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Staying Sort-Of Hunkered Down

April 11th, 2017 at 05:29 pm

This has been a glum week in my academic department; we've issued "none renewals" to seven people, some of whom have been here for more than 15 years. Demographics are hurting us, and it's going to be a bleak few years. I've spoken to several of them, and we're trying to figure out what we can do for people. My decision to go for what I'll call alt-tenure a few years ago was, in retrospect, very wise. It seemed to have no reward at the time and took months to complete, but we're only hiring two people without it in the fall.

Faced with their situations, we're still in modified frugality around here.I've spent nothing since Sunday, and tonight was an amazing variety of leftover made a bit more exciting by crudites and dip. Eat it all, as my friends the Frugalwoods say. DH is still toting his lunch as is DD. I gratefully accepted a coffee from the textbook peddler who came to visit me during my office hours.

I'm very glad Monday and Tuesday are done. The rest of the week is busy but easy. I'm starting the cash transfer toward the $100K goal tonight.

7 Responses to “Staying Sort-Of Hunkered Down”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Sorry to hear about the job losses at the university. But congrats on the cash goal beginning!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    It's scary what's happening in higher ed. Glad you have "tenure" to see you through.

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Sorry to hear about the layoffs, it never hurts to be prudent though and cut costs where possible.

  4. NJDebbie Says:

    April/May is gloom months in public school education as well around here. Our district has eliminated positions already for next year. I'm glad you are tenured though. Good luck with your $100K goal!

  5. Dido Says:

    Glad your position is safe, sorry to hear about the department. So bad for morale. I hope your colleagues can find life outside of academia. You know one person, at least, who is not looking back! I don't miss it, and the fear of leaving was worse than the actuality of it.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Whenever there are layoffs, I'm sure it makes everyone's stress level go up. Sorry to learn of these. I think you have been wise being frugal. Glad you are doing well on your goal.

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Sorry about the layoffs Frown

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