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UGA @ugapsychology prof, PI: @ugainfantlab. Baby scientist. She/her. #BLM. Opinions=mine.
Jan 12 10 tweets 6 min read
Remember that time that thousands of UGA undergrads came downtown to celebrate the natty, and police showed up with tear gas and riot gear because they were blocking streets? Wait, let me check my notes... (a necessary thread that will probably lose me a few followers) I'm a huge sports fan, I've been on the faculty for 24 years now and I "bleed red and black" as they say. I LOVE UGA and its students. I'm the mom of a UGA sophomore who was downtown celebrating Monday night with many others. I cried and screamed when we won.
Jan 10 6 tweets 2 min read
Question for my USG colleagues. I imagine, if we follow each other on here, you have the good common sense to make clear to students that you will excuse Covid absences. However, what have your universities told you? Have you been instructed that you MUST? (thread) Here is the guidance that UGA faculty were provided by our provost and VP of instruction. Hopefully this link works. It attempts to thread a needle, I think, between "it's up to faculty" vs. "please be accommodating." mailchi.mp/uga/instructio…
Oct 13, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Unsolicited advice for my USG colleagues: I think how we talk about this tenure debacle matters, especially for conversations with people outside of academia. Tenure is not being eliminated. What is being significantly undermined are the protections afforded by tenure. Short version: tenure will still exist, but our existing policies for post tenure review are being radically changed, making it easier to fire faculty for capricious or political reasons, with existing due process protections undermined or eliminated.
Oct 12, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
I appreciate my Atlanta-based USG colleagues making a last-ditch effort to draw publicity to this terrible policy that the USG is ramming through and the Regents are likely to sign today. Here's my argument, for all the business-minded folks out there (including Regents)... It's often joked that academics don't know what it's like outside the ivory tower (despite the public service and research we do across the state, but I'll let that go for now). Imagine you own a company and have thousands of highly trained employees.
Oct 11, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
Over 300 UGA faculty have joined this online meeting, in which Dr Denley has presented a sunny overview of the gigantic policy changes, and is avoiding answering direct questions about why campus governance bodies were kept out of the loop as this is being rammed through. If you’ve ever graded a student essay answer on a test where they don’t know the answer but they write a lot of words, that’s what this feels like. Also, side note, is Microsoft Teams always this jerky on video?
Oct 11, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
UGA faculty are meeting with USG Chief Academic Office Tristan Denley this afternoon. This document clearly lays out the nature of our objections. Lots of faculty (who have better things to do!) have spent a lot of time poring over these proposals: drive.google.com/file/d/1aZcGZL… It's been like a game of whack-a-mole because the USG seems to be rushing through a vote on a monumental policy, where significant irregularities and problematic wording has been pointed out by USG faculty around the state, as well as provosts and other admins.