Friday, December 25, 2015

When Loyalty to Your Institution is Not Reciprocated

In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the writer tells how he went through a difficult institutional experience and reached this conclusion:

When push came to shove, all my years of service to the institution, all my outstanding teaching evaluations, all my publications and presentations, apparently meant nothing to the college’s corporatist administrators. They showed me no loyalty whatsoever. In the aftermath, I came to realize that I, therefore, owed no loyalty to them, to the institution, or to the department.

He advises ill-served academics to place other loyalties first: family, your career beyond the institution, your profession, your students, your discipline, and your colleagues.

As is probably true of most academics, I have days when I identify with the author.

You may be able to access the article here, though you may need a subscription.


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