First our Dean asked us hamster studies faculty to create an academic staff position for a "trailing spouse" of a hotshot assistant prof over in the English Department. The money came from the Provost's slush fund for
such purposes, so we did it, and she even got a very large and sought-after office to boot. Not sure what she was doing or teaching - something called "digital hamster humanities." But the Dean was happy he
made the Provost happy, so we were not unhappy.
Next we were asked to create a tenure-track position for her. We were told she and Hubby were considering joint TT positions in some good southern State Uni and we needed to "step up to the plate." This time the free money would last two years. Our Dean still wanted a happy Provost, so he was on board. To meet the challenge from state uni Down South, we were instructed that we needed to decide immediately. We felt we were being played.
Before we could even meet to discuss the issue, word came down that we didn't act fast enough: the couple was leaving. They were taking TT jobs at a mediocre eastern state uni's satellite campus in one of the poorest cities with one of the highest crime rates in the US. Comeuppance?
We wished them luck and godspeed, and now the plan is to put two staffers in her office when it becomes vacant in July. I only hope they don't visit their new campus before then and back out.
Old Fart Prof