Academic conferences as a great con job?

Photo; Anthony Moretti 2Oct2016

Inside Higher Ed reports that some university faculty think the commitment to annually attend an academic conference is not in their best interests.

Conference costs — from major purchases, such as airfare, to smaller ones, such as in-transit Wi-Fi — can quickly eat up significant shares of academics’ budgets, Gay says. While that may be feasible for more senior faculty members or deans who can afford to personally cover what they are not reimbursed for or be without funds while awaiting reimbursement, she adds, it’s not for newer, lower-paid professors and adjuncts.

Gay goes on to call conference costs, even those reimbursed by institutions, interest-free loans or savings given to a college or university from a faculty member, given the lag time on reimbursements. Moreover, she says, these institutions benefit from their faculty members attending conferences, and the conferences aren’t optional: professors must attend them to be promoted.

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