personal narrative of precarious work in American higher ed, which I came across by chance in an […]

Nietzsche’s Niche: Kirp on the University of Chicago

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

I was just reading Christopher Newfield’s interesting 2003 book review on university-industry relations when I noticed that he mentioned a chapter by Kirp on the University of Chicago. The following rather florid (occasionally insulting) prose is interesting — at least to me — because it proceeds from remarking that the university is a bastion of […]