Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Trashing Morale?

Inside Higher Ed
November 18th, 2014

Perks are fewer and farther between for faculty members these days, especially those teaching at public institutions. But they can still expect the basics, such as somebody else emptying their trash cans at the end of the day, right? Not any more, at least not at West Virginia University. The institution recently announced that faculty members must begin taking out their own garbage, in order to encourage recycling. But some professors object to the measure and its premise, saying that the move is more about conserving the bottom line than the environment, and that the new policy comes at the expense of faculty morale.
“The primary issue is that we’re not talking about the real issue,” said Hawley Montgomery-Downs, an associate professor of psychology at West Virginia who has been a vocal opponent of the new trash duty. “What’s really going on is budget cuts, carried out in these decisions of which the faculty is unilaterally informed.”

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