Following the comments on Adam’s recent post, “Relationship Learning,” I felt compelled to tell this story.
I long while back, shortly after I began my Ph.D. program at Drew, I had a student formally challenge my ability to teach an introduction course to the adminstration of Laughable Community College, mainly because the student was caught plagiarizing twice in my course. The dean took this complaint from the student quite seriously–I have stories about this dean to share another time–and she went through my file. As it happens, no one asked me to provide transcripts to prove that I in fact have a master’s degree from the University of Chicago. So she summoned me to her office and acted as if I was in big trouble, and they were going to withhold my pay for the summer course I was then teaching until I could provide an official graduate transcript. She assured me that this had nothing to do with quality of instruction, but “we must take concerns about the faculty’s reputation seriously.”
Fair enough, I don’t have a problem sending transcripts.
So the transcripts came a week or two later, and I was again requested to meet to her office. Read the rest of this entry »