With most jobs, there is a level of stress that comes with it. Hence, that is the joy of life. But, not knowing your fate after 5 years of work is “real stress. I am not a fan of the year to year contract system offered by some schools. Part of my proposal for the independent school conference I am co-presenting with a Dean of faculty from a Florida private school discusses the concept of creating an academic community by way of promoting academic security. I will blog more on this topic when all is close to being doing. Right now I am still reading through the literature of my research for the national independent school conference.
Regardless, nothing should promote an act of violence. I am still shocked that this incident did not get much coverage regarding tenure:
Amy Bishop, a Harvard PhD, a wife and mother, a successful biology researcher, a University of Alabama professor whose students seem to admire her, took out a gun during a biology department meeting on the Huntsville campus and shot everyone in sight.
She killed three of her colleagues, including the department chair, and left three people (two professors, one administrator) in critical condition. Police arrived within seconds and took her into custody within minutes. Within hours, her apparent motive emerged: Denial of tenure.