“Failed Academic”?

Someone used that phrase a couple days ago to refer to some faculty at a high school.

Just for your information, I did not fail; I did bail.

I am a bailed academic.

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8 Responses to “Failed Academic”?

  1. Frolic says:

    Half the academics I know are failures, and most of those have tenure.

    • G Bitch says:

      I think your use of the word “failure” is somewhat different than the “failed academic” use of the word “failure” but it doesn’t negate the truth in your statement–all too often, those who get and hold on tightest to tenure offer the least to the university, their colleagues, students and communities. Sad but true.

      Let me add that that failure I outline above is not caused by tenure.

      • Frolic says:

        Trust me, I know. I am a failed academic myself.

        I’ve even published a CHE first person piece on my epic failure.

        (Although oddly my day job now is teaching in a university. Funny how things work out.)

        • G Bitch says:

          Since I don’t know who you “really” are, I can’t say I’ve read the CHE article or can find it. I am interested in your encounters with academia.

          But there is a difference–isn’t a “failed academic” someone who sincerely tries but fails to get tenure? Which excludes those with tenure who do nothing with it for their field, university, students, communities?

          I wasn’t tossed out of the system. At the University, tenure, meaning a commitment from the university to support that particular academic, was a fucking joke. To enter that system pretending like tenure meant something would’ve been pure insanity. I might or might not have gotten tenure and it would’ve had nothing to do with my effectiveness in the classroom, my talent or potential. And with low student numbers in my specialty, even with tenure I was sure to be “let go” in 1-2 years. It was more of a Why am I bothering? question at the time than Will I make it? If I’d made it, it would’ve been to have the privilege of teaching 4/4 with the same salary and more non-teaching responsibilities than I already had. Skews the meaning of “privilege.”

          I think I got off track. What were we talking about?

  2. liprap says:

    You know what they say about sinking ships: women and children first. The children get out the earliest through graduating.

  3. G Bitch says:

    Frolic, I thought your comment was on the jokey side but couldn’t be sure. Excuse my overly-serious and -sincere reply.

    Good article, too. [Yes, it is surprising but true that no one cares about your master’s or doctorate degree in the humanities. I’m lucky my few publications are non-academic but they are still yawnable to most.] It may be old to you but is helpful to this get-me-the-fuck-out-of-teaching trying-to-be-ex professor.

    Though I never learned anything as useful as Spanish. What skills I do have, people don’t think they need.

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