Imagine my disgust at learning that the faculty
contract is up in smoke on the same day that I learned of the
administration's cave-in on unionization of undergraduate resident
assistants. Some "industrial action" is called for.
But I do not support calls for faculty to reduce their student
contact hours, withhold grades, or engage in any other action
that harms students. No, I prefer a gesture that harms only myself,
and I suggest other tenured faculty follow my lead.
Namely, I am contemplating withholding my Annual
Faculty Report. These reports are essential for getting merit
raises (under the evaporated union contract) and to let our colleagues
know how productive we've been. They're a major investment in
time by preparers and the handful of faculty who are suppose to
read them. For me, the Annual Faculty Report reaffirms my right
to tenure and the perks that go with it, just as it did last year
and for my entire four-decade stint as a faculty member. The only
folks who might miss my Annual Faculty Report are members of the
administration, who have to justify their existence, too.