Dodgeball, Disco, and Dreams: Reflections on Faculty Workload and Assessment at SCU’s
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 5 No. 3 (2004): Vol-5-Issue-3-March-2004
Fellow faculty members, I have something urgent to say, something that will, no doubt, shock nearly
every one of you who reads this article. But, again, I believe that it needs to be said, and we should no
longer be polite about what we all know to be the truth. No doubt, due to the brutal nature of my
message, some of you will want to turn your attention to another article. My friends in academia, we are
all squirrels chasing too many nuts.
Somehow we have become involved in the management of education rather than the practice of
education. And this shift forces us to ask, “Why?”—while we continually engage in a series of activities
we feel involves something other than what we went into the practice of education for in the first place.
In The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus describes the human condition in post-WWII society:
It happens that the stage sets collapse. Rising, streetcar, four hours in the office or factory, meal,
streetcar four hours of work, meal, sleep, and Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday and
Saturday according to the same rhythm—this path is easily followed most of the time. But one day the
“why” arises and everything begins in that weariness tinged with amazement.