Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The 'Right Not to Work'

MAY 5, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The 'Right Not to Work'

by Colleen Flaherty, InsideHigherEd.Com

"As colleges and universities agonize over whether students will return in the fall, either to campus or online, they’re making a big assumption: that faculty members will show up to teach.

The expectation isn’t ill founded. Faculty jobs, especially the good ones, were hard to come by even before hundreds of institutions announced pandemic-related hiring freezes. No one wants to be out of a job right now. But no one wants to get sick, either.

Teaching online for another semester is so far outside many professors’ original job descriptions that it is nearly as unpalatable, to some, as being shut in a room with students. Even so, many professors say they'd prefer a remote term, or even a delayed academic year, to teaching face-to-face again too soon."

“So far, no one has really talked about protecting the faculty,” said Alan Czyzewski, a professor of accounting at Indiana State University who is over 60 and statistically at a greater risk of falling ill with COVID-19 than many of his students and some of his colleagues. “I’m not saying we shouldn’t be doing everything we can for students, but the faculty are equally important. If we get sick, or three to four of us get sick all at the same time, who’s going to be teaching class?”

>> Situational Awareness: "The right not to work under certain conditions," writes Christopher Lee of Lafayette. “Given that a number of schools are seeking to re-open before a vaccine is available, one prospect is to give faculty members the choice of whether to continue teaching online or not. This proposal could benefit at-risk colleagues, while allowing the option of in-class teaching if a faculty member prefers it.”

>> Why It Matters: "What happens if a faculty member, staff or student dies. Is a college or university liable? Is that institution responsible for not taking appropriate measures to work against the spread of infection? All of the questions, and many others, must be answered clearly and unambiguously."

>> Be Smart: Substitute coaches for faculty members.

>> An interesting read and look into our future.

2.  Fall Plans

From the Chronicle of Higher Education, here’s an alphabetical list of Division III colleges that have either disclosed their plans, mentioned them in news reports, or set a deadline for deciding.
  • Amherst - hopes to decide by June
  • Concordia, Texas - plans plans to resume “normal operations” in the fall
  • Cornell College - expanded its existing block calendar to 10 3.5-week sessions to allow maximum flexibility to either return to campus or continue distance learning in the fall
  • Covenant - will resume on-campus instruction in the fall if governmental authorities allow it
  • Earlham expects a decision on fall plans by June 15
  • Emory & Henry - planning for fall classes “to take place on campus with the proper measures taken to ensure the safety of students, faculty, guests and visitors”
  • Hampden-Sydney - "We will convene as a community and hold classes here at Hampden-Sydney this fall as we have for the past 245 years."
  • Hollins - planning for in-person fall classes
  • Huntingdon - plans to start fall semester in-person on August 10
  • Husson - "Husson will be welcoming students back to our campus in the fall, provided health authorities at the local, state and federal level deem it safe to reopen."
  • Middlebury - “We are working toward a safe and secure opening of our campus for the fall semester,” with a plan to be announced by June 22.
  • Mount Union - hopes to resume face-to-face classes in the fall, but planning for alternatives
  • Pacific - “We plan to launch our fall terms on campus, with appropriate adjustments.”
  • Pacific Lutheran - plans to return to in-person instruction in the fall
  • Puget Sound - "We plan to welcome new and returning students to campus in the fall and resume in-person courses … while adhering to public health guidelines."
  • Rhodes - will share plans by May 27
  • Rochester - "making plans to offer two full semesters of instruction to our undergraduate and graduate students, ideally beginning with in-person orientation and classes”
  • Sarah Lawrence - plans to begin fall semester as scheduled, while exploring a number of scenarios for accomplishing that
  • Sweet Briar - plans to resume in-person instruction in the fall
  • University of La Verne - “We are planning to resume face-to-face instruction and residence hall operation in the fall.”
  • University of New England - planning to reopen campus in the fall
  • Westminster (Mo.) — plans to start fall semester in-person

as of May 4, 5:24 p.m. EDT

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    4.  The List

    The longest national championship streaks in Division III.
    1. Kenyon men's swimming and diving - 31 (1980-2010)
    2. Kenyon women's swimming and diving - 17 (1984-2000)
    3. Methodist women's golf - 15 (1998-2012)
    4. Hobart men's lacrosse - 12 (1980-91)
    5. Emory women's swimming and diving - 10 (2010-19) *
    6. Williams rowing - 8 (2006-13)
    7. Methodist men's golf - 6 (1994-99)
    8. UW-La Crosse men's indoor track and field - 6 (2001-06)
    9. Washington U. women's volleyball - 6 (1991-96)
    10. Williams women's tennis - 6 (2008-13)
    * active

    5.  Comings and Goings

    6. 1 Babysitting Thing

    With parents stuck at home juggling work, child care and their own mental health, babysitting has become "something that happens over a Zoom or FaceTime call during the day, usually for an hour or less," reports the Washington Post's Heather Kelly.
    • For one high-end Miami company, "each sitter makes an advance plan for how they’ll spend the video time based on the kids’ age and interests, and it can include art projects, singing, meditation, Legos or dance."
    The bottom line: "The demand for virtual babysitting might increase as the school year, in its mostly virtual form, comes to an end next month and parents who have to work are faced with even less help over the summer."

    - courtesy of Axios
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