I work at a private university. I have already told them I am not returning next year. I am traveling next week for an academic obligation. I applied for leave months ago, scheduled makeup classes for the days I will miss, and have the leave approved by my chair.
Evidently, some of the Taiwanese faculty are PISSED that I am going. They think it is not right since the semester is still in full swing (guess these ‘professors’ don’t understand how academia works). Today, my chair told me that she’s been getting pressured from everyone, and now I must appear at a meeting tomorrow–with “faculty from various departments”–to justify the fact that I am going, and explain how I will makeup the classes (even though I already filled out a form with the makeup schedule, which is very detailed).
This makes no sense. Tomorrow is payday, if it weren’t (or if the meeting wasn’t in the morning) I would just blow this off. My wife will be checking my account during the meeting…if my salary clears, I’ll just beg them to fire me, since I could REALLY use the week off.
Feels like some sort of court martial. Anyone ever hear of something like this?
This university fired 55 Taiwanese teachers last year, and all of their foreign teachers. It’s a real nasty place. People have told me it isn’t AT the bottom of Taiwanese universities…it IS the bottom. I’ve also heard it is run by gangsters and is totally crooked (很黑)