9.469 young & old faculty, intellectual matchmaking

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Fri, 19 Jan 1996 08:54:34 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 469.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: ocramer@cc.colorado.edu (21)
Subject: Young faculty, old faculty, productivity

[2] From: Willard McCarty <mccarty@phoenix.princeton.edu> (13)
Subject: no match?

Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 10:44:26 MST
From: ocramer@cc.colorado.edu
Subject: Young faculty, old faculty, productivity

If it isn't too late for this thread I'd like to think
about this issue of managerial revolution plus faculty
downsizing plus changing professional ethos, in the light
of reasonable projections for the future. I've read
William Massy and Robert Zemsky's Educom paper on information
technology and academic productivity (available at


and wonder whether its suggested adaptive future, with
technology replacing some faculty labor and *allowing
that time to go into activities now done by administrators*,
does not hold some promise for a faculty, willing to
participate in governance/administration, modestly increasing
its numbers and influence, in other words bucking the recent
trends. Young faculty or would-be faculty, with the right
technological skills and with core humanist values, might
be crucially helpful. Old faculty tend to complain of their
young colleagues' unwillingness to serve on committees etc.;
is technology a motivator for a change on that front?
Owen Cramer
Classics/Comp. Lit.
Colorado College

Date: Fri, 19 Jan 1996 08:42:41 -0500
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@utoronto.ca>
Subject: no match

To my question,

>Perhaps some young and (mis-)employed scholars would care to say whether
they would
>in fact make use of an intellectual matchmaking service?

I have received the following response:

>Oh, all right. No. The problem with not being employed in a teaching
>and research position is not that I don't know what to do with my time
>but that I have no time to do what I know I want to do.
>(Name withheld by request)

Am I, then, foolishly dreaming?