More ways for research to die.
More atrocities from the trenches-
I'm hearing from young faculty at R1 or near-R1 universities that their departments are adding more (irrelevant) criteria to their tenure reviews and candidate searches because of a disturbing trend.
Apparently more and more of the last generation of hires are so burned out, that by the time they get tenure, they shut down their labs, stop doing research, and declare from now on that they will only be teaching.
Then the department is screwed, because they sank all this startup money into this person, and now they can't afford to hire anyone new, even if they have plenty of candidates who are actually doing research.
Of course, this 'backup plan' only works at places where your salary is covered by teaching a minimum courseload every year.
Still, I thought this was bizarre, and kind of funny in a horrible way, and I had never heard of it before.
I could just picture these newly tenured faculty, smoke still coming out of their ears they're so burned out, saying
Take that, stupid broken system! We're going to sit on our asses and to hell with this bullshit about a research career! Muahahaha!
(Not to say that teaching isn't hard work too, but assuming that they aren't taking on a double load of teaching now that they have no lab management or funding obligations.)
I've heard plenty of stories about people getting tenure and then quitting to go to industry.
You've heard of these people, they go to places like Genentech. Initially you wonder why, but then you think, $$$$$$. Oh, I get it.
But I thought this teaching-only solution was a new twist, especially at research universities.
Is this happening at your university? I haven't heard of it happening at mine, yet.